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. Chapter 10.

The Parable of the Sheepfold (Jerusalem)

1 'IN TRUTH I tell you, in very truth, the man who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs in some other way, is nothing but a thief or a robber. 2 The man who enters by the door is the shepherd in charge of the sheep. 3 The door-keeper admits him, and the sheep hear his voice; he calls his own sheep by name, and leads them out. 4 When he has brought them all out, he goes ahead and the sheep follow, because they know his voice. 5 They will not follow a stranger; they will run away from him, because they do not recognize the voice of strangers.'

6 This was a parable that Jesus told them, but they did not understand what he meant by it.

Jesus the Good Shepherd

7 So Jesus spoke again; 'In truth, in very truth I tell you, I am the door of the sheepfold. 8 The sheep paid no heed to any who came before me, for these were all thieves and robbers. 9 I am the door; anyone who comes into the fold through me shall be safe. He shall go in and out and shall find pasturage.

10 'The thief comes only to steal, to kill, to destroy; I have come that men may have life, and may have it in all its fullness. 11 I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 The hireling, when he sees the wolf coming, abandons the sheep and runs away, because he is no shepherd and the sheep are not his. Then the wolf harries the flock and scatters the sheep. 13 The man runs away because he is a hireling and cares nothing for the sheep.

14 'I am the good shepherd; I know my own sheep and my sheep know me? 15 as the Father knows me and I know the Father?and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16 But there are other sheep of mine, not belonging to this fold, whom I must bring in; and they too will listen to my voice. There will then be one flock, one shepherd. 17 The Father loves me because I lay down my life, to receive it back again. 18 No one has robbed me of it; I am laying it down of my own free will. I have the right to lay it down, and I have the right to receive it back again; this charge I have received from my Father.'

19 These words once again caused a split among the Jews. 20 Many of them said, 'He is possessed, he is raving. Why listen to him?' 21 Others said, 'No one possessed by an evil spirit could speak like this. Could an evil spirit open blind men's eyes?'

Jesus Rejected by the Jews (Jerusalem)

22 IT WAS WINTER, and the festival of the Dedication was being held in Jerusalem. 23 Jesus was walking in the temple precincts, in Solomon's Portico. 24 The Jews gathered round him and asked: 'How long must you keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah say so plainly.' 25 'I have told you,' said Jesus, 'but you do not believe. My deeds done in my Father's name are my credentials, 26 but because you are not sheep of my flock you do not believe. 27 My own sheep listen to my voice; I know them and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life and they shall never perish; no one shall snatch them from my care. 29 My Father who has given them to me is greater than all, and no one can snatch them [Some witnesses read: My Father is greater than all, and that which he has given me no one can snatch ... ; others read: That which my Father has given me is greater than all, and no one can snatch it ...] out of the Father's care. 30 My Father and I are one.'

31 Once again the Jews picked up stones to stone him. 32 At this Jesus said to them, 'I have set before you many good deeds, done by my Father's power, for which of these would you stone me?' 33 The Jews replied, 'We are not going to stone you for any good deed, but for your blasphemy. You, a mere man, claim to be a god.' [Or: claim to be God.] 34 [ Ps.82.6. ] Jesus answered, 'Is it not written in your own Law, "I said: You are gods"? 35 Those are called gods to whom the word of God was delivered—and Scripture cannot be set aside. 36 Then why do you charge me with blasphemy because I, consecrated and sent into the world by the Father, said, "I am God's son"?

37 'If I am not acting as my Father would, do not believe me. 38 But if I am, accept the evidence of my deeds, even if you do not believe me, so that you may recognize and know that the Father is in me, and I in the Father.'

39 This provoked them to one more attempt to seize him. But he escaped from their clutches.

Victory over death

40 JESUS WITHDREW AGAIN across the Jordan, to the place where John had been baptizing earlier. 41 There he stayed, while crowds came to him. They said, 'John gave us no miraculous sign, but all that he said about this man was true.' 42 Many came to believe in him there.

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