John 10

Parable of the Good Shepherd

1Truly, 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. 2But he who enters by the door is b  a shepherd of the sheep. 3To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear c  his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and d  leads them out. 4When he puts forth all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know e  his voice. 5A stranger they simply will not follow, but will flee from him, because they do not know f  the voice of strangers.” 6This g  figure of speech Jesus spoke to them, but they did not understand what those things were which He had been saying to them.

7So Jesus said to them again, Truly, truly, I say to you, I am h  the door of the sheep. 8All 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. 10The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they k  may have life, and
Or have abundance
have it abundantly.

11 m  I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd n  lays down His life for the sheep. 12He 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. 13He 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, 15even as r  the Father knows Me and I know the Father; and s  I lay down My life for the sheep. 16I 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. 17For 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. 20Many of them were saying, “He ab  has a demon and ac  is insane. Why do you listen to Him?” 21Others 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 Deity

22At that time the Feast of the Dedication took place at Jerusalem; 23it 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 soul
will You keep us in suspense? If You are
I.e. the Messiah
the Christ, tell us aj  plainly.”
25Jesus 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. 26But you do not believe because am  you are not of My sheep. 27My sheep an  hear My voice, and ao  I know them, and they follow Me; 28and 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 essence

31The Jews au  picked up stones again to stone Him. 32Jesus answered them, I showed you many good works from the Father; for which of them are you stoning Me?” 33The 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.” 34Jesus answered them, Has it not been written in ax  your ay  Law, ‘ az  I said, you are gods’? 35If he called them gods, to whom the word of God came (and the Scripture cannot be broken), 36do 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; 38but if I do them, though you do not believe Me, believe be  the works, so that you may
Lit know and continue knowing
know and understand that bg  the Father is in Me, and I in the Father.”
39Therefore bh  they were seeking again to seize Him, and bi  He eluded their grasp.

40And He went away bj  again beyond the Jordan to the place where John was first baptizing, and He was staying there. 41Many 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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