Greek translation

Sometimes I get so familiar with parts of the New Testament that I tend to skim over them without paying much attention. But something about translating a familiar passage from the original Greek gives it so much more meaning. Word by word, exactly what did Jesus say and do? Just to keep it real, I’ll admit that my homework brought me to tears tonight.Powerful stuff.  It’s one of the most beautiful stories of grace there is, so I just thought I’d share. I haven’t checked this against the NIV yet, so here is the Lauren Gracie translation of John 8:1-11.

And Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. And early in the morning he went to the temple again, and all the people began to come to him, and after sitting down he began to teach them. But the scribes and the Pharisees led a woman who had been caught in adultery, and putting her in the middle they said to him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of committing adultery. And in the law of Moses he commanded us to stone such women. Therefore what do you say?”

But this they said to test him that they might have something to accuse him of. But Jesus bent down and he began to write on the ground with his finger. But as they were continuing speaking to him, he straightened up and said to them, “The sinless of you, throw at her the first stone.” And again he bent down and began to write on the ground.

And the ones who heard began to go away one by one, beginning from the elders, and he was left alone with the woman in the middle. And straightening up Jesus said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”

And she said, “No one, Lord.”

And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you. Go, and from now on, sin no longer.”

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