The test (Jn 8:6-8:6)

“They said this

To test Jesus.

Thus,

They might have

Some charge

To bring

Against him.

Jesus bent down.

He wrote

With his finger

On the ground.”

τοῦτο δὲ ἔλεγον πειράζοντες αὐτόν, ἵνα ἔχωσι κατηγορεῖν αὐτοῦ. ὁ δὲ Ἰησοῦς κάτω κύψας, τῷ δακτύλῳ ἔγραφεν εἰς τὴν γῆν·

John indicated that the Pharisees and Scribes had said this (τοῦτο δὲ ἔλεγον) to test Jesus (πειράζοντες αὐτόν).  Thus, they might have some grounds or a charge (ἵνα ἔχωσι) to bring against or accuse him (κατηγορεῖν αὐτοῦ).  Jesus (ὁ δὲ Ἰησοῦς) bent or stooped down (κάτω κύψας).  Then he wrote (ἔγραφεν) with his finger (τῷ δακτύλῳ) on the ground (εἰς τὴν γῆν).  These Jewish religious leaders were testing Jesus, since they were not seeking his legal opinion or advice.  If he proposed stoning her, he would be running afoul of the Roman law that forbade stoning.  If he did not stone her, he would be going against the Mosaic law.  What was he going to do?  He started to write on the Jerusalem Temple floor.  Actually, no one really knows what he wrote on the ground, since it is not explicitly mentioned.  What is your opinion about sexual offenses?

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