John 10
King James 2000

The Shepherd and His Sheep

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

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

3To him the gatekeeper opens; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calls his own sheep by name, and leads them out.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

12But he that is a hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, sees the wolf coming, and leaves the sheep, and flees: and the wolf catches them, and scatters the sheep.

13The hireling flees, because he is a hireling, and cares not for the sheep.

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

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

16And 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.

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

18No man takes 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.

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

20And many of them said, He has a demon, and is mad; why hear you him?

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

False Sheep Reject Jesus

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

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

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

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

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

Jesus' Sheep Shall Never Perish

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

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

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

30I and my Father are one.

The Jews Try to Stone Jesus

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

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

33The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone you not; but for blasphemy; and because that you, being a man, make yourself God.

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

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

36Say you of him, whom the Father has sanctified, and sent into the world, You blaspheme; because I said, I am the Son of God?

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

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

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

Many Beyond Jordan Believe on Jesus

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

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

42And many believed on him there.

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