51Very truly, I tell you, whoever keeps my word will never see death. 52The Jews said to him, Now we know that you have a demon. Abraham died, and so did the prophets; yet you say, Whoever keeps my word will never taste death. 53Are you greater than our father Abraham, who died? The prophets also died. Who do you claim to be? 54Jesus answered, If I glorify myself, my glory is nothing. It is my Father who glorifies me, he of whom you say, He is our God, 55though you do not know him. But I know him; if I were to say that I do not know him, I would be a liar like you. But I do know him and I keep his word. 56Your ancestor Abraham rejoiced that he would see my day; he saw it and was glad. 57Then the Jews said to him, You are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?* 58Jesus said to them, Very truly, I tell you, before Abraham was, I am. 59So they picked up stones to throw at him, but Jesus hid himself and went out of the temple.
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