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John 10:7-17 (New International Version)

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7 Therefore Jesus said again, "I tell you the truth, I am1 the gate2 for the sheep. 8 All who ever came before me3 were thieves and robbers,4 but the sheep did not listen to them. 9 I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved.a He will come in and go out, and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life,5 and have it to the full.6 11 "I am7 the good shepherd.8 The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.9 12 The hired hand is not the shepherd who owns the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away.10 Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. 13 The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. 14 "I am the good shepherd;11 I know my sheep12 and my sheep know me-- 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father13--and I lay down my life for the sheep.14 16 I have other sheep15 that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock16 and one shepherd.17 17 The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life18--only to take it up again.
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