1 “Very truly,I I tellII you, anyone who does not enterIII the sheepfoldIV by the gateV
but climbs inVI by another wayVII isVIII a thiefIX and a bandit.X
2 The one who enters by the gate is the shepherdXI of the sheep.XII 3 The gatekeeperXIII opensXIV the gate for him,
and the sheep hearXV his voice.XVI He callsXVII
his ownXVIII sheep by nameXIX and leads them out.XX
4 When he has brought outXXI allXXII his own, he goesXXIII ahead of them, and the sheep followXXIV him because they knowXXV his voice.
5 They will not follow a stranger,XXVI but they will runXXVII from him because they do not know the voice of strangers.” 6 JesusXXVIII used this figure of speechXXIX with them, but they did not understandXXX what he was saying to them.
7 So again Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. 8 All who cameXXXI before me are thieves and bandits, but the sheep did not listenXXXII to them. 9 I am the gate. Whoever enters by me will be savedXXXIII and will come inXXXIV and go outXXXV
and findXXXVI pasture.XXXVII 10 The thief comes only to stealXXXVIII and killXXXIX and destroy.XL
I came that they may haveXLI lifeXLII and have it abundantly.XLIII
11 “I am the goodXLIV shepherd. The good shepherd lays downXLV his lifeXLVI for the sheep.
12 The hired hand,XLVII who is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep, seesXLVIII the wolfXLIX coming
and leavesL the sheep and runs away, and the wolf snatchesLI them and scattersLII them. 13 The hired hand runs away because a hired hand does not careLIII for the sheep. 14 I am the good shepherd. I knowLIV my own, and my own knowLV me,
15 just as the FatherLVI knowsLVII me, and I knowLVIII the Father. And I lay down my lifeLIX for the sheep. 16 I have otherLX sheep that do not belongLXI to this fold.LXII
I mustLXIII bringLXIV them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will beLXV oneLXVI flock,LXVII one shepherd.
17 For this reason the Father lovesLXVIII me, because I lay down my lifeLXIX in order to take it upLXX again.
18 No one takesLXXI it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have powerLXXII to lay it down, and I have power to take it up again. I have receivedLXXIII this commandLXXIV from my Father.”
19 Again the JewsLXXV were dividedLXXVI because of these words.LXXVII
20 ManyLXXVIII of them were saying, “He has a demonLXXIX and is out of his mind.LXXX Why listen to him?”
21 Others were saying, “These are not the wordsLXXXI of one who has a demon.LXXXII CanLXXXIII a demon open the eyesLXXXIV of the blind?”LXXXV
22 At that time the Festival of the DedicationLXXXVI took placeLXXXVII in Jerusalem.LXXXVIII It was winter,LXXXIX
23 and Jesus was walkingXC in the temple,XCI in the porticoXCII of Solomon.XCIII
24 So the Jews gathered aroundXCIV him and said to him, “How long will you keep usXCV in suspense?XCVI If you are the Messiah,XCVII tell us plainly.”XCVIII
25 Jesus answered, “I have told you, and you do not believe.XCIX The worksC that I doCI in my Father’s name testifyCII to me, 26 but you do not believe because you do not belong to my sheep.
27 My sheep hear my voice. I knowCIII them, and they follow me. 28 I giveCIV them eternalCV life,CVI
and they will never perish.CVII, CVIII No one will snatch them out of my hand.CIX 29 My Father, in regard to what he has given me, is greaterCX than all, and no one can snatch them out of the Father’s hand. 30 The Father and I are one.”
31 The Jews took upCXI stonesCXII again to stoneCXIII him. 32 Jesus replied, “I have shownCXIV you many good works from the Father. For which of theseCXV are you going to stone me?”
33 The Jews answered, “It is not for a good work that we are going to stone you but for blasphemy,CXVI because you, though only a human,CXVII are makingCXVIII yourself God.”CXIX
34 Jesus answered, “Is it not writtenCXX in your law,CXXI ‘I said, you are gods’? 35 If those to whom the wordCXXII of God cameCXXIII were called ‘gods’CXXIV—and the scriptureCXXV cannot be annulledCXXVI—
36 can you sayCXXVII that the one whom the Father has sanctifiedCXXVIII and sentCXXIX
into the worldCXXX is blasphemingCXXXI because I said, ‘I am God’s Son’?CXXXII 37 If I am not doing the works of my Father, then do not believe me.
38 But if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, so that you may knowCXXXIII and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.” 39 Then they triedCXXXIV to arrestCXXXV him again, but he escapedCXXXVI from their hands.
40 He went awayCXXXVII again across the JordanCXXXVIII to the placeCXXXIX where JohnCXL
had been baptizingCXLI earlier,CXLII and he remainedCXLIII there.
41 Many cameCXLIV to him, and they were saying, “JohnCXLV performedCXLVI
no sign,CXLVII but everythingCXLVIII that John said about this man was true.”CXLIX 42 And many believed in him there.
Image credit: “Shepherds, Sheep and Sheepfolds” by David Padfield, 2015.