Jesus Is the Vine—Followers Are Branches

15 (A)I am the true vine, and My Father is the (B)vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He [a]prunes it so that it may bear more fruit. (C)You are already [b]clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. (D)Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit [c]of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he (E)bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is (F)thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, (G)ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. My (H)Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so [d](I)prove to be My disciples. Just as (J)the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love. 10 (K)If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as (L)I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. 11 (M)These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your (N)joy may be made full.

Disciples’ Relation to Each Other

12 “This is (O)My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you. 13 (P)Greater love has no one than this, that one (Q)lay down his life for his friends. 14 You are My (R)friends if (S)you do what I command you. 15 No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for (T)all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you. 16 (U)You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and (V)bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that (W)whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you. 17 This (X)I command you, that you love one another.

Disciples’ Relation to the World

18 (Y)If the world hates you, [e]you know that it has hated Me before it hated you. 19 If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but (Z)I chose you out of the world, (AA)because of this the world hates you. 20 Remember the word that I said to you, ‘(AB)A slave is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, (AC)they will also persecute you; if they (AD)kept My word, they will keep yours also. 21 But all these things they will do to you (AE)for My name’s sake, (AF)because they do not know the One who sent Me. 22 (AG)If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have [f]sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin. 23 He who hates Me hates My Father also. 24 (AH)If I had not done among them (AI)the works which no one else did, they would not have [g]sin; but now they have both seen and hated Me and My Father as well. 25 But they have done this to fulfill the word that is written in their (AJ)Law, ‘(AK)They hated Me without a cause.’

26 “When the [h](AL)Helper comes, (AM)whom I will send to you from the Father, that is (AN)the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, (AO)He will testify about Me, 27 [i]and (AP)you will testify also, because you have been with Me (AQ)from the beginning.

Jesus’ Warning

16 (AR)These things I have spoken to you so that you may be kept from (AS)stumbling. [j]They will (AT)make you outcasts from the synagogue, but (AU)an hour is coming for everyone (AV)who kills you to think that he is offering service to God. These things they will do (AW)because they have not known the Father or Me. But these things I have spoken to you, (AX)so that when their hour comes, you [k]may remember that I told you of them. These things I did not say to you (AY)at the beginning, because I was with you.

The Holy Spirit Promised

“But now (AZ)I am going to Him who sent Me; and none of you asks Me, ‘(BA)Where are You going?’ But because I have said these things to you, (BB)sorrow has filled your heart. But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the [l](BC)Helper will not come to you; but if I go, (BD)I will send Him to you. And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment; concerning sin, (BE)because they do not believe in Me; 10 and concerning (BF)righteousness, because (BG)I go to the Father and you no longer see Me; 11 (BH)and concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world has been judged.

12 “I have many more things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13 But when He, (BI)the Spirit of truth, comes, He will (BJ)guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come. 14 He will (BK)glorify Me, for He will take of Mine and will disclose it to you. 15 (BL)All things that the Father has are Mine; therefore I said that He takes of Mine and will disclose it to you.

Jesus’ Death and Resurrection Foretold

16 (BM)A little while, and (BN)you will no longer see Me; and again a little while, and (BO)you will see Me.” 17 Some of His disciples then said to one another, “What is this thing He is telling us, (BP)A little while, and you will not see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me’; and, ‘because (BQ)I go to the Father’?” 18 So they were saying, “What is this that He says, ‘A little while’? We do not know what He is talking about.” 19 (BR)Jesus knew that they wished to question Him, and He said to them, “Are you deliberating together about this, that I said, ‘A little while, and you will not see Me, and again a little while, and you will see Me’? 20 Truly, truly, I say to you, that (BS)you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice; you will grieve, but (BT)your grief will be turned into joy. 21 (BU)Whenever a woman is in labor she has [m]pain, because her hour has come; but when she gives birth to the child, she no longer remembers the anguish because of the joy that a [n]child has been born into the world. 22 Therefore (BV)you too have grief now; but (BW)I will see you again, and your heart will rejoice, and no one will take your joy away from you.

Prayer Promises

23 (BX)In that day (BY)you will not question Me about anything. Truly, truly, I say to you, (BZ)if you ask the Father for anything in My name, He will give it to you. 24 (CA)Until now you have asked for nothing in My name; ask and you will receive, so that your (CB)joy may be made full.

25 “These things I have spoken to you in [o](CC)figurative language; (CD)an hour is coming when I will no longer speak to you in [p]figurative language, but will tell you plainly of the Father. 26 (CE)In that day (CF)you will ask in My name, and I do not say to you that I will request of the Father on your behalf; 27 for (CG)the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me and (CH)have believed that (CI)I came forth from the Father. 28 (CJ)I came forth from the Father and have come into the world; I am leaving the world again and (CK)going to the Father.”

29 His disciples *said, “Lo, now You are speaking plainly and are not [q]using (CL)a figure of speech. 30 Now we know that You know all things, and have no need for anyone to question You; by this we (CM)believe that You (CN)came from God.” 31 Jesus answered them, “Do you now believe? 32 Behold, (CO)an hour is coming, and has already come, for (CP)you to be scattered, each to (CQ)his own home, and to leave Me alone; and yet (CR)I am not alone, because the Father is with Me. 33 These things I have spoken to you, so that (CS)in Me you may have peace. (CT)In the world you have tribulation, but (CU)take courage; (CV)I have overcome the world.”

The High Priestly Prayer

17 Jesus spoke these things; and (CW)lifting up His eyes to heaven, He said, “Father, the hour has come; (CX)glorify Your Son, that the Son may glorify You, even as (CY)You gave Him authority over all flesh, that (CZ)to [r]all whom You have given Him, (DA)He may give eternal life. This is eternal life, that they may know You, (DB)the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom (DC)You have sent. (DD)I glorified You on the earth, [s](DE)having accomplished the work which You have given Me to do. Now, Father, (DF)glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had (DG)with You before the world was.

(DH)I have manifested Your name to the men whom (DI)You gave Me out of the world; they were (DJ)Yours and You gave them to Me, and they have (DK)kept Your word. Now they have come to know that everything You have given Me is from You; for (DL)the words which You gave Me (DM)I have given to them; and they received them and truly understood that (DN)I came forth from You, and they believed that (DO)You sent Me. (DP)I ask on their behalf; (DQ)I do not ask on behalf of the world, but of those whom (DR)You have given Me; for (DS)they are Yours; 10 and (DT)all things that are Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine; and I have been glorified in them. 11 I am no longer in the world; and yet (DU)they themselves are in the world, and (DV)I come to You. (DW)Holy Father, keep them in Your name, the name (DX)which You have given Me, that (DY)they may be one even as We are. 12 While I was with them, I was keeping them in Your name (DZ)which You have given Me; and I guarded them and (EA)not one of them perished but (EB)the [t]son of perdition, so that the (EC)Scripture would be fulfilled.

The Disciples in the World

13 But now (ED)I come to You; and (EE)these things I speak in the world so that they may have My (EF)joy made full in themselves. 14 I have given them Your word; and (EG)the world has hated them, because (EH)they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 15 I do not ask You to take them out of the world, but to keep them [u]from [v](EI)the evil one. 16 (EJ)They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 17 (EK)Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth. 18 As (EL)You sent Me into the world, (EM)I also have sent them into the world. 19 For their sakes I (EN)sanctify Myself, that they themselves also may be (EO)sanctified (EP)in truth.

20 “I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word; 21 that they may all be one; (EQ)even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, (ER)so that the world may [w]believe that (ES)You sent Me.

Their Future Glory

22 The (ET)glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one; 23 (EU)I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected [x]in unity, so that the world may [y]know that (EV)You sent Me, and (EW)loved them, even as You have loved Me. 24 Father, I desire that (EX)they also, whom You have given Me, (EY)be with Me where I am, so that they may see My (EZ)glory which You have given Me, for You loved Me before (FA)the foundation of the world.

25 “O (FB)righteous Father, [z]although (FC)the world has not known You, yet I have known You; and these have known that (FD)You sent Me; 26 and (FE)I have made Your name known to them, and will make it known, so that (FF)the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.”


  1. John 15:2 Lit cleans; used to describe pruning
  2. John 15:3 I.e. pruned like a branch
  3. John 15:4 Lit from
  4. John 15:8 Or become My disciples
  5. John 15:18 Or (imperative) know that
  6. John 15:22 I.e. guilt
  7. John 15:24 I.e. guilt
  8. John 15:26 Gr Paracletos, one called alongside to help; or Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor
  9. John 15:27 Or (imperative) and bear witness
  10. John 16:2 Or They will have you excommunicated
  11. John 16:4 Or will remember them, that I told you
  12. John 16:7 Gr Paracletos, one called alongside to help; or Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor
  13. John 16:21 Lit grief
  14. John 16:21 Lit human being
  15. John 16:25 Lit proverbs; or figures of speech
  16. John 16:25 Lit proverbs; or figures of speech
  17. John 16:29 Lit saying a proverb
  18. John 17:2 Lit everything that You have given Him, to them He may
  19. John 17:4 Or by accomplishing
  20. John 17:12 Heb idiom for one destined to perish
  21. John 17:15 Or out of the power of
  22. John 17:15 Or evil
  23. John 17:21 Gr tense indicates continually believe
  24. John 17:23 Lit into one
  25. John 17:23 Gr tense indicates continually know
  26. John 17:25 Lit even the world