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Chapter 10

1“I tell you, any man who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs over at some other place, is a thief and robber. 2But the man who enters by the door is the shepherd of the flock. 3The watchman opens the door to him, and the sheep obey his voice, and he calls to his own sheep and leads them out. 4When he gets his own flock all out, he goes in front of them, and the sheep follow him, because they know his voice. 5But they will never follow a stranger but will run away from him, because they do not know the voices of strangers.”

6This was the figure Jesus used in speaking to them, but they did not understand what he meant by it.

7So Jesus said again,

“I tell you, I am the door of the sheepfold. 8All who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep would not obey them. 9I am the door. Whoever enters through me will be saved, and will pass in and out and find pasture. 10A thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come to let them have life, and to let them have it in abundance. 11I am the good shepherd. A good shepherd will give his life for his sheep. 12A hired man who is not a shepherd and does not own the sheep, when he sees a wolf coming, will leave the sheep and run away, and the wolf will carry them off and scatter the flock. 13For he is only a hired man, and does not care about the sheep. 14I am the good shepherd. I know my sheep and my sheep know me, 15just as the Father knows me and I know the Father, and I am giving my life for my sheep. 16I have other sheep too that do not belong to this fold. I must lead them too, and they will obey my voice, and they will all become one flock, with one shepherd. 17This is why the Father loves me, because I am giving my life, but giving it to take it back again. 18No one has taken it from me, but I am giving it of my own accord. I have power to give it, and I have power to take it back again. These are the orders I have received from my Father.”

19These words caused a fresh division of opinion among the Jews. 20Many of them said,

“He is possessed and mad! Why do you listen to him?”

21Others said,

“These are not the words of a man who is possessed. Can a madman make blind men see?”

22That was the time of the Rededication Festival at Jerusalem. It was winter time 23and Jesus was walking up and down inside the Temple, in Solomon’s Colonnade. 24So the Jews gathered around him and said to him,

“How much longer are you going to keep us in suspense? If you are really the Christ, tell us so frankly!”

25Jesus answered,

“I have told you so, and you will not believe it. The things I have been doing by my Father’s authority are my credentials, 26but you do not believe it because you do not belong to my sheep. 27My sheep listen to my voice, and I know them and they follow me, 28and I give them eternal life, and they shall never be lost, and no one shall tear them out of my hands. 29What my Father has intrusted to me is of more importance than everything else, and no one can tear anything out of the Father’s hands. 30The Father and I are one.”

31The Jews again picked up stones to stone him with. 32Jesus answered,

“I have let you see many good things from the Father; which of them do you mean to stone me for?”

33The Jews answered,

“We are not stoning you for doing anything good, but for your impious talk, and because you, a mere man, make yourself out to be God.”

34Jesus answered,

“Is it not declared in your Law, ‘I said, “You are gods*#“)? 35If those to whom God’s message was addressed were called gods—and the Scripture cannot be set aside— 36do you mean to say to me whom the Father has consecrated and made his messenger to the world, ‘You are blasphemous,’ because I said, ‘I am God’s Son’? 37If I am not doing the things my Father does, do not believe me. 38But if I am doing them, then even if you will not believe me, believe the things I do, in order that you may realize and learn that the Father is in union with me, and I am in union with the Father.”

39In consequence of this they again tried to arrest him, and he withdrew out of their reach.

40He went across the Jordan again to the place where John used to baptize at first, and there he stayed. 41And people came to him in great numbers, and they said of him,

“John did not show any sign in proof of his mission, but all that he said about this man was true.”

42And many became believers in him in that place.

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