Jesus used this figure of speech,1 but they did not understand what he was telling them.2
Therefore Jesus said again, "I tell you the truth, I am3 the gate4 for the sheep.
All who ever came before me5 were thieves and robbers,6 but the sheep did not listen to them.
I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. He will come in and go out, and find pasture.
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