Bible: Jn 10:10-18

10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill 1  and destroy; I have come so that they may have life, and may have it abundantly. 2 

10:11I am the good 3  shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life 4  for the sheep. 10:12 The hired hand, 5  who is not a shepherd and does not own sheep, sees the wolf coming and abandons 6  the sheep and runs away. 7  So the wolf attacks 8  the sheep and scatters them. 10:13 Because he is a hired hand and is not concerned about the sheep, 9  he runs away. 10 

10:14I am the good shepherd. I 11  know my own 12  and my own know me 10:15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father – and I lay down my life 13  for 14  the sheep. 10:16 I have 15  other sheep that do not come from 16  this sheepfold. 17  I must bring them too, and they will listen to my voice, 18  so that 19  there will be one flock and 20  one shepherd. 10:17 This is why the Father loves me 21 because I lay down my life, 22  so that I may take it back again. 10:18 No one takes it away from me, but I lay it down 23  of my own free will. 24  I have the authority 25  to lay it down, and I have the authority 26  to take it back again. This commandment 27  I received from my Father.”

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