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 prunes it so that it may bear more fruit.

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    • a 15:2 - Lit "cleans;" used to describe pruning
      3 "3You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.

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        • b 15:3 - I.e. pruned like a branch
          4 "4Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot * bear fruit of itself unless * it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless * you abide in Me.

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          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 *.

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          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.

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          7 "If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, 7ask whatever * you wish, and it will be done for you.

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          8 "My 8Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so 9prove to be My disciples.

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            • d 15:8 - Or "become My disciples"
              9 "Just as 10the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love.

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              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.

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              11 "13These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your 14joy may be made full.

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              Disciples' Relation to Each Other

              12 "This is 15My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you.

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              13 "16Greater love has no one than this, that one 17lay down his life for his friends.

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              14 "You are My 18friends if 19you do what I command you.

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              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.

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              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.

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              17 "This 24I command you, that you love one another.

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              Disciples' Relation to the World

              18 "25If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you.

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                • e 15:18 - Or (imperative) "know that"
                  19 "If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but 26I chose you out of the world, 27because of this * the world hates you.

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                  20 "Remember the word that I said to you, '28A slave is not greater than his master.' If they persecuted Me, 29they will also persecute you; if they 30kept My word, they will keep yours also.

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                  21 "But all these things they will do to you 31for My name's sake, 32because they do not know the One who sent Me.
                  22 "33If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin.

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                  23 "He who hates Me hates My Father also.
                  24 "34If I had not done among them 35the works which no one else did, they would not have sin; but now they have both seen and hated Me and My Father as well.

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                  25 "But they have done this to fulfill the word that is written in their 36Law, '37THEY HATED ME WITHOUT A CAUSE.'

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                  26 "When the 38Helper comes, 39whom I will send to you from the Father, that is 40the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, 41He will testify about Me,

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                    • h 15:26 - Gr "Paracletos", one called alongside to help; or "Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor"
                      27 and 42you will testify also, because you have been with Me 43from the beginning.

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                        • i 15:27 - Or (imperative) "and bear witness"