let him who is without sin cast the first stone

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An allusion to an utterance of Jesus’ in John 8:7, viz. “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.”[1]

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let him who is without sin cast the first stone

  1. Only those who are faultless have the right to pass judgment upon others (implying that no one is faultless and that, therefore, no one has such a right to pass judgment).
    • 1710, Richard Lucas, Twenty Four Sermons Preached on Several Occaſions (2nd ed., printed for Benjamin Walford and William Innys at the Princes-Arms in St Paul’s Church-Yard), volume II, sermon VI: “Charity in Cenſuring Sinners”, page 150
      The behaviour of our Lord on this occaſion, conſiſting in two things; An Anſwer to the Scribes and Phariſees, and Admonition to the wretched Sinner. His Anſwer to the Scribes and Phariſees is, Let him that is without ſin caſt the firſt ſtone. His Admonition to the Woman, Go and ſin no more.

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  1. ^ The Holy Bible, Authorized King James Version (1611), “The Gospel According to John”, chapter 8, verses 3–7
      ³And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst,
      ⁴They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.
      ⁵Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?
      ⁶This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.
      ⁷So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.