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John 10 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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I Am the Good Shepherd

Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 10:2 - But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 10:3 - To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 10:4 - When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 10:5 - A stranger they will not follow, but they will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 10:6 - This figure of speech Jesus used with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 10:7 - So Jesus again said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 10:8 - All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 10:9 - I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 10:10 - The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 10:11 - I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 10:12 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 10:13 - He flees because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 10:14 - I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me,
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 10:15 - just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 10:16 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 10:17 - For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it up again.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 10:18 - 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.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 10:19 - There was again a division among the Jews because of these words.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 10:20 - Many of them said, “He has a demon, and is insane; why listen to him?”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 10:21 - Others said, “These are not the words of one who is oppressed by a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?”

I and the Father Are One

Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 10:22 - At that time the Feast of Dedication took place at Jerusalem. It was winter,
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 10:23 - and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the colonnade of Solomon.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 10:24 - 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.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 10:25 - 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,
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 10:26 - but you do not believe because you are not among my sheep.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 10:27 - My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 10:28 - I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 10:29 - My Father, who has given them to me,[fn] is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 10:30 - I and the Father are one.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 10:31 - The Jews picked up stones again to stone him.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 10:32 - Jesus answered them, “I have shown you many good works from the Father; for which of them are you going to stone me?”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 10:33 - 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.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 10:34 - Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I said, you are gods’?
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 10:35 - If he called them gods to whom the word of God came—and Scripture cannot be broken—
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 10:36 - 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’?
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 10:37 - If I am not doing the works of my Father, then do not believe me;
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 10:38 - 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.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 10:39 - Again they sought to arrest him, but he escaped from their hands.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 10:40 - He went away again across the Jordan to the place where John had been baptizing at first, and there he remained.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 10:41 - And many came to him. And they said, “John did no sign, but everything that John said about this man was true.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 10:42 - And many believed in him there.
ESV Footnotes
Some manuscripts What my Father has given to me

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version copyright © 2001, 2007, 2011, 2016 by Crossway Books and Bibles, a Publishing Ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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