John 15:1-17 (New American Standard)

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Jesus Is the Vine--Followers Are Branches

1 "1I am the true vine, and My Father is the 2vinedresser. 2 "Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away ; and every branch that bears fruit, He aprunes it so that it may bear more fruit. 3 "3You are already bclean because of the word which I have spoken to you. 4 "4Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit cof 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 5bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing . 6 "If anyone does not abide in Me, he is 6thrown 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, 7ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 "My 8Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so d9prove to be My disciples. 9 "Just as 10the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love. 10 "11If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love ; just as 12I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in His love. 11 "13These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your 14joy may be made full.

Disciples' Relation to Each Other

12 "This is 15My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you. 13 "16Greater love has no one than this, that one 17lay down his life for his friends. 14 "You are My 18friends if 19you 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 20all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you. 16 "21You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and 22bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that 23whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you. 17 "This 24I command you, that you love one another.
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