1 "I tell you, any man who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs over at some other place, is a thief and robber. 2 But the man who enters by the door is the shepherd of the flock. 3 The watchman opens the door to him, and the sheep obey his voice, and he calls to his own sheep and leads them out. 4 When he gets his own flock all out, he goes in front of them, and the sheep follow him, because they know his voice. 5 But they will never follow a stranger but will run away from him, because they do not know the voices of strangers."
6 This was the figure Jesus used in speaking to them, but they did not understand what he meant by it.
7 So Jesus said again, "I tell you, I am the door of the sheepfold. 8 All who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep would not obey them. 9 I am the door. Whoever enters through me will be saved, and will pass in and out and find pasture. 10 A thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come to let them have life, and to let them have it in abundance.
11 I am the good shepherd. A good shepherd will give his life for his sheep. 12 A hired man who is not a shepherd and does not own the sheep, when he sees a wolf coming, will leave the sheep and run away, and the wolf will carry them off and scatter the flock. 13 For he is only a hired man, and does not care about the sheep.
14 I am the good shepherd. I know my sheep and my sheep know me, 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father, and I am giving my life for my sheep. 16 I have other sheep too that do not belong to this fold. I must lead them too, and they will obey my voice, and they will all become one flock, with one shepherd. 17 This is why the Father loves me, because I am giving my life, but giving it to take it back again. 18 No one has taken it from me, but I am giving it of my own accord. I have power to give it, and I have power to take it back again. These are the orders I have received from my Father."
19 These words caused a fresh division of opinion among the Jews. 20 Many of them said, "He is possessed and mad! Why do you listen to him?" 21 Others said, "These are not the words of a man who is possessed. Can a madman make blind men see?"
22 That was the time of the Rededication Festival at Jerusalem. It was winter time 23 and Jesus was walking up and down inside the Temple, in Solomon's Colonnade. 24 So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, "How much longer are you going to keep us in suspense? If you are really the Christ, tell us so frankly!"
25 Jesus answered, "I have told you so, and you will not believe it. The things I have been doing by my Father's authority are my credentials, 26 but you do not believe it because you do not belong to my sheep. 27 My sheep listen to my voice, and I know them and they follow me, 28 and I give them eternal life, and they shall never be lost, and no one shall tear them out of my hands. 29 What my Father has intrusted to me is of more importance than everything else, and no one can tear anything out of the Father's hands. 30 The Father and I are one."
32 Jesus answered, "I have let you see many good things from the Father; which of them do you mean to stone me for?"
33 The Jews answered, "We are not stoning you for doing anything good, but for your impious talk, and because you, a mere man, make yourself out to be God."
34 Jesus answered, "Is it not declared in your Law, 'I said, "You are gods" '? 35 If those to whom God's message was addressed were called gods??nd the Scripture cannot be set aside??36 do you mean to say to me whom the Father has consecrated and made his messenger to the world, 'You are blasphemous,' because I said, 'I am God's Son'? 37 If I am not doing the things my Father does, do not believe me. 38 But if I am doing them, then even if you will not believe me, believe the things I do, in order that you may realize and learn that the Father is in union with me, and I am in union with the Father." 39 In consequence of this they again tried to arrest him, and he withdrew out of their reach.
40 He went across the Jordan again to the place where John used to baptize at first, and there he stayed. 41 And people came to him in great numbers, and they said of him, "John did not show any sign in proof of his mission, but all that he said about this man was true." 42 And many became believers in him in that place.