1 "I most solemnly say to you, whoever does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs over at some other place is a thief and a robber. 2 But the one who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 The doorkeeper opens the door to him, and the sheep obey his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name, and leads them out. 4 So when he gets his sheep all out, he goes on before them, and the sheep come on behind him, because they know his voice. 5 But they will never come on behind a stranger, but will run away from him, because they do not know the voice of strangers."
6 Jesus told them this allegory, but they did not understand what He meant by it.
7 So Jesus said to them again: "I most solemnly say to you, I am the door to the sheepfold myself. 8 All who came as such before me are thieves and robbers, but the true sheep would not listen to them. 9 I am the door myself. Whoever enters through me will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. 10 A thief does not come for any purpose but to steal and kill and destroy; I have come for people to have life and have it till it overflows.
11 I am the good shepherd myself. The good shepherd gives his own life for his sheep. 12 The hired man, who is not a shepherd and does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away, and the wolf carries off some of the sheep and scatters the flock. 13 This is because he is a hired man and does not care a straw for the sheep.
14 I am the good shepherd myself. 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 own 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 listen to my voice, and all my sheep will become one flock with one shepherd. 17 This is why the Father loves me, because I am giving my own life to take it back again. 18 No one has taken it from me, but I am giving it as a free gift. I have the right to give it and I have the right to take it back. I have gotten this order from my Father."
19 These words again led to a difference of opinion among the Jews. 20 Many of them said, "He is under the power of a demon and is going crazy. Why are you listening to Him?" 21 Others said, "These are not the words of a man who is under the power of a demon. A demon cannot make the eyes of the blind see, can he?"
22 At that time came the Feast of Rededication at Jerusalem. It was winter, 23 and Jesus was walking in Solomon's portico. 24 So the Jews surrounded Him and kept asking Him, "How much longer are you going to keep us in suspense? If you are really the Christ, tell us so plainly."
25 Jesus answered them, "I have already told you so, but you do not believe me. The works which I am doing on my Father's authority are my credentials, 26 but still you do not believe in me, for 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 to them eternal life, and they shall never get lost, and no one shall snatch them out of my hand. 29 My father who gave them to me is stronger than all, and no one can snatch them out of my Father's hand. 30 The Father and I are one."
31 The Jews again picked up stones to stone Him.
32 Jesus answered them, "I have shown you many good deeds from my Father. For which of them are you going to stone me?"
33 The Jews retorted, "It is not for a good deed but for blasphemy we are going to stone you; namely, because you, although a mere man, claim to be God."
34 Jesus answered them, "Is it not written in your law, 'I said, "You are gods"'? 35 If men to whom God's message came are called gods -- and the Scriptures cannot be made null and void -- 36 do you now say to me whom my Father has set apart to it and sent into the world, 'You are a blasphemer,' because I said, 'I am the Son of God'? 37 If I am not doing the things that my Father is doing, do not believe me. 38 But if I am doing so, even if you will not believe me, believe the deeds, that you may come to know and continue to know that the Father is in union with me and I am in union with the Father." 39 Once more they were trying to arrest Him, but He escaped from their hands.
40 He again crossed the Jordan at the place where John at first used to baptize, and there He stayed. 41 And many people came to Him and kept on saying, "John did not perform any wonder-works, but everything he ever said about this man was true." 42 And so many of them at that place believed in Him.