- ¶ TRULY, truly, I say to you, He who does not enter by the door into the sheepfold, but climbs up from another place, is a thief and a bandit.
- But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.
- To him the doorkeeper opens the door, and the sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by their names and brings them out.
- And when he has brought out his sheep, he goes before them;
and his own sheep follow him, because they know his voice.
- The sheep do not follow a stranger, but they run away from him, because they do not know the voice of a stranger.
- Jesus spoke this parable to them;
but they did not understand what he was telling them.
- Jesus said to them again, Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep.
- All who have come are thieves and bandits, if the sheep did not hear them.
- I am the door;
if any man enter by me, he shall live and he shall come in and go out and find pasture.
- A thief does not come, except to steal and kill and destroy;
I have come that they might have life, and have it abundantly.
- I am the good shepherd;
a good shepherd risks his life for the sake of his sheep.
- But the hired person who is not the shepherd and who is not the owner of the sheep, when he sees the wolf coming, leaves the sheep and runs away;
and the wolf comes and seizes and scatters the sheep.
- The hired person runs away because he is hired and does not care for the sheep.
- I am the good shepherd, and I know my own, and my own know me.
- Just as my Father knows me, I also know my Father;
and I lay down my life for the sake of the sheep.
- I have other sheep also, which are not of this fold;
them too I must bring, and they will hear my voice;
and all the sheep will become one flock and one shepherd.
- This is why my Father loves me, because I lay down my life so that I may take it up again.
- No man takes it away from me, but I lay it down of my own will.
Therefore I have the power to lay it down, and I have the power to take it up again.
This command I received from my Father.
- ¶ There was again a division among the Jews because of these sayings.
- And many of them said, He is insane and rambles;
why do you listen to him?
- Others said, These are not the words of a crazy man.
Can a crazy man open the eyes of the blind?
- ¶ Then came the feast of dedication at Jerusalem, and it was winter.
- And Jesus was walking in the temple in Solomon’s porch.
- Then the Jews surrounded him and said to him, How long do you vex our soul with uncertainty?
If you are the Christ, tell us openly.
- Jesus answered, saying to them, I have told you, but you do not believe;
yet the works which I do in the name of my Father testify of me.
- But you do not believe, because you are not of my sheep, just as I told you.
- My own sheep hear my voice, and I know them and they follow me;
- And I give to them eternal life;
and they will never perish, and no man will snatch them from my hands.
- For my Father who gave them to me is greater than all;
and no man can snatch anything from my Father’s hand.
- I and my Father are of one accord.
- Then the Jews again took up stones to stone him.
- Jesus said to them, I have shown you many good works from my Father;
for which one of them do you stone me?
- The Jews said to him, It is not because of the good works we stone you, but because you blaspheme;
for while you are only a man, you make yourself God.
- Jesus said to them, Is it not so written in your law, I said, you are gods?
- If he called them gods because the word of God was with them (and the scripture cannot be broken)
- Why to the one whom the Father sanctified and sent to the world, do you say, You blaspheme, just because I said to you, I am the Son of God.
- If I am not doing the works of my Father, do not believe me.
- But if I am doing them, even though you do not believe in me, believe in the works, so that you may know and believe that my Father is with me and I am with my Father.
- ¶ And they wanted again to seize him;
but he escaped from their hands.
- And he went away to the Jordan crossing, to the place where John was, where he first baptized;
and he remained there.
- And many men came to him and said, John did not perform a single miracle;
but everything which John said concerning this man is true.
- And many believed in him.