Parable of the Good Shepherd1 “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter by the door into the fold of the sheep, but climbs up some other way, he is a a thief and a robber. 2 “But he who enters by the door is b a shepherd of the sheep. 3 “To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear c his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and d leads them out. 4 “When he puts forth all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know e his voice. 5 “A stranger they simply will not follow, but will flee from him, because they do not know f the voice of strangers.” 6 This g figure of speech Jesus spoke to them, but they did not understand what those things were which He had been saying to them. 7 So Jesus said to them again, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am h the door of the sheep. 8 “All who came before Me are i thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. 9 j “I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. 10 “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they k may have life, and ▼
▼ Or have abundancehave it abundantly. 11 m “I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd n lays down His life for the sheep. 12 “He who is a hired hand, and not a o shepherd, who is not the owner of the sheep, sees the wolf coming, and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. 13 “He flees because he is a hired hand and is not concerned about the sheep. 14 p “I am the good shepherd, and q I know My own and My own know Me, 15 even as r the Father knows Me and I know the Father; and s I lay down My life for the sheep. 16 “I have t other sheep, which are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will hear My voice; and they will become u one flock with v one shepherd. 17 “For this reason the Father loves Me, because I w lay down My life so that I may take it again. 18 x “No one has taken it away from Me, but I y lay it down on My own initiative. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. z This commandment I received from My Father.” 19 aa A division occurred again among the Jews because of these words. 20 Many of them were saying, “He ab has a demon and ac is insane. Why do you listen to Him?” 21 Others were saying, “These are not the sayings of one ad demon-possessed. ae A demon cannot open the eyes of the blind, can he?”
Jesus Asserts His Deity22 At that time the Feast of the Dedication took place at Jerusalem; 23 it was winter, and Jesus was walking in the temple in the portico of af Solomon. 24 ag The Jews then gathered around Him, and were saying to Him, “How long ▼
▼ Lit do You lift up our soulwill You keep us in suspense? If You are ▼
▼ I.e. the Messiahthe Christ, tell us aj plainly.” 25 Jesus answered them, ak “I told you, and you do not believe; al the works that I do in My Father’s name, these testify of Me. 26 “But you do not believe because am you are not of My sheep. 27 “My sheep an hear My voice, and ao I know them, and they follow Me; 28 and I give ap eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and aq no one will snatch them out of My hand. 29 ▼
▼ One early ms reads What My Father has given Me is greater than all“My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. 30 as “I and the Father are ▼
▼ Or a unity; or one essenceone.” 31 The Jews au picked up stones again to stone Him. 32 Jesus answered them, “I showed you many good works from the Father; for which of them are you stoning Me?” 33 The Jews answered Him, “For a good work we do not stone You, but for av blasphemy; and because You, being a man aw make Yourself out to be God.” 34 Jesus answered them, “Has it not been written in ax your ay Law, ‘ az I said, you are gods’? 35 “If he called them gods, to whom the word of God came (and the Scripture cannot be broken), 36 do you say of Him, whom the Father ba sanctified and bb sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘ bc I am the Son of God’? 37 bd “If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me; 38 but if I do them, though you do not believe Me, believe be the works, so that you may ▼
▼ Lit know and continue knowingknow and understand that bg the Father is in Me, and I in the Father.” 39 Therefore bh they were seeking again to seize Him, and bi He eluded their grasp. 40 And He went away bj again beyond the Jordan to the place where John was first baptizing, and He was staying there. 41 Many came to Him and were saying, “While John performed no bk sign, yet bl everything John said about this man was true.” 42 bm Many believed in Him there.
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