1 “I amI the trueII vine,III and my FatherIV is the vinegrower.V
2 He removesVI everyVII branchVIII in me
that bearsIX no fruit.X Every branch that bears fruit he prunesXI to make it bear moreXII fruit.
3 You have already been cleansedXIII by the wordXIV that I have spoken to you. 4 AbideXV in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannotXVI bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me.
5 I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear muchXVII fruit, because apart fromXVIII me you can doXIX nothing. 6 Whoever does not abide in me is thrownXX away like a branch and withers;XXI
such branches are gathered,XXII thrown into the fire,XXIII and burned.XXIV 7 If you abide in me and my wordsXXV abide in you, askXXVI for
whatever you wish,XXVII and it will be doneXXVIII for you. 8 My Father is glorifiedXXIX by this, that you bear much fruit and becomeXXX my disciples.XXXI
9 As the Father has lovedXXXII me, so I have loved you; abide in my love.XXXIII 10 If you keepXXXIV
my commandments,XXXV you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. 11 I have said these things to you so that my joyXXXVI may be in you and that your joy may be complete.XXXVII
12 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 No one hasXXXVIII greaterXXXIX love than this, to lay downXL one’s lifeXLI for one’s friends.XLII
14 You are my friends if you do what I commandXLIII you. 15 I do not callXLIV you servantsXLV any longer, because the servant does not knowXLVI
what the masterXLVII is doing, but I have calledXLVIII you friends, because I have made knownXLIX to you everythingL that I have heardLI from my Father.
16 You did not chooseLII me, but I chose you. And I appointedLIII you to goLIV and bear fruit,
fruit that will last,LV so that the Father will giveLVI you whatever you ask him in my name.LVII 17 I am giving you these commandsLVIII so that you may love one another.
18 “If the worldLIX hatesLX you, be awareLXI that it hated me beforeLXII it hated you.
19 If you belongedLXIII to the world, the world would loveLXIV you as its own.LXV Because you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.
20 RememberLXVI the wordLXVII that I said to you, ‘Slaves are not greater than their master.’ If they persecutedLXVIII me, they will persecute you; if they kept my word,LXIX they will keep yours also.
21 But they will do allLXX these things to you on account of my name, because they do not knowLXXI him who sentLXXII me.
22 If I had not comeLXXIII and spoken to them, they would not have sin,LXXIV but now they have no excuseLXXV for their sin. 23 Whoever hates me hates my Father also.
24 If I had not done among them the worksLXXVI that no one elseLXXVII did, they would not have sin. But now they have seenLXXVIII and hated both me and my Father. 25 It was to fulfillLXXIX the wordLXXX
that is writtenLXXXI in their law,LXXXII ‘They hated me without a cause.’LXXXIII
26 “When the AdvocateLXXXIV comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the SpiritLXXXV of truthLXXXVI
who comesLXXXVII from the Father, he will testifyLXXXVIII on my behalf. 27 You also are to testify, because you have been with me from the beginning.LXXXIX
Image credit: “Vineyards, Watchtowers and Wineskins” by David Padfield, 2015.