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John 15:1-17 (Today's New International Version)

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The Vine and the Branches

1 "I am1 the true vine,2 and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit,3 while every branch that does bear fruit4 he prunesa so that it will be even more fruitful. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you.5 4 Remain in me, as I also remain in you.6 No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. 5 "I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit;7 apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.8 7 If you remain in me9 and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.10 8 This is to my Father's glory,11 that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.12 9 "As the Father has loved me,13 so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commands,14 you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.15 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.16 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends.17 14 You are my friends18 if you do what I command.19 15 I no longer call you servants, because servants do not know their master's business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.20 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you21 so that you might go and bear fruit22--fruit that will last--and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.23 17 This is my command: Love each other.24
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