1 I tell you most truly, he that enters not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbs in at some other place, he is a thief and robber; 2 but he that enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 To him the gate-keeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice, and he calls his sheep by name, and leads them out. 4 When he puts out all his sheep he goes before them, and the sheep follow him; for they know his voice. 5 But a stranger they will not follow, but will flee from him, for they know not the voice of strangers.
6 This parable spoke Jesus to them, but they knew not what the words which he spoke to them meant.
7 Then said Jesus to them again, I tell you most truly, I am the door of the sheep. 8 All who came before me are thieves and robbers; but the sheep have not heard them. 9 I am the door; by me if any one enters in he shall be saved, and go in and out, and find pasturage. 10 The thief comes not, except to steal, and kill, and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.
11 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives his life for the sheep. 12 But the hired servant, and one who is not a shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming, and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf seizes and scatters them; 13 for he is a hired servant and cares not for the sheep.
14 I am the good shepherd, and I know mine and mine know me, 15 as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I give my life for the sheep. 16 And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; and them I must lead, and they shall hear my voice, and there shall be one flock, one shepherd. 17 Therefore my Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it again. 18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have a right to lay it down, and I have a right to take it again; this commandment have I received from my Father.
19 There was a division again among the Jews on account of these words; 20 and many of them said, He has a demon, and is mad; why do you hear him? 21 Others said, These are not the words of a demoniac; can a demon open the eyes of the blind?
22 IT was the dedication at Jerusalem; it was winter; 23 and Jesus walked in the temple, in Solomon's porch. 24 Then the Jews came around him and said to him, How long do you hold our minds [in doubt]? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.
25 Jesus answered them, I have told you and you believe not; the works which I perform in my Father's name, these testify of me; 26 but you believe not, because you are not of my sheep. As I said to you, 27 My sheep hear my voice and I know them, and they follow me, 28 and I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish nor shall any one pluck them out of my hand. 29 My Father who gave [them] to me is greater than all, and no one can pluck them out of my Father's hand. 30 I and the Father are one.
32 Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shown you from the Father; for which of these works do you stone me?
33 The Jews answered him, We do not stone you for a good work, but for blasphemy, and because you, being a man, make yourself God.
34 Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said you are gods? 35 If he called them gods to whom the word of God came, and the Scripture cannot be broken, 36 do you tell him whom the Father has sanctified and sent into the world, You blaspheme, because I said, I am the Son of God? 37 If I do not my Father's works, believe me not; 38 but if I do, though you believe not me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me and I in the Father. 39 Then they sought again to take him by force; and he escaped out of their hand.