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To the Feast of Tabernacles, in Jerusalem
(Sep 29 - Oct 29)
Jesus leaves Galilee, and begins a private journey to Jerusalem, to attend the Feast of Tabernacles. As the Samaritans refuse him hospitality, he must deviate his way through Perea, on the east side of the Jordan (Sept 29). During this trip, Jesus tells the requirements for following him, he sends out the seventy-two disciples and he rebukes the impenitent cities. At the time of the joyful return of the disciples, Jesus rejoices and blesses the Father for having revealed to the children. He invites to take his yoke ("my yoke is light...") and he proclaims blessed the eyes that see these things. Entering Judea, he relates the parable of the good Samaritan. He is received in Bethany, in the home of Mary and Martha, where he declares that "Mary has chosen the good part".
In Jerusalem, in the feast of the Tabernacles (Oct 29), he maintains several discussions with the Jews and he claims: "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink!". They asked him about the case of the adulterous woman, and he sentences: "He who is without sin among you, let him throw the first stone at her". The disputes with the pharisees continue; Jesus claims to be the light of the world and ends the discussion with the astonishing sentence: "before Abraham existed, I am", that leads the Jews to anger and scandal.
Then he cures a man born blind on the Sabbath day and the pharisees examine the cured man and his parents. Jesus proclaims himself as the good shepherd who lays down his life for the sheep. He finishes this stay in Jerusalem with the parable of the persistent friend (Oct 29).
|Private journey to Jerusalem, to the feast of the Tabernacles|
|Unbelief of Jesus' relatives. He decides to travel privately|
|7:2 Now the feast of the Jews, the Feast of Booths, was at hand.
7:3 His brothers therefore said to him, "Depart from here, and go into Judea, that your disciples also may see your works which you do.
7:4 For no one does anything in secret, and himself seeks to be known openly. If you do these things, reveal yourself to the world."
7:5 For even his brothers didn't believe in him.
7:6 Jesus therefore said to them, "My time has not yet come, but your time is always ready.
7:7 The world can't hate you, but it hates me, because I testify about it, that its works are evil.
7:8 You go up to the feast. I am not yet going up to this feast, because my time is not yet fulfilled."
7:9 Having said these things to them, he stayed in Galilee.
7:10 But when his brothers had gone up to the feast, then he also went up, not publicly, but as it were in secret.
7:11 The Jews therefore sought him at the feast, and said, "Where is he?"
7:12 There was much murmuring among the multitudes concerning him. Some said, "He is a good man." Others said, "Not so, but he leads the multitude astray."
7:13 Yet no one spoke openly of him for fear of the Jews.
|The Samaritans refuse him hospitality|
|9:51 It came to pass, when the days were near that he should be taken up, he intently set his face to go to Jerusalem,
9:52 and sent messengers before his face. They went, and entered into a village of the Samaritans, so as to prepare for him.
9:53 They didn't receive him, because he was traveling with his face set towards Jerusalem.
9:54 When his disciples, James and John, saw this, they said, "Lord, do you want us to command fire to come down from the sky, and destroy them, just as Elijah did?"
9:55 But he turned and rebuked them, "You don't know of what kind of spirit you are.
9:56 For the Son of Man didn't come to destroy men's lives, but to save them." They went to another village.
|The requirements for following Jesus|
|8:19 A scribe came, and said to him, "Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go."
8:20 Jesus said to him, "The foxes have holes, and the birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head."
8:21 Another of his disciples said to him, "Lord, allow me first to go and bury my father."
8:22 But Jesus said to him, "Follow me, and leave the dead to bury their own dead."
|9:57 As they went on the way, a certain man said to him, "I want to follow you wherever you go, Lord."
9:58 Jesus said to him, "The foxes have holes, and the birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head."
9:59 He said to another, "Follow me!" But he said, "Lord, allow me first to go and bury my father."
9:60 But Jesus said to him, "Leave the dead to bury their own dead, but you go and announce the Kingdom of God."
9:61 Another also said, "I want to follow you, Lord, but first allow me to bid farewell to those who are at my house."
9:62 But Jesus said to him, "No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the Kingdom of God."
|Seventy-Two disciples are sent out|
|10:1 Now after these things, the Lord also appointed seventy others, and sent them two by two ahead of him into every city and place, where he was about to come.
10:2 Then he said to them, "The harvest is indeed plentiful, but the laborers are few. Pray therefore to the Lord of the harvest, that he may send out laborers into his harvest.
10:3 Go your ways. Behold, I send you out as lambs among wolves.
10:4 Carry no purse, nor wallet, nor sandals. Greet no one on the way.
10:5 Into whatever house you enter, first say, 'Peace be to this house.'
10:6 If a son of peace is there, your peace will rest on him; but if not, it will return to you.
10:7 Remain in that same house, eating and drinking the things they give, for the laborer is worthy of his wages. Don't go from house to house.
10:8 Into whatever city you enter, and they receive you, eat the things that are set before you.
10:9 Heal the sick who are therein, and tell them, 'The Kingdom of God has come near to you.'
10:10 But into whatever city you enter, and they don't receive you, go out into the streets of it and say,
10:11 'Even the dust from your city that clings to us, we wipe off against you. Nevertheless know this, that the Kingdom of God has come near to you.'
10:12 I tell you, it will be more tolerable in that day for Sodom than for that city.
|Rebuking of the impenitent cities|
|11:20 Then he began to denounce the cities in which most of his mighty works had been done, because they didn't repent.
11:21 "Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works had been done in Tyre and Sidon which were done in you, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.
11:22 But I tell you, it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon on the day of judgment than for you.
11:23 You, Capernaum, who are exalted to Heaven, you will go down to Hades. For if the mighty works had been done in Sodom which were done in you, it would have remained until this day.
11:24 But I tell you that it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom, on the day of judgment, than for you."
|10:13 "Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works had been done in Tyre and Sidon which were done in you, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes.
10:14 But it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon in the judgment than for you.
10:15 You, Capernaum, who are exalted to heaven, will be brought down to Hades.
10:16 Whoever listens to you listens to me, and whoever rejects you rejects me. Whoever rejects me rejects him who sent me."
|Joyful return of the disciples|
|10:17 The seventy returned with joy, saying, "Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!"
10:18 He said to them, "I saw Satan having fallen like lightning from heaven.
10:19 Behold, I give you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy. Nothing will in any way hurt you.
10:20 Nevertheless, don't rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven."
|The revelation to the little children|
|11:25 At that time, Jesus answered, "I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you hid these things from the wise and understanding, and revealed them to infants.
11:26 Yes, Father, for so it was well-pleasing in your sight.
11:27 All things have been delivered to me by my Father. No one knows the Son, except the Father; neither does anyone know the Father, except the Son, and he to whom the Son desires to reveal him.
|10:21 In that same hour Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit, and said, "I thank you, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for so it was well-pleasing in your sight."
10:22 Turning to the disciples, he said, "All things have been delivered to me by my Father. No one knows who the Son is, except the Father, and who the Father is, except the Son, and he to whomever the Son desires to reveal him."
|"My yoke is light..."|
|11:28 "Come to me, all you who labor and are heavily burdened, and I will give you rest.
11:29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart; and you will find rest for your souls.
11:30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."
|"Blessed are your eyes that see these things..."|
|13:16 "But blessed are your eyes, for they see; and your ears, for they hear.
13:17 For most assuredly I tell you that many prophets and righteous men desired to see the things which you see, and didn't see them; and to hear the things which you hear, and didn't hear them.
|10:23 Turning to the disciples, he said privately, "Blessed are the eyes which see the things that you see,
10:24 for I tell you that many prophets and kings desired to see the things which you see, and didn't see them, and to hear the things which you hear, and didn't hear them."
|The good Samaritan|
|10:25 Behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested him, saying, "Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?"
10:26 He said to him, "What is written in the law? How do you read it?"
10:27 He answered, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself."
10:28 He said to him, "You have answered correctly. Do this, and you will live."
10:29 But he, desiring to justify himself, asked Jesus, "Who is my neighbor?"
10:30 Jesus answered, "A certain man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who both stripped him and beat him, and departed, leaving him half dead.
10:31 By chance a certain priest was going down that way. When he saw him, he passed by on the other side.
10:32 In the same way a Levite also, when he came to the place, and saw him, passed by on the other side.
10:33 But a certain Samaritan, as he traveled, came where he was. When he saw him, he was moved with compassion,
10:34 came to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. He set him on his own animal, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.
10:35 On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, and gave them to the host, and said to him, 'Take care of him. Whatever you spend beyond that, I will repay you when I return.'
10:36 Now which of these three do you think seemed to be a neighbor to him who fell among the robbers?"
10:37 He said, "He who showed mercy on him." Then Jesus said to him, "Go and do likewise."
|In Bethany, in the home of Mary and Martha|
|10:38 It happened as they went on their way, he entered into a certain village, and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house.
10:39 She had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus' feet, and heard his word.
10:40 But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she came up to him, and said, "Lord, don't you care that my sister left me to serve alone? Ask her therefore to help me."
10:41 Jesus answered her, "Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things,
10:42 but one thing is needed. Mary has chosen the good part, which will not be taken away from her."
|In Jerusalem, in the feast of the Tabernacles|
|The Jews and Moses' law|
|7:14 But when it was now the midst of the feast, Jesus went up into the temple and taught.
7:15 The Jews therefore marveled, saying, "How does this man know letters, having never been educated?"
7:16 Jesus therefore answered them, "My teaching is not mine, but his who sent me.
7:17 If anyone desires to do his will, he will know about the teaching, whether it is from God, or if I am speaking from myself.
7:18 He who speaks from himself seeks his own glory, but he who seeks the glory of him who sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him.
7:19 Didn't Moses give you the law, and yet none of you keeps the law? Why do you seek to kill me?"
7:20 The multitude answered, "You have a demon! Who seeks to kill you?"
7:21 Jesus answered them, "I did one work, and you all marvel because of it.
7:22 Moses has given you circumcision (not that it is of Moses, but of the fathers), and on the Sabbath you circumcise a boy.
7:23 If a boy receives circumcision on the Sabbath, that the law of Moses may not be broken, are you angry with me, because I made a man every bit whole on the Sabbath?
7:24 Don't judge according to appearance, but judge righteous judgment."
|Jesus, sent by the Father|
|7:25 Therefore some of them of Jerusalem said, "Isn't this he whom they seek to kill?
7:26 Behold, he speaks openly, and they say nothing to him. Can it be that the rulers indeed know that this is truly the Christ?
7:27 However we know where this man comes from, but when the Christ comes, no one will know where he comes from."
7:28 Jesus therefore cried out in the temple, teaching and saying, "You both know me, and know where I am from. I have not come of myself, but he who sent me is true, whom you don't know.
7:29 I know him, because I am from him, and he sent me."
7:30 They sought therefore to take him; but no one laid a hand on him, because his hour had not yet come.
|"You will seek me, and won't find me"|
|7:31 But of the multitude, many believed in him. They said, "When the Christ comes, he won't do more signs than those which this man has done, will he?"
7:32 The Pharisees heard the multitude murmuring these things concerning him, and the chief priests and the Pharisees sent officers to arrest him.
7:33 Then Jesus said, "I will be with you a little while longer, then I go to him who sent me.
7:34 You will seek me, and won't find me; and where I am, you can't come."
7:35 The Jews therefore said among themselves, "Where will this man go that we won't find him? Will he go to the Dispersion among the Greeks, and teach the Greeks?
7:36 What is this word that he said, 'You will seek me, and won't find me; and where I am, you can't come?'"
|"If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink!"|
|7:37 Now on the last and greatest day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink!
7:38 He who believes in me, as the Scripture has said, from within him will flow rivers of living water."
7:39 But he said this about the Spirit, which those believing in him were to receive. For the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus wasn't yet glorified.
|Opinions of the people about Jesus|
|7:40 Many of the multitude therefore, when they heard these words, said, "This is truly the prophet."
7:41 Others said, "This is the Christ." But some said, "What, does the Christ come out of Galilee?
7:42 Hasn't the Scripture said that the Christ comes of the seed of David, and from Bethlehem, the village where David was?"
7:43 So there arose a division in the multitude because of him.
7:44 Some of them would have arrested him, but no one laid hands on him.
7:45 The officers therefore came to the chief priests and Pharisees, and they said to them, "Why didn't you bring him?"
7:46 The officers answered, "No man ever spoke like this man!"
7:47 The Pharisees therefore answered them, "You aren't also led astray, are you?
7:48 Have any of the rulers believed in him, or of the Pharisees?
7:49 But this multitude that doesn't know the law is accursed."
7:50 Nicodemus (he who came to him by night, being one of them) said to them,
7:51 "Does our law judge a man, unless it first hears from him personally and knows what he does?"
7:52 They answered him, "Are you also from Galilee? Search, and see that no prophet has arisen out of Galilee."
7:53 Everyone went to his own house,
|The adulterous woman before Jesus "He who is without sin ..."|
|8:1 but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.
8:2 Now very early in the morning, he came again into the temple, and all the people came to him. He sat down, and taught them.
8:3 The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman taken in adultery. Having set her in the midst,
8:4 they told him, "Teacher, we found this woman in adultery, in the very act.
8:5 Now in our law, Moses commanded us to stone such. What then do you say about her?"
8:6 They said this testing him, that they might have something to accuse him of. But Jesus stooped down, and wrote on the ground with his finger.
8:7 But when they continued asking him, he looked up and said to them, "He who is without sin among you, let him throw the first stone at her."
8:8 Again he stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground.
8:9 They, when they heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went out one by one, beginning from the oldest, even to the last. Jesus was left alone with the woman where she was, in the middle.
8:10 Jesus, standing up, saw her and said, "Woman, where are your accusers? Did no one condemn you?"
8:11 She said, "No one, Lord." Jesus said, "Neither do I condemn you. Go your way. From now on, sin no more."
|More disputes with the pharisees in Jerusalem|
|Jesus, the light of the world|
|8:12 Again, therefore, Jesus spoke to them, saying, "I am the light of the world. He who follows me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the light of life."
8:13 The Pharisees therefore said to him, "You testify about yourself. Your testimony is not valid."
8:14 Jesus answered them, "Even if I testify about myself, my testimony is true, for I know where I came from, and where I am going; but you don't know where I came from, or where I am going.
8:15 You judge according to the flesh. I judge no one.
8:16 Even if I do judge, my judgment is true, for I am not alone, but I am with the Father who sent me.
8:17 It's also written in your law that the testimony of two people is valid.
8:18 I am one who testifies about myself, and the Father who sent me testifies about me."
8:19 They said therefore to him, "Where is your Father?" Jesus answered, "You know neither me, nor my Father. If you knew me, you would know my Father also."
8:20 Jesus spoke these words in the treasury, as he taught in the temple. Yet no one arrested him, because his hour had not yet come.
|The punishment of the unbelievers|
|8:21 Jesus said therefore again to them, "I am going away, and you will seek me, and you will die in your sins. Where I go, you can't come."
8:22 The Jews therefore said, "Will he kill himself, that he says, 'Where I am going, you can't come?'"
8:23 He said to them, "You are from beneath. I am from above. You are of this world. I am not of this world.
8:24 I said therefore to you that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am he, you will die in your sins."
8:25 They said therefore to him, "Who are you?" Jesus said to them, "Just what I have been saying to you from the beginning.
8:26 I have many things to speak and to judge concerning you. However he who sent me is true; and the things which I heard from him, these I say to the world."
8:27 They didn't understand that he spoke to them about the Father.
8:28 Jesus therefore said to them, "When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he, and I do nothing of myself, but as my Father taught me, I say these things.
8:29 He who sent me is with me. The Father hasn't left me alone, for I always do the things that are pleasing to him."
8:30 As he spoke these things, many believed in him.
|Who are Abraham's sons ?|
|8:31 Jesus therefore said to those Jews who had believed him, "If you remain in my word, then you are truly my disciples.
8:32 You will know the truth, and the truth will make you free."
8:33 They answered him, "We are Abraham's seed, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How do you say, 'You will be made free?'"
8:34 Jesus answered them, "Most assuredly I tell you, everyone who commits sin is the bondservant of sin.
8:35 A bondservant doesn't live in the house forever. A son remains forever.
8:36 If therefore the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.
8:37 I know that you are Abraham's seed, yet you seek to kill me, because my word finds no place in you.
8:38 I say the things which I have seen with my Father; and you also do the things which you have seen with your father."
8:39 They answered him, "Our father is Abraham." Jesus said to them, "If you were Abraham's children, you would do the works of Abraham.
8:40 But now you seek to kill me, a man who has told you the truth, which I heard from God. Abraham didn't do this.
8:41 You do the works of your father." They said to him, "We were not born of sexual immorality. We have one Father, God."
8:42 Therefore Jesus said to them, "If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came out and have come from God. For I haven't come of myself, but he sent me.
8:43 Why don't you understand my speech? Because you can't hear my word.
8:44 You are of your Father, the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and doesn't stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks on his own; for he is a liar, and the father of it.
8:45 But because I tell the truth, you don't believe me.
8:46 Which of you convicts me of sin? If I tell the truth, why do you not believe me?
8:47 He who is of God hears the words of God. For this cause you don't hear, because you are not of God."
|Jesus, before Abraham|
|8:48 Then the Jews answered him, "Don't we say well that you are a Samaritan, and have a demon?"
8:49 Jesus answered, "I don't have a demon, but I honor my Father, and you dishonor me.
8:50 But I don't seek my own glory. There is one who seeks and judges.
8:51 Most assuredly, I tell you, if a person keeps my word, he will never see death."
8:52 Then the Jews said to him, "Now we know that you have a demon. Abraham died, and the prophets; and you say, 'If a man keeps my word, he will never taste of death.'
8:53 Are you greater than our father, Abraham, who died? The prophets died. Who do you make yourself out to be?"
8:54 Jesus answered, "If I glorify myself, my glory is nothing. It is my Father who glorifies me, of whom you say that he is our God.
8:55 You have not known him, but I know him. If I said, 'I don't know him,' I would be like you, a liar. But I know him, and keep his word.
8:56 Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day. He saw it, and was glad."
8:57 The Jews therefore said to him, "You are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?"
8:58 Jesus said to them, "Most assuredly, I tell you, before Abraham came into existence, I AM."
8:59 Therefore they took up stones to throw at him, but Jesus was hidden, and went out of the temple, having gone through the midst of them, and so passed by.
|The man born blind|
|a. Healing on the Sabbath day|
|9:1 As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth.
9:2 His disciples asked him, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?"
9:3 Jesus answered, "Neither did this man sin, nor his parents; but, that the works of God might be revealed in him.
9:4 I must work the works of him who sent me, while it is day. The night is coming, when no one can work.
9:5 While I am in the world, I am the light of the world."
9:6 When he had said this, he spat on the ground, made mud with the saliva, anointed the blind man's eyes with the mud,
9:7 and said to him, "Go, wash in the pool of Siloam" (which means "Sent"). So he went away, washed, and came back seeing.
9:8 The neighbors therefore, and those who saw that he was blind before, said, "Isn't this he who sat and begged?"
9:9 Others were saying, "It is he." Still others were saying, "He looks like him." He said, "I am he."
9:10 They therefore were asking him, "How were your eyes opened?"
9:11 He answered, "A man called Jesus made mud, anointed my eyes, and said to me, 'Go to the pool of Siloam, and wash.' So I went away and washed, and I received sight."
9:12 Then they asked him, "Where is he?" He said, "I don't know."
|b. The cured man and his parents questioned|
|9:13 They brought him who had been blind to the Pharisees.
9:14 It was a Sabbath when Jesus made the mud and opened his eyes.
9:15 Again therefore the Pharisees also asked him how he received his sight. He said to them, "He put mud on my eyes, I washed, and I see."
9:16 Some therefore of the Pharisees said, "This man is not from God, because he doesn't keep the Sabbath." Others said, "How can a man who is a sinner do such signs?" There was division among them.
9:17 Therefore they asked the blind man again, "What do you say about him, because he opened your eyes?" He said, "He is a prophet."
9:18 The Jews therefore did not believe concerning him, that he had been blind, and had received his sight, until they called the parents of him who had received his sight,
9:19 and asked them, "Is this your son, who you say was born blind? How then does he now see?"
9:20 His parents answered them, "We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind;
9:21 but how he now sees, we don't know; or who opened his eyes, we don't know. He is of age. Ask him. He will speak for himself."
9:22 His parents said these things because they feared the Jews; for the Jews had already agreed that if any man would confess him as Christ, he would be put out of the synagogue.
9:23 Therefore his parents said, "He is of age. Ask him."
9:24 So they called the man who was blind a second time, and said to him, "Give glory to God. We know that this man is a sinner."
9:25 He therefore answered, "I don't know if he is a sinner. One thing I do know: that though I was blind, now I see."
9:26 They said to him again, "What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?"
9:27 He answered them, "I told you already, and you didn't listen. Why do you want to hear it again? You don't also want to become his disciples, do you?"
9:28 They insulted him and said, "You are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses.
9:29 We know that God has spoken to Moses. But as for this man, we don't know where he comes from."
9:30 The man answered them, "How amazing! You don't know where he comes from, yet he opened my eyes.
9:31 We know that God doesn't listen to sinners, but if anyone is a worshipper of God, and does his will, he listens to him.
9:32 Since the world began it has never been heard of that anyone opened the eyes of someone born blind.
9:33 If this man were not from God, he could do nothing."
9:34 They answered him, "You were altogether born in sins, and do you teach us?" They threw him out.
|c. The blindness of the pharisees|
|9:35 Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, and finding him, he said, "Do you believe in the Son of God?"
9:36 He answered, "Who is he, Lord, that I may believe in him?"
9:37 Jesus said to him, "You have both seen him, and it is he who speaks with you."
9:38 He said, "Lord, I believe!" and he worshiped him.
9:39 Jesus said, "I came into this world for judgment, that those who don't see may see; and that those who see may become blind."
9:40 Those of the Pharisees who were with him heard these things, and said to him, "Are we also blind?"
9:41 Jesus said to them, "If you were blind, you would have no sin; but now you say, 'We see.' Therefore your sin remains.
|Jesus, the good sheperd|
|10:1 "Most assuredly, I tell you, one who doesn't enter by the door into the sheep fold, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.
10:2 But one who enters in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.
10:3 The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name, and leads them out.
10:4 Whenever he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.
10:5 They will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him; for they don't know the voice of strangers."
10:6 Jesus spoke this parable to them, but they didn't understand what he was telling them.
10:7 Jesus therefore said to them again, "Most assuredly, I tell you, I am the sheep's door.
10:8 All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep didn't listen to them.
10:9 I am the door. If anyone enters in by me, he will be saved, and will go in and go out, and will find pasture.
10:10 The thief only comes to steal, kill, and destroy. I came that they may have life, and may have it abundantly.
10:11 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
10:12 He who is a hired hand, and not a shepherd, who doesn't own the sheep, sees the wolf coming, leaves the sheep, and flees. The wolf snatches the sheep, and scatters them.
10:13 The hired hand flees because he is a hired hand, and doesn't care for the sheep.
10:14 I am the good shepherd. I know my own, and I'm known by my own;
10:15 even as the Father knows me, and I know the Father. I lay down my life for the sheep.
10:16 I have other sheep, which are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will hear my voice. They will become one flock with one shepherd.
10:17 Therefore the Father loves me, because I lay down my life, that I may take it again.
10:18 No one takes it away from me, but I lay it down by myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. I received this commandment from my Father."
|The Jews debate about Jesus|
|10:19 Therefore a division arose again among the Jews because of these words.
10:20 Many of them said, "He has a demon, and is insane! Why do you listen to him?"
10:21 Others said, "These are not the sayings of one possessed by a demon. It isn't possible for a demon to open the eyes of the blind, is it?"
|Parable of the persistent friend|
|11:5 He said to them, "Which of you, if you go to a friend at midnight, and tell him, 'Friend, lend me three loaves of bread,
11:6 for a friend of mine has come to me from a journey, and I have nothing to set before him,'
11:7 and he from within will answer and say, 'Don't bother me. The door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed. I can't get up and give it to you'?
11:8 I tell you, although he will not rise and give it to him because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence, he will get up and give him as many as he needs.
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Hernán J. González
Buenos Aires, Argentina - March 2001
Last revision: 08/09/2001