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Abbott's Illustrated New Testament
John 8



Verse 1

The Mount of Olives; an extended elevation of land, east of Jerusalem, where there were several retired villages. It was his customary place of refuge for the night, whenever circumstances rendered it unsafe for him to remain in the city.

Verse 7

Without sin; pure, in respect to the charge which they had brought against the woman.

Verse 9

Eldest; greatest, those of highest rank and dignity.--Alone; alone in the place where the accusers had stood. Other spectators probably remained around.

Verse 11

The account of the adulterous woman here concluded is wanting in many of the earliest and best copies of the New Testament; and it is difficult now to ascertain whether it was omitted in some transcripts, or added without authority in others. It contains the highest internal evidence of being genuine; for an incident more strikingly characteristic of the genius and spirit of our Savior's teaching is not on record.

Verse 13

Is not true; not to be relied upon.

Verse 17

In your law; referring, probably, to Deuteronomy 19:15.

Verse 20

The treasury; a public court within the enclosures of the temple.--For his hour was not yet come;--and in the mean time, the evil passions of his enemies were entirely under divine regulation and control.

Verse 31

If ye continue. Many, who had for a time believed on him, afterwards left him, and went away, as is stated John 6:66.

Verse 33

Seed; descendants.--Were never in bondage. Their pride and self-conceit blinded them to their political as well as to their moral condition; for their whole nation had long been under the iron yoke of the Romans. The very test and distinction of a Pharisee was an absurd and boundless self-complacency, which nothing could disturb.

Verse 43

Cannot hear; will not receive.

Verse 51

Shall never see death; that is, shall enjoy eternal life and happiness.

Verse 56

To see my day; to foresee it.

Verse 57

Hast thou seen Abraham? He had not said that he had seen Abraham, but that Abraham saw his day. They wilfully perverted his words.


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Abbott, John S. C. & Abbott, Jacob. "Commentary on John 8:4". "Abbott's Illustrated New Testament". 1878.

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