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John 10

New Int. Readers Version

1 “What I'm about to tell you is true. What if someone does not enter the sheep pen through the gate but climbs in another way? That person is a thief and a robber. 2 The one who enters through the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 The gatekeeper opens the gate for him. The sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 When he has brought all of his own sheep out, he goes on ahead of them. His sheep follow him because they know his voice. 5 But they will never follow a stranger. In fact, they will run away from him. They don't recognize a stranger's voice.” 6 Jesus used this story. But the Jews who were there didn't understand what he was telling them. 7 So Jesus said again, “What I'm about to tell you is true. I am like a gate for the sheep. 8 All those who ever came before me were thieves and robbers. But the sheep did not listen to them. 9 I'm like a gate. Anyone who enters through me will be saved. He will come in and go out. And he will find plenty of food. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I have come so they can have life. I want them to have it in the fullest possible way. 11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives his life for the sheep. 12 The hired man is not the shepherd who owns the sheep. So when the hired man sees the wolf coming, he leaves the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. 13 The man runs away because he is a hired man. He does not care about the sheep. 14 “I am the good shepherd. I know my sheep, and my sheep know me. 15 They know me just as the Father knows me and I know the Father. And I give my life for the sheep. 16 “I have other sheep that do not belong to this sheep pen. I must bring them in too. They also will listen to my voice. Then there will be one flock and one shepherd. 17 “The reason my Father loves me is that I give up my life. But I will take it back again. 18 No one takes it from me. I give it up myself. I have the authority to give it up. And I have the authority to take it back again. I received this command from my Father.” 19 After Jesus spoke these words, the Jews again could not agree with each other. 20 Many of them said, “He is controlled by a demon. He has gone crazy! Why should we listen to him?” 21 But others said, “A person controlled by a demon does not say things like this. Can a demon open the eyes of someone who is blind?” 22 Then came the Feast of Hanukkah at Jerusalem. It was winter. 23 Jesus was in the temple area walking in Solomon's Porch. 24 The Jews gathered around him. They said, “How long will you keep us waiting? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.” 25 Jesus answered, “I did tell you. But you do not believe. The kinds of things I do in my Father's name speak for me. 26 But you do not believe, because you are not my sheep. 27 “My sheep listen to my voice. I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they will never die. No one can steal them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than anyone. No one can steal them out of my Father's hand. 30 I and the Father are one.” 31 Again the Jews picked up stones to kill him. 32 But Jesus said to them, “I have shown you many miracles from the Father. Which one of these are you throwing stones at me for?” 33 “We are not throwing stones at you for any of these,” replied the Jews. “We are stoning you for saying a very evil thing. You are only a man. But you claim to be God.” 34 Jesus answered them, “Didn't God say in your Law, ‘I have said you are gods’? (Ps 82:6) 35 We know that Scripture is always true. God spoke to some people and called them ‘gods.’ 36 If that is true, what about the One the Father set apart as his very own and sent into the world? Why do you charge me with saying a very evil thing? Is it because I said, ‘I am God's Son’? 37 “Don't believe me unless I do what my Father does. 38 But what if I do it? Even if you don't believe me, believe the miracles. Then you will know and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.” 39 Again they tried to arrest him. But he escaped from them. 40 Then Jesus went back across the Jordan River. He went to the place where John had been baptizing in the early days. There he stayed. 41 Many people came to him. They said, “John never did a miraculous sign. But everything he said about this man was true.” 42 And in that place many believed in Jesus.

John 10

English Standard Version

1 “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a robber. 2 But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. 5 A stranger they will not follow, but they will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.” (Joh 10:12) 6 This figure of speech Jesus used with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them. (Mr 9:32; Joh 9:40) 7 So Jesus again said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. (Joh 10:9; Joh 14:6; Eph 2:18) 8 All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. 9 I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. (Ps 23:2; Eze 34:14; Joh 5:34) 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. (Jer 23:1; Eze 34:3) 11 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. (Isa 40:11; Eze 34:12; Eze 34:23; Eze 37:24; Zec 13:7; Mt 20:28; Mr 10:45; Joh 10:15; Joh 10:17; Joh 15:13; Joh 21:15; Heb 13:20; 1Pe 2:25; 1Pe 5:4; 1Jo 3:16; Re 7:17) 12 He who is a hired hand and not a shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. (Jer 23:1; Eze 34:2; Zec 11:17; Zec 13:7) 13 He flees because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. (Zec 11:16; 1Pe 5:2) 14 I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, (Na 1:7; Joh 10:4; Joh 10:11; Joh 10:27; 2Ti 2:19) 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep. (Mt 11:27; Joh 10:11) 16 And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd. (Isa 56:8; Eze 34:11; Eze 34:23; Eze 37:24; Mt 8:11; Joh 5:25; Joh 11:52; Joh 12:32; Joh 17:11; Joh 17:21; Joh 18:37; Ac 28:28; Eph 2:13; 1Pe 2:25) 17 For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it up again. (Isa 53:7; Isa 53:12; Joh 5:20; Joh 10:11; Php 2:9; Heb 2:9) 18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father.” (Mt 26:53; Joh 2:19; Joh 5:30; Joh 10:17; Joh 12:49; Joh 14:31; Joh 15:10; Php 2:7) 19 There was again a division among the Jews because of these words. (Joh 7:43; Joh 9:16) 20 Many of them said, “He has a demon, and is insane; why listen to him?” (Mr 3:21; Joh 7:20) 21 Others said, “These are not the words of one who is oppressed by a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?” (Ex 4:11; Ps 146:8; Joh 9:33) 22 At that time the Feast of Dedication took place at Jerusalem. It was winter, 23 and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the colonnade of Solomon. (Ac 3:11; Ac 5:12) 24 So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.” (Mt 26:63; Lu 22:67; Joh 1:41) 25 Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father’s name bear witness about me, (Joh 5:36; Joh 5:43; Joh 10:38) 26 but you do not believe because you are not among my sheep. (Joh 8:47) 27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. (Joh 10:14; Joh 10:16) 28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. (Joh 6:37; Joh 17:12; Joh 18:9; 1Jo 2:25; 1Jo 5:11) 29 My Father, who has given them to me,[1] is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. (De 32:39; Isa 49:2; Isa 51:16; Joh 6:37; Joh 14:28; Joh 17:2) 30 I and the Father are one.” (Joh 5:19; Joh 14:9; Joh 17:11; Joh 17:22) 31 The Jews picked up stones again to stone him. (Joh 8:59) 32 Jesus answered them, “I have shown you many good works from the Father; for which of them are you going to stone me?” 33 The Jews answered him, “It is not for a good work that we are going to stone you but for blasphemy, because you, being a man, make yourself God.” (Le 24:16; Mt 9:3; Joh 5:18) 34 Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I said, you are gods’? (Ps 82:6; Joh 12:34; Joh 15:25; 1Co 14:21) 35 If he called them gods to whom the word of God came—and Scripture cannot be broken— (Mt 5:17; Mt 5:19) 36 do you say of him whom the Father consecrated and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’? (Joh 3:17; Joh 5:17; Joh 6:27; Joh 10:30) 37 If I am not doing the works of my Father, then do not believe me; (Joh 15:24) 38 but if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.” (Joh 8:29; Joh 10:25; Joh 14:10; Joh 14:11; Joh 14:20; Joh 17:21; Joh 17:23) 39 Again they sought to arrest him, but he escaped from their hands. (Joh 7:30; Joh 7:44) 40 He went away again across the Jordan to the place where John had been baptizing at first, and there he remained. (Joh 1:28) 41 And many came to him. And they said, “John did no sign, but everything that John said about this man was true.” (Joh 1:7; Joh 1:29; Joh 3:27; Joh 5:33) 42 And many believed in him there. (Joh 7:31)