1 "I am the true vine, and my Father is the cultivator. 2 Any branch of mine that does not bear fruit he trims away, and he prunes every branch that bears fruit, to make it bear more. 3 You are pruned already because of the teaching that I have given you. 4 You must remain united to me and I will remain united to you. Just as no branch can bear fruit by itself unless it remains united to the vine, you cannot unless you remain united to me.
5 I am the vine, you are the branches. Anyone who remains united to me, with me united to him, will be very fruitful, for you cannot do anything apart from me. 6 Anyone who does not remain united to me is thrown away like a branch and withers up, and they gather them and throw them into the fire and burn them. 7 If you remain united to me and my words remain in your hearts, ask for whatever you please and you shall have it. 8 When you are very fruitful and show yourselves to be disciples of mine, my Father is honored.
9 I have loved you just as the Father has loved me. You must retain my love. 10 If you keep my commands you will retain my love, just as I have observed the Father's commands and retain his love.
11 I have told you all this so that you may have the happiness that I have had, and your happiness may be complete. 12 The command that I give you is to love one another just as I have loved you. 13 No one can show greater love than by giving up his life for his friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command you to do. 15 I do not call you slaves any longer, for a slave does not know what his master is doing, but now I call you friends, for I have made known to you everything that I have learned from my Father. 16 It was not you who chose me, it is I that have chosen you, and appointed you to go and bear fruit??ruit that shall be lasting, so that the Father may grant you whatever you ask him for as my followers. 17 "What I command you to do is to love one another.
18 If the world hates you, remember that it hated me first. 19 If you belonged to the world, the world would love what was its own. But it is because you do not belong to the world, but I have selected you from the world, that the world hates you. 20 Remember what I said to you: No slave is greater than his master. If they have persecuted me they will persecute you too. If they have observed my teaching, they will observe yours too. 21 But they will do all this to you on my account, because they do not understand him who sent me. 22 If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have been guilty of sin, but as it is, they have no excuse for their sin. 23 Whoever hates me hates my Father also. 24 If I had not done things before them that no one else ever did they would not be guilty of sin. But as it is, they have seen both me and my Father, and they have hated us both. 25 But the saying of their Law, 'They hated me without cause,' must be fulfilled.