Jesus returned to the Mount of Olives, but early the next morning he was back again at the Temple.
A crowd soon gathered, and he sat down and taught them. As he was speaking, the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees brought in a woman who had been caught in the act of adultery and they put her in front of the crowd.
“Teacher,” they said to Jesus, “this woman was caught in the act of adultery. The law of Moses instructs us to stone her. But what do you say?”
They were trying to trap him into saying something they could use against him, but Jesus stooped down and wrote in the dust with his finger. They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up again and said, “Let one who has never sinned throw the first stone at her.” Then he stooped down again and wrote in the dust.
When the accusers heard this, they slipped away one by one, beginning with the oldest, until only Jesus was left with the woman. Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman, “Where are your accusers? Haven’t any of them condemned you?”
“No, Lord,” she said.
“Neither do I,” said Jesus. “Go and sin no more.”