1"Most assuredly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.2But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.3To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.4And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.5Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers."6Jesus used this illustration, but they did not understand the things which He spoke to them.7Then Jesus said to them again, "Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep.8All who ever came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them.9I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.10The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.11I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.12But a hireling, he who is not the shepherd, one who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf catches the sheep and scatters them.13The hireling flees because he is a hireling and does not care about the sheep.14I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own.15As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep.16And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd.17Therefore My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again.18No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This command I have received from My Father."19Therefore there was a division again among the Jews because of these sayings.20And many of them said, "He has a demon and is mad. Why do you listen to Him?"21Others said, "These are not the words of one who has a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?"
1It came to pass at the end of twenty years, in which Solomon had built the house of the Lord and his own house,2that the cities which Hiram had given to Solomon, Solomon built them; and he settled the children of Israel there.3And Solomon went to Hamath Zobah and seized it.4He also built Tadmor in the wilderness, and all the storage cities which he built in Hamath.5He built Upper Beth Horon and Lower Beth Horon, fortified cities with walls, gates, and bars,6also Baalath and all the storage cities that Solomon had, and all the chariot cities and the cities of the cavalry, and all that Solomon desired to build in Jerusalem, in Lebanon, and in all the land of his dominion.7All the people who were left of the Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites, who were not of Israel--8that is, their descendants who were left in the land after them, whom the children of Israel did not destroy--from these Solomon raised forced labor, as it is to this day.9But Solomon did not make the children of Israel servants for his work. Some were men of war, captains of his officers, captains of his chariots, and his cavalry.10And others were chiefs of the officials of King Solomon: two hundred and fifty, who ruled over the people.11Now Solomon brought the daughter of Pharaoh up from the City of David to the house he had built for her, for he said, "My wife shall not dwell in the house of David king of Israel, because the places to which the ark of the Lord has come are holy."12Then Solomon offered burnt offerings to the Lord on the altar of the Lord which he had built before the vestibule,13according to the daily rate, offering according to the commandment of Moses, for the Sabbaths, the New Moons, and the three appointed yearly feasts--the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the Feast of Weeks, and the Feast of Tabernacles.14And, according to the order of David his father, he appointed the divisions of the priests for their service, the Levites for their duties (to praise and serve before the priests) as the duty of each day required, and the gatekeepers by their divisions at each gate; for so David the man of God had commanded.15They did not depart from the command of the king to the priests and Levites concerning any matter or concerning the treasuries.16Now all the work of Solomon was well-ordered from the day of the foundation of the house of the Lord until it was finished. So the house of the Lord was completed.17Then Solomon went to Ezion Geber and Elath on the seacoast, in the land of Edom.18And Hiram sent him ships by the hand of his servants, and servants who knew the sea. They went with the servants of Solomon to Ophir, and acquired four hundred and fifty talents of gold from there, and brought it to King Solomon.
1A Psalm of Asaph. Truly God is good to Israel, To such as are pure in heart.2But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled; My steps had nearly slipped.3For I was envious of the boastful, When I saw the prosperity of the wicked.4For there are no pangs in their death, But their strength is firm.5They are not in trouble as other men, Nor are they plagued like other men.6Therefore pride serves as their necklace; Violence covers them like a garment.7Their eyes bulge with abundance; They have more than heart could wish.8They scoff and speak wickedly concerning oppression; They speak loftily.9They set their mouth against the heavens, And their tongue walks through the earth.10Therefore his people return here, And waters of a full cup are drained by them.11And they say, "How does God know? And is there knowledge in the Most High?"12Behold, these are the ungodly, Who are always at ease; They increase in riches.13Surely I have cleansed my heart in vain, And washed my hands in innocence.14For all day long I have been plagued, And chastened every morning.15If I had said, "I will speak thus," Behold, I would have been untrue to the generation of Your children.16When I thought how to understand this, It was too painful for me--17Until I went into the sanctuary of God; Then I understood their end.18Surely You set them in slippery places; You cast them down to destruction.19Oh, how they are brought to desolation, as in a moment! They are utterly consumed with terrors.20As a dream when one awakes, So, Lord, when You awake, You shall despise their image.21Thus my heart was grieved, And I was vexed in my mind.22I was so foolish and ignorant; I was like a beast before You.23Nevertheless I am continually with You; You hold me by my right hand.24You will guide me with Your counsel, And afterward receive me to glory.25Whom have I in heaven but You? And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You.26My flesh and my heart fail; But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.27For indeed, those who are far from You shall perish; You have destroyed all those who desert You for harlotry.28But it is good for me to draw near to God; I have put my trust in the Lord God, That I may declare all Your works.