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New Defender's Study Bible Notes

8:5 commanded us. See Leviticus 20:10 and Deuteronomy 22:22. Both of these passages, however, indicate that both parties to the adultery were to be put to death. Since the woman was caught “in the very act” (John 8:4), it is obvious that the man was caught also, so the hypocrisy of the scribes and Pharisees is apparent in their double standard. They were concerned with finding an action they could take against Jesus, not with upholding the Mosaic law.

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