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. 2 But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. 5 a A stranger they will not follow, but they will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.” 6 This figure of speech Jesus b used with them, but they c did not understand what he was saying to them. 7 So Jesus again said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you d I am the door of the sheep. 8 All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. 9 I am the door. If anyone enters by me e he will be saved and will go in and out and f find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and g kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. 11 h I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd i lays down his life for the sheep. 12 He who is j a hired hand and not a shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and k leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and l scatters them. 13 He flees because m he is a hired hand and n cares nothing for the sheep. 14 o I am the good shepherd. p I know my own and q my own know me, 15 r just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and s I lay down my life for the sheep. 16 And t I have other sheep that are not of this fold. u I must bring them also, and v they will listen to my voice. So there will be w one flock x one shepherd. 17 y For this reason the Father loves me z because aa I lay down my life that I may take it up again. 18 ab No one takes it from me, but ac I lay it down ad of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and ae I have authority to take it up again. af This charge I have received from my Father.” 19 ag There was again a division among the Jews because of these words. 20 Many of them said ah “He has a demon, and ai is insane; why listen to him?” 21 Others said, “These are not the words of one who is oppressed by a demon. aj Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?”
I and the Father Are One22 At that time the Feast of Dedication took place at Jerusalem. It was winter, 23 and Jesus was walking in the temple ak in the colonnade of Solomon. 24 So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are al the Christ am tell us plainly.” 25 Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe. an The works that I do ao in my Father’s name bear witness about me, 26 but ap you do not believe because you are not among my sheep. 27 aq My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. 28 ar I give them eternal life, and as they will never perish, and at no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father au who has given them to me ▼
▼ Some manuscripts What my Father has given to meaw is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of ax the Father’s hand. 30 ay I and the Father are one.” 31 az The Jews picked up stones again to stone him. 32 Jesus answered them, “I have shown you many good works from the Father; for which of them are you going to stone me?” 33 The Jews answered him, “It is not for a good work that we are going to stone you but ba for blasphemy, because you, being a man, bb make yourself God.” 34 Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in bc your Law bd ‘I said, you are gods’? 35 If he called them gods to whom the word of God came—and Scripture cannot be be broken— 36 do you say of him whom bf the Father consecrated and bg sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because bh I said, ‘I am the Son of God’? 37 bi If I am not doing the works of my Father, then do not believe me; 38 but if I do them, bj even though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that bk the Father is in me and I am in the Father.” 39 bl Again they sought to arrest him, but he escaped from their hands. 40 He went away again across the Jordan to the place bm where John had been baptizing at first, and there he remained. 41 And many came to him. And they said, “John did no sign, but bn everything that John said about this man was true.” 42 And bo many believed in him there.
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