Jesus Is the Vine— Followers Are Branches1 a “I am the true vine, and My Father is the b vinedresser. 2 “Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He ▼
▼ Lit cleans; used to describe pruningprunes it so that it may bear more fruit. 3 d “You are already ▼
▼ I.e. pruned like a branchclean because of the word which I have spoken to you. 4 f “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit ▼
▼ Lit fromof itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. 5 “I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he h bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. 6 “If anyone does not abide in Me, he is i thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned. 7 “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, j ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 “My k Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so ▼
▼ Or become My disciples, m prove to be My disciples. 9 “Just as n the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love. 10 o “If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as p I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. 11 q “These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your r joy may be made full.
Disciples’ Relation to Each Other12 “This is s My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you. 13 t “Greater love has no one than this, that one u lay down his life for his friends. 14 “You are My v friends if w you do what I command you. 15 “No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for x all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you. 16 y “You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and z bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that aa whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you. 17 “This ab I command you, that you love one another.
Disciples’ Relation to the World18 ac “If the world hates you, ▼
▼ Or (imperative) know thatyou know that it has hated Me before it hated you. 19 “If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but ae I chose you out of the world, af because of this the world hates you. 20 “Remember the word that I said to you, ‘ ag A slave is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, ah they will also persecute you; if they ai kept My word, they will keep yours also. 21 “But all these things they will do to you aj for My name’s sake, ak because they do not know the One who sent Me. 22 al “If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have ▼
▼ I.e. guiltsin, but now they have no excuse for their sin. 23 “He who hates Me hates My Father also. 24 an “If I had not done among them ao the works which no one else did, they would not have ▼
▼ I.e. guiltsin; but now they have both seen and hated Me and My Father as well. 25 “But they have done this to fulfill the word that is written in their aq Law, ‘ ar They hated Me without a cause.’ 26 “When the ▼
▼ Gr Paracletos, one called alongside to help; or Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor, at Helper comes, au whom I will send to you from the Father, that is av the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, aw He will testify about Me, 27 ▼
▼ Or (imperative) and bear witnessand ay you will testify also, because you have been with Me az from the beginning.
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