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John 10

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Christ is the door, and the good shepherd.

10:1 “Most certainly, I tell you, one who doesn’t enter by the door into the sheep fold, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.

10:2 But one who enters in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.

10:3 The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name, and leads them out.

10:4 Whenever he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.

10:5 They will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him; for they don’t know the voice of strangers.”

10:6 Jesus spoke this parable to them, but they didn’t understand what he was telling them.

10:7 Jesus therefore said to them again,

“Most certainly, I tell you, I am the sheep’s door.

10:8 All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep didn’t listen to them.

10:9 I am the door. If anyone enters in by me, he will be saved, and will go in and go out, and will find pasture.

10:10 The thief only comes to steal, kill, and destroy. I came that they may have life, and may have it abundantly.

10:11 I am the good shepherd.* The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.

10:12 He who is a hired hand, and not a shepherd, who doesn’t own the sheep, sees the wolf coming, leaves the sheep, and flees. The wolf snatches the sheep, and scatters them.

10:13 The hired hand flees because he is a hired hand, and doesn’t care for the sheep.

10:14 I am the good shepherd. I know my own, and I’m known by my own;

10:15 even as the Father knows me, and I know the Father. I lay down my life for the sheep.

10:16 I have other sheep, which are not of this fold.* I must bring them also, and they will hear my voice. They will become one flock with one shepherd.

10:17 Therefore the Father loves me, because I lay down my life,* that I may take it again.

10:18 No one takes it away from me, but I lay it down by myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. I received this commandment from my Father.”

Divers opinions of him.

10:19 Therefore a division arose again among the Jews because of these words.

10:20 Many of them said,

“He has a demon, and is insane! Why do you listen to him?”

10:21 Others said,

“These are not the sayings of one possessed by a demon. It isn’t possible for a demon to open the eyes of the blind, is it?”*

10:22 It was the Feast of the Dedication at Jerusalem.

He proves by his works that he is Christ the Son of God;

10:23 It was winter, and Jesus was walking in the temple, in Solomon’s porch.

10:24 The Jews therefore came around him and said to him,

“How long will you hold us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.”

10:25 Jesus answered them,

“I told you, and you don’t believe. The works that I do in my Father’s name, these testify about me.

10:26 But you don’t believe, because you are not of my sheep, as I told you.

10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.

10:28 I give eternal life to them. They will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.

10:29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all. No one is able to snatch them out of my Father’s hand.

10:30 I and the Father are one.”

escapes the Jews;

10:31 Therefore Jews took up stones again to stone him.

10:32 Jesus answered them,

“I have shown you many good works from my Father. For which of those works do you stone me?”

10:33 The Jews answered him,

“We don’t stone you for a good work, but for blasphemy: because you, being a man, make yourself God.”

10:34 Jesus answered them,

“Isn’t it written in your law,
‘I said, you are gods?’*

10:35 If he called them gods, to whom the word of God came (and the Scripture can’t be broken),

10:36 do you say of him whom the Father sanctified and sent into the world,

‘You blaspheme,’
because I said,
‘I am the Son of God?’

10:37 If I don’t do the works of my Father, don’t believe me.

10:38 But if I do them, though you don’t believe me, believe the works; that you may know and believe that the Father is in me, and I in the Father.”

and goes again beyond Jordan, where many believe on him.

10:39 They sought again to seize him, and he went out of their hand. *

10:40 He went away again beyond the Jordan into the place where John was baptizing at first, and there he stayed.

10:41 Many came to him. They said,

“John indeed did no sign, but everything that John said about this man is true.”

10:42 Many believed in him there.

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