(2) The One Who Is the I Am before Abraham
52 The Jews therefore said to Him, Now we know that You ahave a demon. Abraham died, and the prophets too; yet You say, If anyone keeps My word, he shall by no means btaste death forever.
53 Are You greater than our father Abraham, who died? The prophets died too. Who are You making Yourself?
54 Jesus answered, aIf I glorify Myself, My glory is nothing; it is bMy Father who glorifies Me, of whom you say that He is your God.
55 Yet ayou have not 1known Him, but bI 1know Him. And if I say that I do not know Him, I will be like you, ca liar; but I do know Him and I keep His word.
56 Your father Abraham exulted that he would see My day, and he saw it and rejoiced.
57 The Jews then said to Him, You are not yet fifty years old, and have You seen Abraham?
58 Jesus said to them, Truly, truly, I say to you, aBefore Abraham came into being, 1bI am.
59 So they apicked up stones to throw at Him, but Jesus was hidden and went out of the temple.