Parable of the Good Shepherd

1 "Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter by the door into the fold of the sheep, but climbs up some other way, he is 1a thief and a robber.

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2 "But he who enters by the door is 2a shepherd of the sheep.

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3 "To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear 3his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and 4leads them out.

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4 "When he puts forth all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know 5his voice.

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5 "A stranger they simply will not follow, but will flee from him, because they do not know 6the voice of strangers."

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6 This 7figure of speech Jesus spoke to them, but they did not understand what those things were which He had been saying to them.

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7 So Jesus said to them again, "Truly, truly, I say to you, I am 8the door of the sheep.

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8 "All who came before Me are 9thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them.

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9 "10I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will go * in and out and find pasture.

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10 "The thief comes only * * to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they 11may have life, and have it abundantly.

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    • a 10:10 - Or "have abundance"
      12 "He who is a hired hand, and not a 14shepherd, who is not the owner of the sheep, sees the wolf coming, and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them.

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      13 "He flees because he is a hired hand and is not concerned about the sheep.
      14 "15I am the good shepherd, and 16I know My own and My own know Me,

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      15 even as 17the Father knows Me and I know the Father; and 18I lay down My life for the sheep.

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      16 "I have 19other sheep, which are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will hear My voice; and they will become 20one flock with 21one shepherd.

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      17 "For this reason the Father loves Me, because I 22lay down My life so that I may take it again.

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      18 "23No one has taken it away from Me, but I 24lay it down on My own initiative. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. 25This commandment I received from My Father."

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      19 26A division occurred again among the Jews because of these words.

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      20 Many of them were saying, "He 27has a demon and 28is insane. Why do you listen to Him?"

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      21 Others were saying, "These are not the sayings of one 29demon-possessed. 30A demon cannot * open the eyes of the blind, can he?"

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      Jesus Asserts His Deity

      22 At that time the Feast of the Dedication took place at Jerusalem;

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          23 it was winter, and Jesus was walking in the temple in the portico of 31Solomon.

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          24 32The Jews then gathered around Him, and were saying to Him, "How long * will You keep us in suspense *? If You are the Christ, tell us 33plainly."

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            • b 10:24 - Lit "do You lift up our soul"
            • c 10:24 - I.e. the Messiah
              25 Jesus answered them, "34I told you, and you do not believe; 35the works that I do in My Father's name, these testify of Me.

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              26 "But you do not believe because 36you are not of My sheep.

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              27 "My sheep 37hear My voice, and 38I know them, and they follow Me;

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              28 and I give 39eternal life to them, and they will never * perish; and 40no one will snatch them out of My hand.

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              29 "My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand.

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                • d 10:29 - One early ms reads "What My Father has given Me is greater than all"
                  30 "41I and the Father are one."

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                    • e 10:30 - Or "a unity;" or "one essence"
                      31 The Jews 42picked up stones again to stone Him.

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                      32 Jesus answered them, "I showed you many good works from the Father; for which of them are you stoning Me?"
                      33 The Jews answered Him, "For a good work we do not stone You, but for 43blasphemy; and because You, being a man, 44make Yourself out to be God."

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                      34 Jesus answered them, "Has it not been written in 45your 46Law, '47I SAID, YOU ARE GODS '?

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                      35 "If he called them gods, to whom the word of God came (and the Scripture cannot * be broken ),
                      36 o you say of Him, whom the Father 48sanctified and 49sent into the world, 'You are blaspheming,' because I said, '50I am the Son of God '?

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                      37 "51If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me;

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                      38 but if I do them, though you do not believe Me, believe 52the works, so that you may know and understand that 53the Father is in Me, and I in the Father."

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                        • f 10:38 - Lit "know and continue knowing"
                          39 Therefore 54they were seeking again to seize Him, and 55He eluded their grasp.

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                          40 And He went away 56again beyond the Jordan to the place where John was first baptizing, and He was staying there.

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                          41 Many came to Him and were saying, "While John performed no 57sign, yet 58everything John said about this man was true."

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                          42 59Many believed in Him there.

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