14 “I am the good shepherd. I know My own sheep, and they know Me, 15 as the Father knows Me, and I know the Father. b I lay down My life c for the sheep. 16 But I have other sheep d that are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will listen to My voice. Then there will be one flock, one shepherd. e 17 This is why the Father loves Me, f because I am laying down My life g so I may take it up again. 18 No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down on My own. I have the right to lay it down, and I have the right to take it up again. I have received this command from My Father.” h
19 Again a division i took place among the * Jews because of these words. 20 Many of them were saying, “He has a demon j and He’s crazy! Why do you listen to Him?” 21 Others were saying, “These aren’t the words of someone demon-possessed. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?” k
22 Then the Festival of Dedication l took place in Jerusalem, and it was winter. 23 Jesus was walking in the * temple complex in Solomon’s Colonnade. m n 24 Then the Jews surrounded Him and asked, “How long are You going to keep us in suspense? o If You are the * Messiah, p tell us plainly.” q r
25 “I did tell you and you don’t believe,” Jesus answered them. “The works s that I do in My Father’s name testify about Me. 26 But you don’t believe because you are not My sheep. t u 27 My sheep hear My voice, I know them, and they follow Me. 28 I give them eternal life, v and they will never perish w—ever! No one will snatch x them out of My hand. 29 My Father, y who has given them to Me, is greater than all. No one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.
10:22 Or Hanukkah, also called the Feast of Lights; this festival commemorated the rededication of the temple in 164 b.c.
10:23 Rows of columns supporting a roof
10:24 * How long are you taking away our life?
10:24 Or openly, or publicly
10:26 Other * add just as I told you
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