15 As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father;and I lay down My life for the sheep.16 Andother sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice;and there will be one flock and one shepherd.
17 “Therefore My Fatherloves 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. Ihave power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again.This command I have received from My Father.”
19 Therefore there was a division again among the Jews because of these sayings. 20 And many of them said, “He has a demon and is [a]mad. Why do you listen to Him?”
21 Others said, “These are not the words of one who has a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?”
The Shepherd Knows His Sheep
22 Now it was the Feast of Dedication in Jerusalem, and it was winter. 23 And Jesus walked in the temple, in Solomon’s porch. 24 Then the Jews surrounded Him and said to Him, “How long do You keep us in [b]doubt? If You are the Christ, tell us plainly.”
25 Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe.The works that I do in My Father’s name, theybear witness of Me.26 Butyou do not believe, because you are not of My sheep,[c]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; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand.29 My Father,who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand.30 I and My Father are one.”
Renewed Efforts to Stone Jesus
31 Then the Jews took up stones again to stone Him. 32 Jesus answered them, “Many good works I have shown you from My Father. For which of those works do you stone Me?”
33 The Jews answered Him, saying, “For a good work we do not stone You, 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 Scripturecannot be broken),36 do you say of Himwhom the Father sanctified andsent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’because I said, ‘I amthe Son of God’?37 If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me;38 but if I do, though you do not believe Me,believe the works, that you may know and[d]believethat the Father is in Me, and I in Him.”
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