John - Chapter 10




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1 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.

1 Truly I say to you, He who does not go through the door into the place where the sheep are kept, but gets in by some other way, is a thief and an outlaw.

2 But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.

2 He who goes in by the door is the keeper of the sheep.

3 To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out.

3 The porter lets him in; and the sheep give ear to his voice; he says over the names of the sheep, and takes them out.

4 And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.

4 When he has got them all out, he goes before them, and the sheep go after him, for they have knowledge of his voice.

5 And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.

5 They will not go after another who is not their keeper, but will go from him in flight, because his voice is strange to them.

6 This parable spake Jesus unto them: but they understood not what things they were which he spake unto them.

6 In this Jesus was teaching them in the form of a story: but what he said was not clear to them.

7 Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.

7 So Jesus said again, Truly I say to you, I am the door of the sheep.

8 All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them.

8 All who came before me are thieves and outlaws: but the sheep did not give ear to them.

9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.

9 I am the door: if any man goes in through me he will have salvation, and will go in and go out, and will get food.

10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

10 The thief comes only to take the sheep and to put them to death: he comes for their destruction: I have come so that they may have life and have it in greater measure.

11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.

11 I am the good keeper of sheep: the good keeper gives his life for the sheep.

12 But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep.

12 He who is a servant, and not the keeper or the owner of the sheep, sees the wolf coming and goes in flight, away from the sheep; and the wolf comes down on them and sends them in all directions:

13 The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep.

13 Because he is a servant he has no interest in the sheep.

14 I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.

14 I am the good keeper; I have knowledge of my sheep, and they have knowledge of me,

15 As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep.

15 Even as the Father has knowledge of me and I of the Father; and I am giving my life for the sheep.

16 And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.

16 And I have other sheep which are not of this field: I will be their guide in the same way, and they will give ear to my voice, so there will be one flock and one keeper.

17 Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again.

17 For this reason am I loved by the Father, because I give up my life so that I may take it again.

18 No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.

18 No one takes it away from me; I give it up of myself. I have power to give it up, and I have power to take it again. These orders I have from my Father.

19 There was a division therefore again among the Jews for these sayings.

19 There was a division again among the Jews because of these words.

20 And many of them said, He hath a devil, and is mad; why hear ye him?

20 And a number of them said, He has an evil spirit and is out of his mind; why do you give ear to him?

21 Others said, These are not the words of him that hath a devil. Can a devil open the eyes of the blind?

21 Others said, These are not the words of one who has an evil spirit. Is it possible for an evil spirit to make blind people see?

22 And it was at Jerusalem the feast of the dedication, and it was winter.

22 Then came the feast of the opening of the Temple in Jerusalem: it was winter;

23 And Jesus walked in the temple in Solomon's porch.

23 And Jesus was walking in the Temple, in Solomon's covered way.

24 Then came the Jews round about him, and said unto him, How long dost thou make us to doubt? If thou be the Christ, tell us plainly.

24 Then the Jews came round him, saying, how long are you going to keep us in doubt? If you are the Christ, say so clearly.

25 Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father's name, they bear witness of me.

25 Jesus said in answer, I have said it and you have no belief: the works which I do in my Father's name, these give witness about me.

26 But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you.

26 But you have no belief because you are not of my sheep.

27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:

27 My sheep give ear to my voice, and I have knowledge of them, and they come after me:

28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

28 And I give them eternal life; they will never come to destruction, and no one will ever take them out of my hand.

29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand.

29 That which my Father has given to me has more value than all; and no one is able to take anything out of the Father's hand.

30 I and my Father are one.

30 I and my Father are one.

31 Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him.

31 Then the Jews took up stones again to send at him.

32 Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me?

32 Jesus said to them in answer, I have let you see a number of good works from the Father; for which of those works are you stoning me?

33 The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.

33 This was their answer: We are not stoning you for a good work but for evil words; because being a man you make yourself God.

34 Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods?

34 In answer, Jesus said, Is there not a saying in your law, I said, You are gods?

35 If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken;

35 If he said they were gods, to whom the word of God came (and the Writings may not be broken),

36 Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God?

36 Do you say of him whom the Father made holy and sent into the world, Your words are evil; because I said, I am God's Son?

37 If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not.

37 If I am not doing the works of my Father, do not have belief in me;

38 But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him.

38 But if I am doing them, then have belief in the works even if you have no belief in me; so that you may see clearly and be certain that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.

39 Therefore they sought again to take him: but he escaped out of their hand,

39 Then again they made an attempt to take him; but he got away from them.

40 And went away again beyond Jordan into the place where John at first baptized; and there he abode.

40 And he went again to the other side of the Jordan, to the place where John first gave baptism; and he was there for a time.

41 And many resorted unto him, and said, John did no miracle: but all things that John spake of this man were true.

41 And a great number of people came to him, saying, John did no sign: but everything John said of this man was true.

42 And many believed on him there.

42 And a number came to have faith in him there.




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