hIsa. 40:11; Ezek. 34:12, 23; 37:24; Zech. 13:7; Heb. 13:20; 1 Pet. 2:25; 5:4; [ch. 21:15-17; Ps. 23; Rev. 7:17]
I Am the Good Shepherd1“Truly, 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?”
I and the Father Are One22At that time the Feast of Dedication took place at Jerusalem. It was winter, 23and Jesus was walking in the temple, akin the colonnade of Solomon. 24So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are althe Christ, amtell us plainly.” 25Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe. anThe works that I do aoin my Father’s name bear witness about me, 26but apyou do not believe because you are not among my sheep. 27 aqMy sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. 28 arI give them eternal life, and asthey will never perish, and atno one will snatch them out of my hand. 29My Father, auwho has given them to me ▼
▼Some manuscripts What my Father has given to meawis greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of axthe Father’s hand. 30 ayI and the Father are one.”
31 azThe Jews picked up stones again to stone him. 32Jesus answered them, “I have shown you many good works from the Father; for which of them are you going to stone me?” 33The Jews answered him, “It is not for a good work that we are going to stone you but bafor blasphemy, because you, being a man, bbmake yourself God.” 34Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in bcyour Law, bd‘I said, you are gods’? 35If he called them gods to whom the word of God came—and Scripture cannot be bebroken— 36do you say of him whom bfthe Father consecrated and bgsent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because bhI said, ‘I am the Son of God’? 37 biIf I am not doing the works of my Father, then do not believe me; 38but if I do them, bjeven though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that bkthe Father is in me and I am in the Father.” 39 blAgain they sought to arrest him, but he escaped from their hands.
40He went away again across the Jordan to the place bmwhere John had been baptizing at first, and there he remained. 41And many came to him. And they said, “John did no sign, but bneverything that John said about this man was true.” 42And bomany believed in him there.
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