John 8:6


“This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.”

King James Version (KJV)



Other Translations of John 8:6

“This they said, tempting him, that they might haue to accuse him. But Iesus stouped downe, and with his finger wrote on the ground as though he heard them not.”
King James Version (1611) - View original scan of John chapter 8

“They were saying this, testing Him, so that they might have grounds for accusing Him. But Jesus stooped down and with His finger wrote on the ground.”
New American Standard Version (1995)

“And this they said, trying him, that they might have `whereof' to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground.”
American Standard Version (1901)

“They said this, testing him, so that they might have something against him. But Jesus, with his head bent down, made letters on the floor with his finger.”
Basic English Bible

“But this they said proving him, that they might have [something] to accuse him [of]. But Jesus, having stooped down, wrote with his finger on the ground.”
Darby Bible

“And this they said tempting him, that they might accuse him. But Jesus bowing himself down, wrote with his finger on the ground. ”
Douay Rheims Bible

“This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not. ”
Webster's Bible

“They asked this in order to put Him to the test, so that they might have some charge to bring against Him. But Jesus leant forward and began to write with His finger on the ground.”
Weymouth Bible

“They said this testing him, that they might have something to accuse him of. But Jesus stooped down, and wrote on the ground with his finger.”
World English Bible

“And thei seiden this thing temptynge hym, that thei myyten accuse hym. And Jhesus bowide hym silf doun, and wroot with his fyngur in the erthe.”
Wycliffe Bible

“and this they said, trying him, that they might have to accuse him. And Jesus, having stooped down, with the finger he was writing on the ground,”
Youngs Literal Bible


GiGi's comment on 2022-05-04 10:38:05:


Thanks for your explanation. As a believer we all should be serious about imitating Christ in our behaviors. That is our primary call.

The Holy Spirit does correct us and urge us to return to this when we stray from obedience to His commands and fall into sinful behavior that weakens our resolve to refuse sinful temptations. I am not a OSAS person, but I do trust God has the power to keep me.

In regards to those who do fall away as not being truly saved, I do no hold to that. I have three sons who believed the gospel and trusted Jesus up into their early teens and walked away from Him. Do I tell them that even though they believed they were not really saved? To me this makes God out to be a liar and a trickster to our children who grow up in belief in Jesus and walk away. Would telling them that encourage them to want to put their trust in such a God like that?

I continue to pray for my sons to return to the Lord like the prodigal. I believe that God desires the same for them and will draw them back to him in His timing.


Erich's comment on 2022-05-04 09:07:27:

Verse 51- "Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death". This is such a powerful verse. there are so many people out there who are falsely claiming that once a person is saved they are always saved. They will say that disobedience to Christ will lead to chastisement or physical death, but, they are eternally secure. However, this could not be further from the truth and makes Christ out to be a liar. Very interesting that Christ says IF a man keeps his sayings they shall never see death, which is spiritual death. I just had a guy yesterday try telling me that all "true believers" will keep his sayings. However, my question is why did Christ not say that? And, why did Paul write in Romans 2:6-9 "Who will render to every man according to his deeds:To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life:"? Paul knew there would be those in the church who would use their liberty in Christ as a license to sin, which is why he specifically warned BELIEVERS against walking away from Christ. He is 100% clear that salvation is conditional. He further highlights this in Gal. 5: 1-4 "Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free (true believers), and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing. For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law. Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace." Notice, we as (true) believers can be SEVERED from Christ and fallen from grace. If Christ is the only way to Heaven, how can think we are eternally secure if God's very word warns against it? The OSAS crowd can't prove the Bible teaches "true" believers will automatically endure to the end. We must follow the spirit and never walk away of an evil heart of unbelief!!


Jayson's comment on 2022-02-22 23:28:19:

Very nice! I really like how you said it here! And I agree.


denise's comment on 2022-02-05 09:16:56:

Jesus Christ says it very clearly, Ye are of your father the devil!!!!!

With everything going on in the world, He already new what was in their minds, hearts, and souls!!!

You went against His words and the Fathers!!!!!

There is plenty of room for all that worship satan, have fun in darkness, because that is what the Lord

says in His word!!!

BYE BYE!!!!!!


Gregg's comment on 2021-03-31 13:21:27:

Thank you Jesse for replying with comments.


Gregg's comment on 2021-03-31 13:20:54:

Thank you, Richard, for your comments.


Amy Jo's comment on 2021-03-30 21:53:23:

Thank you Gregg for putting that question out here. I have also had the same question weighing on me. Thank you Jesse and Richard for your responses and guidance. God Bless my brothers in Christ.


Jesse's comment on 2021-03-30 16:34:24:

Well, Richard,

The seed was sowed whether they were interested or not. Just like in the Parable of the Sower, only one out of the four actually was able to bear the fruit of salvation!

Remain strong in Christ who is our strength!


Richard in Christ's comment on 2021-03-30 15:42:29:

So very true Jesse. Just as you, right after I was saved all I wanted to do was tell others about Jesus Christ. Pretty much every person I knew, previous work, friends, family, I told. Though only a very few were interested. Also just a different way to state what you said. Let the Lord guide your ways. Proverbs 3:5-6. Amen.


Richard in Christ's comment on 2021-03-30 10:52:41:

Hello Gregg,

As I can only tell you how "witnessing" came about with me. As God has different plans and functions for every member in the body of Christ.

I have found that keeping focused on reading the Word in the Holy Bible will help you in witnessing to others. It seems , to me, that just reading the Word over and over, taking notes of verses, marking verses and pages, book marks, in your Bible to help you find the ones that touch your heart.

Then it seems to just come naturally, by the Holy Ghost, as when maybe just talking with someone. They may say something that corrects directly to the Bible, a verse you know, and now you have a chance to bring that up that it is in the Word of God and not just made up or whatnot. As you are able to plant some seeds or water a little for the Lord.

I hope that will help you a little. May the Lord Bless you on your journey in spreading the Word of God.


Jesse's comment on 2021-03-30 10:28:36:


The way we conduct ourselves as believers is a witness and testimony in and of itself. Others should be able to see Christ through us. Now that doesn't relieve us of any responsibility to witness Christ and His gospel message to others.

But here are my thoughts on witnessing:

When God first saves us, it is in that infant stage of our salvation that we are "On fire" for the Lord. We want to get out there immediately and witness right away so others can experience and have what we have.

The problem with that is we're not ready to witness to others yet. We have to first be mended by God through His word before we get out there. It's like you mentioned, it can be overwhelming.

I can tell you from my own personal experience when I first received Christ, I wasted no time telling others and trying to convince them that they needed Christ. But when they asked tough questions, and trust me, questions will be asked, I was not ready to answer all those questions. I had not been taught yet.

We all should desire to be witnesses for Jesus Christ. But we have to first be taught before we can get out there and share with others.

One other thing I've learned over the years is that we should never go out and witness because we feel obligated to do so, or out of our own human ambition. We should witness Christ only when He leads us to do so. In other words, if His Spirit is persuading me to go, then I will go.

God is not going to bless anything I do that He is not a part of. It has to be Him leading me to witness. If He doesn't lead me, I stay put!

Just my thoughts!


Gregg's comment on 2021-03-30 08:19:23:

I'm doing a study on witnessing and how we should witness, have a desire to witness, how to witness without being overwhelmed or trying to memorize too much scripture. Would love to hear some others input, scripture reference. testimony, etc... anything you feel might be helpful in teaching others about witnessing.


Significant Endings's comment on 2021-03-29 12:48:31:

More importantly, WHY was the Curtain in the Temple torn from top to bottom? That curtain was so huge, very thick, used to cover.

No human being could have torn it that way.

That was the Son of God, victorious, showing all people's that the Covenant of the Old Testament was finished. Nothing else was left to fulfill.

The sacrifice had been made, the Blood of the Savior.... the LAMB of God, had been sprinkled.

The NEW COVENANT had been RATIFIED, judged acceptable by GOD, and the New Covenant was now, IN FORCE.

A heartbeat that will be until the moment Jesus appears in the clouds, and the end of this time we live in now, is ANNOUNCED, by the Father (GOD).



Minerva's comment on 2021-03-29 06:34:57:

why was the napkin fold


Janet's comment on 2021-03-28 06:48:19:

Have you considered Jer:17:13 the reason Jesus wrote on the earth? O Lord, the hope of Israel, All who forsake You shall be ashamed. " Those who depart from Me shall be written in the earth. Because they have forsaken the Lord, "The fountain of living waters".


Erika Booker's comment on 2015-08-29 17:05:21:

Jesus wrote let he who is with out sin cast the first stone. John 8-7. After He stood up, He then ask them the question. The conviction of there sin, made the stones fall to the ground, Jesus opened there understanding


Michele's comment on 2014-08-24 22:09:55:

Do you think that whatever Jesus was writing in the sand could 've convicted the Pharisees of their sins? Example If Jesus was writing their secret sins of their hearts


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