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John 10:8-18 (New International Version)

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8 All who ever came before me1 were thieves and robbers,2 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,3 and have it to the full.4 11 "I am5 the good shepherd.6 The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.7 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.8 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;9 I know my sheep10 and my sheep know me-- 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father11--and I lay down my life for the sheep.12 16 I have other sheep13 that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock14 and one shepherd.15 17 The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life16--only to take it up again. 18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord.17 I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father."18
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