'Verily, verily, I say to you, He who is not entering
through the door to the fold of the sheep, but is going up from another side,
that one is a thief and a robber;
and he who is entering through the door is shepherd of the
to this one the doorkeeper doth open, and the sheep hear his
voice, and his own sheep he doth call by name, and doth lead them forth;
and when his own sheep he may put forth, before them he
goeth on, and the sheep follow him, because they have known his voice;
and a stranger they will not follow, but will flee from him,
because they have not known the voice of strangers.'
This similitude spake Jesus to them, and they knew not what
the things were that he was speaking to them;
Jesus said therefore again to them, 'Verily, verily, I say
to you -- I am the door of the sheep;
all, as many as came before me, are thieves and robbers, but
the sheep did not hear them;
I am the door, through me if any one may come in, he shall
be saved, and he shall come in, and go out, and find pasture.
'The thief doth not come, except that he may steal, and
kill, and destroy; I came that they may have life, and may have it
'I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd his life layeth
down for the sheep;
and the hireling, and not being a shepherd, whose own the
sheep are not, doth behold the wolf coming, and doth leave the sheep, and doth
flee; and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep;
and the hireling doth flee because he is an hireling, and is
not caring for the sheep.
'I am the good shepherd, and I know my sheep, and am
known by mine,
according as the Father doth know me, and I know the Father,
and my life I lay down for the sheep,
and other sheep I have that are not of this fold, these also
it behoveth me to bring, and my voice they will hear, and there shall become
one flock -- one shepherd.
'Because of this doth the Father love me, because I lay down
my life, that again I may take it;
no one doth take it from me, but I lay it down of myself;
authority I have to lay it down, and authority I have again to take it; this
command I received from my Father.'
Therefore, again, there came a division among the Jews,
because of these words,
and many of them said, 'He hath a demon, and is mad, why do
ye hear him?'
others said, 'These sayings are not those of a demoniac; is
a demon able blind men's eyes to open?'
And the dedication in Jerusalem came, and it was winter,
and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the porch of
the Jews, therefore, came round about him, and said to him,
'Till when our soul dost thou hold in suspense? if thou art the Christ, tell us
Jesus answered them, 'I told you, and ye do not believe; the
works that I do in the name of my Father, these testify concerning me;
but ye do not believe, for ye are not of my sheep,
according as I said to you: My sheep my voice do hear, and I
know them, and they follow me,
and life age-during I give to them, and they shall not
perish -- to the age, and no one shall pluck them out of my hand;
my Father, who hath given to me, is greater than all, and no
one is able to pluck out of the hand of my Father;
I and the Father are one.'
Therefore, again, did the Jews take up stones that they may
Jesus answered them, 'Many good works did I shew you from my
Father; because of which work of them do ye stone me?'
The Jews answered him, saying, 'For a good work we do not
stone thee, but for evil speaking, and because thou, being a man, dost make
Jesus answered them, 'Is it not having been written in your
law: I said, ye are gods?
if them he did call gods unto whom the word of God came,
(and the Writing is not able to be broken,)
of him whom the Father did sanctify, and send to the world,
do ye say -- Thou speakest evil, because I said, Son of God I am?
if I do not the works of my Father, do not believe me;
and if I do, even if me ye may not believe, the works
believe, that ye may know and may believe that in me is the Father, and
I in Him.'
Therefore were they seeking again to seize him, and he went
forth out of their hand,
and went away again to the other side of the Jordan, to the
place where John was at first baptizing, and remained there,
and many came unto him, and said -- 'John, indeed, did no
sign, and all things, as many as John said about this one were true;'
and many did believe in him there.