1 »Truly I tell you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs up some other way is a thief and a robber.
2 »He who enters in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.
3 »The doorkeeper opens to him and the sheep hear his voice. He calls his sheep by name and leads them.
4 »When all of his own are out he leads them. The sheep follow him for they know his voice.
5 »They will not follow a stranger but will flee from him. They do not know the voice of a stranger.«
6 They did not understand this illustration Jesus spoke to them.
7 Jesus explained: »I am the door of the sheep.
8 »Thieves and robbers came in place of me but the sheep did not listen to them.
9 »I am the door. If any man enters through me he will be saved. He will go in and out and find pasture.
10 »The thief comes to steal, and kill, and destroy. I came that they may have life, and may have it abundantly.
11 »I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
12 »The hired man owns no sheep. He is not the shepherd. He sees the wolf coming and abandons the sheep. The wolf snatches them, and scatters them.
13 »He leaves because he is a hired man and does not care for the sheep.
14 »I am the good shepherd. I know my own, and my own know me.
15 Just as the Father knows me I know the Father! I lay down my life for the sheep.
16 »I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I will also bring them. They will hear my voice and they will become one flock, one shepherd.
17 »The Father loves me. Therefore I lay down my life and I take it back again.
18 »No one takes it away from me, but I lay it down voluntarily. I have authority jurisdictionright to lay it down, and I have authority to take it again. I have received this commandment from my Father.«
19 The Jews were again divided because of what Jesus said.
20 Many of them said: »He has a demon and is mad. Why listen to him?«
21 Others said: »These are not the sayings of one possessed with a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?«
22 It was the feast of the dedication at Jerusalem.
23 It was wintertime. Jesus was walking in the temple on Solomons porch the Colonnade of Solomon.
24 The Jews came to him and asked: »How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.«
25 Jesus replied: »I told you and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Fathers name bear witness of me.
26 »You do not believe because you are not my sheep!
27 »My sheep hear my voice. I know them and they follow me.
28 »I give them eternal life. They will never perish. No one will snatch them out of my hand.
29 »My Father has given them to me. He is greater than all and no one is able to snatch them out of the Fathers hand.
30 »The Father and I are one united in purpose.«
31 The Jews picked up stones again to stone him.
32 Jesus replied to them: »I have shown you many good works from the Father. For which of those works do you stone me?«
33 The Jews answered him: »We do not stone you for good work but for blasphemy. You are a man and you make yourself like God.« (John 1:1)
34 Jesus said: »Is it not written in your law, I said, you are god-like ones?
35 »So if he called them god-like ones, those to whom the word of God came, and the Scriptures may not be annulled,
36 »do you say to the one whom the Father sanctified and sent into the world, you blaspheme? And this because I said, I am the Son of God. (Psalm 82:1, 6) (John 1:34; John 5:18) (Luke 1:35)
37 »If I am not doing the works of my Father, do not believe me.
38 »But if I do them and you do not believe me, believe the works! That way you may know and understand that the Father is with me, and I am with the Father.«
39 They tried again to capture him but he escaped from them.
40 He traveled beyond the Jordan into the place where John first baptized and stayed there.
41 Many came to him and they said: »John indeed did not perform a single miracle. Yet everything John said about this man was true.«
42 Many believed in him there.