John 10:1-23 New American Standard Bible

The Parable of the Sheepfold

10 1  "Truly , truly , I say to you, he who does not enter by the door into the fold of the sheep , but climbs up some other way , he is a thief and a robber . 2  "But he who enters by the door is a shepherd of the sheep . 3  "To him the doorkeeper opens , and the sheep hear his voice , and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4  "When he puts forth all his own , he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice . 5  "A stranger they simply will not follow , but will flee from him, because they do not know the voice of strangers ." 6  This figure of speech Jesus spoke to them, but they did not understand what those things were which He had been saying to them.

Jesus the Good Shepherd

7  So Jesus said to them again , "Truly , truly , I say to you, I am the door of the sheep . 8  "All who came before Me are thieves and robbers , but the sheep did not hear them. 9  " I am the door ; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved , and will go e in and out and find pasture . 10  "The thief comes only e e to steal and kill and destroy ; I came that they may have life , and have it abundantly . 11  " I am the good shepherd ; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep . 12  "He who is a hired hand , and not a shepherd , who is not the owner of the sheep , sees the wolf coming , and leaves the sheep and flees , and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. 13  "He flees because he is a hired hand and is not concerned about the sheep . 14  " I am the good shepherd , and I know My own and My own know Me, 15  even as the Father knows Me and I know the Father ; and I lay down My life for the sheep . 16  "I have other sheep , which are not of this fold ; I must bring them also , and they will hear My voice ; and they will become one flock with one shepherd . 17  "For this reason the Father loves Me, because I lay down My life so that I may take it again . 18  " No one has taken it away from Me, but I lay it down on My own initiative . I have authority to lay it down , and I have authority to take it up again . This commandment I received from My Father ."

19  A division occurred again among the Jews because of these words . 20  Many of them were saying , "He has a demon and is insane . Why do you listen to Him?" 21  Others were saying , "These are not the sayings of one demon-possessed . A demon cannot e open the eyes of the blind , can he?"

Jesus Rejected by the Jews

22  At that time the Feast of the Dedication took place at Jerusalem ; 23  it was winter , and Jesus was walking in the temple in the portico of Solomon .

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