John 10:1-23 Revised Standard Version

The Parable of the Sheepfold

10 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." 6  This figure Jesus used with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them.

Jesus the Good Shepherd

7  So Jesus again said to them, "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 heed them. 9  I am the door; if any one enters by me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. 10  The thief comes only 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 hireling and not a shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, 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 hireling and cares nothing for the sheep. 14  I am the good shepherd; I know my own and my own know me, 15  as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16  And I have other sheep, that are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will heed my voice. So there shall be one flock, one shepherd. 17  For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life, that I may take it again. 18  No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again; this charge I have received from my Father."

19  There was again a division among the Jews because of these words. 20  Many of them said, "He has a demon, and he is mad; why listen to him?" 21  Others said, "These are not the sayings of one who has a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?"

Jesus Rejected by the Jews

22  It was the feast of the Dedication at Jerusalem; 23  it was winter, and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the portico of Solomon.

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