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John 10 :: New International Version (NIV)

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The Good Shepherd and His Sheep

Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 10:1 - “Very truly I tell you Pharisees, anyone who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 10:2 - The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 10:3 - The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. 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 on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 10:5 - But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 10:6 - Jesus used this figure of speech, but the Pharisees did not understand what he was telling them.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 10:7 - Therefore Jesus said again, “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 10:8 - All who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 10:9 - I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved.[fn] They will come in and go out, and find pasture.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 10:10 - The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
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 - The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 10:13 - The man runs away 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 sheep and my sheep 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 - I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 10:17 - The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to 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 authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 10:19 - The Jews who heard these words were again divided.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 10:20 - Many of them said, “He is demon-possessed and raving mad. Why listen to him?”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 10:21 - But others said, “These are not the sayings of a man possessed by a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?”

Further Conflict Over Jesus’ Claims

Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 10:22 - Then came the Festival of Dedication[fn] at Jerusalem. It was winter,
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 10:23 - and Jesus was in the temple courts walking in Solomon’s Colonnade.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 10:24 - The Jews who were there gathered around him, saying, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 10:25 - Jesus answered, “I did tell you, but you do not believe. The works I do in my Father’s name testify about me,
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 10:26 - but you do not believe because you are not my sheep.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 10:27 - My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 10:28 - I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 10:29 - My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all[fn]; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 10:30 - I and the Father are one.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 10:31 - Again his Jewish opponents picked up stones to stone him,
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 10:32 - but Jesus said to them, “I have shown you many good works from the Father. For which of these do you stone me?”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 10:33 - “We are not stoning you for any good work,” they replied, “but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 10:34 - Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I have said you are “gods” ’[fn]?
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 10:35 - If he called them ‘gods,’ to whom the word of God came—and Scripture cannot be set aside—
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 10:36 - what about the one whom the Father set apart as his very own and sent into the world? Why then do you accuse me of blasphemy because I said, ‘I am God’s Son’?
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 10:37 - Do not believe me unless I do the works of my Father.
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 in the Father.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 10:39 - Again they tried to seize him, but he escaped their grasp.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 10:40 - Then Jesus went back across the Jordan to the place where John had been baptizing in the early days. There he stayed,
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 10:41 - and many people came to him. They said, “Though John never performed a sign, all that John said about this man was true.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 10:42 - And in that place many believed in Jesus.
NIV Footnotes
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That is, Hanukkah
Many early manuscripts What my Father has given me is greater than all
Psalm 82:6

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