John 10:1-21

I Am the Good Shepherd

1Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a robber. 2But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 3To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. 5 aA stranger they will not follow, but they will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.” 6This figure of speech Jesus bused with them, but they cdid not understand what he was saying to them.

7So Jesus again said to them, Truly, truly, I say to you dI am the door of the sheep. 8All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. 9I am the door. If anyone enters by me ehe will be saved and will go in and out and ffind pasture. 10The thief comes only to steal and gkill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. 11 hI am the good shepherd. The good shepherd ilays down his life for the sheep. 12He who is ja hired hand and not a shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and kleaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and lscatters them. 13He flees because mhe is a hired hand and ncares nothing for the sheep. 14 oI am the good shepherd. pI know my own and qmy own know me, 15 rjust as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and sI lay down my life for the sheep. 16And tI have other sheep that are not of this fold. uI must bring them also, and vthey will listen to my voice. So there will be wone flock xone shepherd. 17 yFor this reason the Father loves me zbecause aaI lay down my life that I may take it up again. 18 abNo one takes it from me, but acI lay it down adof my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and aeI have authority to take it up again. afThis charge I have received from my Father.”

19 agThere was again a division among the Jews because of these words. 20Many of them said ah“He has a demon, and aiis insane; why listen to him?” 21Others said, “These are not the words of one who is oppressed by a demon. ajCan a demon open the eyes of the blind?”

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