The Life and Teachings
of Jesus
A Restatement of the Gospels

86. “I Am the Good Shepherd” (continued)

        7So Jesus again said to them, “I am the door to the [Father's] sheepfold. 8All who seek to enter without me are thieves and robbers; and the sheep will not heed them. 9I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved, and will go in and find pasture. 10The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that you may have life, and have it more abundantly. 11I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12He who is a hireling and not a shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. 13He flees because he is a hireling and cares nothing for the sheep. 14I am the good shepherd; I know my own and my own know me, 15as the Father knows me and I the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16And I have other sheep, that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will heed my voice. So there shall be one flock, one shepherd. 17For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life safeguarding the sheep. But if I lay down my life I will take it up again. 18No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again; this charge I have received from my Father.”
        19There was again a division among the Jews because of these words. 20Many of them said, “He has a demon, and he is mad; why listen to him?” Others said, “These are not the sayings of one who has a demon. Can a devil open the eyes of the blind?” 42And many believed in him there.
        (Jn. 10:7–20, 42)

Jn. 10:7   them, “I / them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I (RSV) • door to the / door of the (RSV) • the [Father's] sheepfold. (Knox) / the sheep. (RSV)
Jn. 10:8   who seek to enter without me / who came before me (RSV) • and the sheep will not heed them. / but the sheep did not heed them. (RSV)
Jn. 10:9   in and / in and out and (RSV)
Jn. 10:10  I have come that / I came that (RSV) • that you may / that they may (RSV) • it more abundantly. (KJV) / it abundantly. (RSV)
Jn. 10:17  life safeguarding the sheep. But if I lay down my life I will take it up again. / life that I may take it up again. (RSV)   (165:2/1818–9)