their question until Jesus said,
“He who is without sin among you, let himthrow a stone at her first.”
No one threw a stone and all of the woman’saccusers left her and Jesus alone (John 8:9-11). In their zeal to trap Jesus,the scribes and Pharisees had allowed their own improper motives to blindtheir judgment. With one statement (
“He who is without sin among you…”
), Jesus caused the woman’s accusers to be
“convicted by their conscience”
(John 8:7, 9). Jesus’ statement to the accusers did not condemn judging, but causedthe accusers to consider their own motives. The men came to realize thatthey were actually willing to kill a woman if necessary to discredit Jesus. Jesus did not fault the scribes and Pharisees for accusing the woman of adultery because the accusation was true. Rather, Jesus pointed out that thereason
they brought the adulteress to Jesus in the first place washypocritical. Jesus’ statement to the woman’s accusers is similar to His otherteachings on judging:
And why do you look at the speck in your brother's eye, but do not perceive the plank in your own eye?
Or how can you say to your brother, 'Brother, let me remove the speck that is in your eye,' when you yourself do not see the plank that is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to removethe speck that is in your brother's eye.
"For a good treedoes not bear bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit.
For every tree is known by its own fruit. For men do not gather figs from thorns, nor do they gather grapes from abramble bush.
Matt. 7:1-5). Jesus does not condemn judging, butemphasizes the need for righteous, genuine, and sincere judgment (John7:24; Rom. 2:1-3). One cannot know the difference between good and badfruit without judging (Luke 6:43).Matthew 7:1-2 is often misquoted by people who believe judging isunscriptural. “ Judge not, that you be not judged.
For with what judgmentyou judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will bemeasured back to you.”Verse 2, however, emphasizes the importance of sincere, non-hypocritical judgment. Verse 6 goes on to show that judgmentis required:“Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls beforeswine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you inpieces”(Matt. 7:6).
One cannot know who is a “dog” or “swine” without judging.