1"Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a robber.2But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.3To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.4When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.51A stranger they will not follow, but they will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers."6
This figure of speech Jesus 2used with them, but they 3did not understand what he was saying to them.
So Jesus again said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, 4I am the door of the sheep.8All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them.9I am the door. If anyone enters by me, 5he will be saved and will go in and out and 6find pasture.10The thief comes only to steal and 7kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.118I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd 9lays down his life for the sheep.12He who is 10a hired hand and not a shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and 11leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and 12scatters them.13He flees because 13he is a hired hand and 14cares nothing for the sheep.1415I am the good shepherd. 16I know my own and 17my own know me,1518just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and 19I lay down my life for the sheep.16And 20I have other sheep that are not of this fold. 21I must bring them also, and 22they will listen to my voice. So there will be 23one flock, 24one shepherd.1725For this reason the Father loves me, 26because 27I lay down my life that I may take it up again.1828No one takes it from me, but 29I lay it down 30of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and 31I have authority to take it up again. 32This charge I have received from my Father."1933There was again a division among the Jews because of these words.
Many of them said, 34"He has a demon, and 35is insane; why listen to him?"
Others said, "These are not the words of one who is oppressed by a demon. 36Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?"