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A woman accused of adultery

How will Jesus judge a guilty woman?
Contributed by Richard Gunther
Story also available on our translated websites: Spanish, Portuguese, Polish
Early in the morning Jesus went into the Temple. A large crowd gathered to hear Jesus and He sat and taught them. – Slide 1
The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought a woman to Jesus. She had been caught in adultery. – Slide 2
They forced the woman to stand before the people. They said to Jesus, ‘Teacher, this woman was caught having an affair with a man who is not her husband. – Slide 3
‘The law of Moses commands that we kill with stones every woman who does this. What do you say we should do?’ – Slide 4
They were asking this to trick Jesus so that they could charge Him with disobeying the law if He did not say she should be stoned. – Slide 5
But Jesus knelt down and started writing on the ground with His finger. They continued to ask Jesus their question. So He stood up and said, ‘Is there anyone here who has never sinned? The person without sin can throw the first stone at this woman.’ Then Jesus knelt down again and wrote on the ground. – Slide 6
Those who were accusing the woman began to leave one by one. The older men left first, and then the others. – Slide 7
Jesus was left there alone with the woman. She was standing before Him. Jesus stood up again and asked her, ‘Woman, all of those people have gone. Has no one judged you guilty?’ – Slide 8
She answered, ‘No one has judged me.’ <br/>Then Jesus said, ‘I also don’t judge you. You may go now, but don’t sin again.’ – Slide 9
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