The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleJohn 8:1
Jesus went unto the Mount of Olives.
] Which lay eastward of
Jerusalem, about a mile from it; hither Christ went on the evening
of the last day of the feast of tabernacles; partly to decline the
danger, and avoid the snares the Jews might lay for him in the
night season; having been disappointed and confounded in the
daytime; and it may be for the sake of recreation and diversion, to
sup with his dear friends Lazarus, Martha, and Mary, who lived at
Bethany, not far from this mount; and chiefly for private prayer to
God, on account of himself as man, and for his disciples, and for
the spread of his Gospel, and for the enlargement of his interest;
this being his common and usual method, (Luke 21:37) .