Gospel of John, chapter 10
Jesus the True Shepherd - Jesus the Good Shepherd - The Shepherd Knows His Sheep - Renewed Efforts to Stone Jesus - The Believers Beyond Jordan
The Gospel of John, chapter 10 Most assuredly I say to you, he who does not enter by the door, the sheepfold of the ship, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber; but he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice, and his own sheep he calls by name and leads them out. And when his own sheep he brings out, before them he goes, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice; a stranger however they will not follow, but will flee from him, for they do not know of strangers the voice. This illustration Jesus said to them; but they did not understand what the things were that he spoke to them. Then Jesus said to them again; Most assuredly I say to you that I am the door of the sheep. All who came before me, are thieves and robbers; but they did not hear them the sheep. I am the door; by me if anyone enters, he will be saved, and will go in and will go out, and find pasture. The thief does not come except in order to steal and to kill and to destroy; I have come that they may have life and have it more abundantly. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives his life for the sheep; a hireling nevertheless and who is not the shepherd, one whose they are not the sheep of his own, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf catches them and scatters the ship. Now the hireling flees, because he is a hireling and he does not care about the sheep. I am the good shepherd, and I know what is mine and I am known by my own, as the father knows me so I know the father, and my life I lay down for the sheep. And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and my voice they will hear, and there will be one flock, one shepherd. For this my father loves me, because I lay down my life, that I may take it again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of myself; I have power to lay it down, and I have power again to take it; this command I have received from my father. A division therefore again there was among the Jews because of these sayings. And they said many of them; he has a demon and is mad; why do you listen to him? Others said; these words are not of one who has a demon; can a demon the eyes of the blind open? Now it was the Feast of Dedication in Jerusalem, and it was winter; and Jesus walked in the temple in the porch of Solomon. Then they surrounded him the Jews and said to him; till when our soul will you keep in doubt? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly. Jesus answered them; I told you, and you do not believe; the works that I do in the name of my father, these bear witness of me; but you do not believe; because you are not of the sheep of mine, as I said to you. The sheep of mine my voice hear, and I know them, and they follow me, and I eternal life I give them, and they shall not perish ever, neither shall anyone snatch them out of my hand. My father, who has given to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch out of the hand of my father. I and the father are one. So they took up stones again the Jews in order to stone him. Answered them Jesus; many good works I have shown you from my father; for which of those works do you stone me? They answered him the Jews saying; for a good work we do not stone you, but for blasphemy, and because you being a Man make yourself God. Jesus answered them; is it not written in your law, I said, you are gods? If he called them gods, to whom the word of God came, and is not possible for the scripture to be broken, whom the father sanctified and sent into the world, do you say of him that you are blaspheming, because I said, the son of God I am? If I do not do the works of my father, do not believe me; but if I do, though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and believe that the father is in me and I in him. Therefore they sought again to seize him; and he escaped out of their hand. And he went away again beyond the Jordan, to the place where John was baptizing since the beginning, and he stayed there. Then many came to him and said that although John performed no sign, all the things however that John spoke about him, were true. And believed many there in him.