The Good Shepherd and His Sheep
1“Very truly I tell you Pharisees, anyone who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. 2The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. 3The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. 5But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.” 6Jesus used this figure of speech, but the Pharisees did not understand what he was telling them.
7Therefore Jesus said again, “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. 8All who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them. 9I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved.10:9 Or kept safe They will come in and go out, and find pasture. 10The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
11“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. 13The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.
14“I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— 15just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd. 17The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again. 18No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.”
19The Jews who heard these words were again divided. 20Many of them said, “He is demon-possessed and raving mad. Why listen to him?”
21But others said, “These are not the sayings of a man possessed by a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?”
Further Conflict Over Jesus’ Claims
22Then came the Festival of Dedication10:22 That is, Hanukkah at Jerusalem. It was winter, 23and Jesus was in the temple courts walking in Solomon’s Colonnade. 24The Jews who were there gathered around him, saying, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.”
25Jesus answered, “I did tell you, but you do not believe. The works I do in my Father’s name testify about me, 26but you do not believe because you are not my sheep. 27My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 28I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all10:29 Many early manuscripts What my Father has given me is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. 30I and the Father are one.”
31Again his Jewish opponents picked up stones to stone him, 32but Jesus said to them, “I have shown you many good works from the Father. For which of these do you stone me?”
33“We are not stoning you for any good work,” they replied, “but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God.”
34Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I have said you are “gods” ’10:34 Psalm 82:6? 35If he called them ‘gods,’ to whom the word of God came—and Scripture cannot be set aside— 36what about the one whom the Father set apart as his very own and sent into the world? Why then do you accuse me of blasphemy because I said, ‘I am God’s Son’? 37Do not believe me unless I do the works of my Father. 38But if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me, and I in the Father.” 39Again they tried to seize him, but he escaped their grasp.
40Then Jesus went back across the Jordan to the place where John had been baptizing in the early days. There he stayed, 41and many people came to him. They said, “Though John never performed a sign, all that John said about this man was true.” 42And in that place many believed in Jesus.
Odwanhwɛfoɔ Pa No
1“Mereka nokorɛ akyerɛ mo, onipa biara a ɔmfa nnwammuo ɛkwan ano na ɔforo kɔ mu no yɛ owifoɔ. 2Onipa a ɔfa ɛkwan ano kɔ mu no ne odwanhwɛfoɔ no. 3Ɛpono no anohwɛfoɔ no bue ɛpono no ma no, na sɛ ɔfrɛ nnwan no nso a, wɔte ne nne ma ɔde wɔn firi adi. 4Sɛ ɔde wɔn firi adi a, ɔdi nnwan no anim na nnwan no nso di nʼakyi, ɛfiri sɛ, wɔte ne nne. 5Wɔrenni onipa foforɔ biara akyi. Na sɛ ɔfrɛ wɔn a, wɔremma, ɛfiri sɛ, wɔnte ne nne.” 6Yesu buu wɔn saa bɛ yi nanso nnipa no ante no ase.
7Yesu ka kyerɛɛ wɔn bio sɛ, “Mereka nokorɛ akyerɛ mo sɛ, mene nnwammuo no ano ɛpono no. 8Wɔn a wɔdii mʼanim kane no yɛ awifoɔ ne adwotwafoɔ, ɛno enti, nnwan no ante wɔn nne, anni wɔn akyi. 9Mene ɛpono no. Obiara a ɔnam me so bɛwura mu no bɛnya nkwa; wɔbɛwura mu asane afiri adi na wɔbɛnya adidibea. 10Owifoɔ ba a, ɔbɛwia anaasɛ ɔbɛdi awu anaasɛ ɔbɛsɛe adeɛ. Me deɛ, maba, sɛdeɛ ɛbɛyɛ a mobɛnya nkwa a ɛho nni asɛm biara.
11“Mene odwanhwɛfoɔ pa no. Odwanhwɛfoɔ pa no ne obi a ɔtumi de ne nkwa to hɔ ma ne nnwan. 12Obi a wɔabɔ no paa sɛ ɔnhwɛ nnwan so no nyɛ nnwan no wura ɛno enti, sɛ ɔhunu sɛ pataku reba a, ɔdwane gya nnwan no hɔ, na pataku no to hyɛ nnwan no so ma wɔbɔ pete. 13Ɔpaani no dwane ɛfiri sɛ, wɔabɔ no paa, na nnwan no yiedie mfa ne ho.
14“Mene odwanhwɛfoɔ pa no. Menim me nnwan na me nnwan nso nim me, 15sɛdeɛ Agya no nim me na me nso menim Agya no. Masiesie me ho nso sɛ mɛwu ama nnwan no. 16Nnwan afoforɔ bi wɔ hɔ a wɔyɛ me dea nanso wɔnnya mmɛkaa saa nnwankuo yi ho. Ɛsɛ sɛ mede wɔn nso bɛka saa nnwankuo yi ho. Wɔbɛtie me nne na wɔbɛyɛ nnwankuo baako a odwanhwɛfoɔ baako pɛ na ɔhwɛ wɔn so. 17Agya no dɔ me ɛfiri sɛ, masiesie me ho sɛ mede me nkwa bɛto hɔ sɛdeɛ ɛbɛyɛ a daakye me nsa bɛka bio. 18Obiara rentumi nnye me nkwa mfiri me nsam. Me ara me pɛ mu na mede bɛma. Mewɔ tumi sɛ mede ma na mewɔ tumi nso sɛ mesane gye bio. Yei ne deɛ mʼAgya ahyɛ me sɛ menyɛ no.”
19Asɛm a Yesu kaeɛ no enti, ɛmaa mpaapaemu baa Yudafoɔ no mu. 20Wɔn mu pii kaa sɛ, “Ɔwɔ honhommɔne! Nʼadwene mu ka no! Adɛn enti na motie no?”
21Afoforɔ nso kaa sɛ, “Onipa a ɔwɔ honhommɔne rentumi nkasa sei! Ɛbɛyɛ dɛn na obi a ɔwɔ honhommɔne bɛtumi ama onifirani ahunu adeɛ?”
Yudafoɔ Nnye Yesu Nni
22Awɔberɛ bi mu a Asɔredandwira duruu wɔ Yerusalem no, 23Yesu kɔpasee asɔredan no mu baabi a wɔfrɛ no Salomo Abrannaa no so hɔ. 24Yudafoɔ no bɛtwaa ne ho hyiaeɛ kaa sɛ, “Wobɛma yɛatwɛn akɔsi da bɛn? Sɛ wone Kristo no a, pae mu ka kyerɛ yɛn.”
25Yesu ka kyerɛɛ wɔn sɛ, “Maka akyerɛ mo dada, nanso monnnye me nni. Me nnwuma a menam mʼAgya tumi mu yɛ no di me ho adanseɛ, 26nanso monnnye nni, ɛfiri sɛ, monnyɛ me nnwan. 27Me nnwan te me nne, me nso menim wɔn na wɔdi mʼakyi. 28Mema wɔn nkwa a ɛnni awieeɛ a wɔrenwu da, na obi rentumi nnye wɔn mfiri me nsam. 29MʼAgya a ɔde wɔn maa me no wɔ tumi sene obiara, na obiara rentumi nnye wɔn mfiri me nsam. 30Me ne Agya no yɛ baako.”
31Yudafoɔ no sane tasee aboɔ sɛ anka wɔde rebɛsi no. 32Yesu ka kyerɛɛ wɔn sɛ, “Mayɛ nnwuma pa pii a Agya no de hyɛɛ me nsa sɛ menyɛ no ama moahunu, na emu deɛ ɛwɔ he ho enti na mopɛ sɛ mosi me aboɔ yi?”
33Yudafoɔ no buaa no sɛ, “Ɛnyɛ wo nnwuma pa bi a woayɛ no enti na yɛpɛ sɛ yɛsi wo aboɔ, na mmom, wʼabususɛm a wokaeɛ no enti. Woyɛ onipa dasani nso woyɛ wo ho sɛ Onyankopɔn!”
34Yesu buaa wɔn sɛ, “Wɔatwerɛ wɔ mo ara ankasa mo mmara mu sɛ, Onyankopɔn kaa sɛ, ‘Moyɛ anyame.’ 35Ɛno enti, sɛ Onyankopɔn nam anyamesɛm a ɛyɛ nokorɛ so frɛ wɔn a Onyankopɔn asɛm baa wɔn nkyɛn no sɛ ‘anyame’ a, 36ɛyɛ dɛn na sɛ deɛ Agya no somaa no baa ewiase no ka sɛ, mene Onyankopɔn Ba no a mose waka abususɛm? 37Sɛ menyɛ nnwuma a mʼAgya pɛ sɛ meyɛ no deɛ a, ɛnneɛ monnnye me nni. 38Nanso, sɛ meyɛ mʼAgya no nnwuma na sɛ monnye me nni mpo a, monnye nnwuma no nni sɛdeɛ ɛbɛyɛ a, mobɛgye adi sɛ Agya no wɔ me mu na me nso mewɔ ne mu.” 39Nkurɔfoɔ no pɛɛ sɛ wɔkyere no bio, nanso wɔantumi.
40Yesu sane tware kɔɔ Yordan agya wɔ faako a Yohane bɔ asu no kɔtenaa hɔ. 41Nnipa bebree kɔɔ ne nkyɛn. Wɔn mu dodoɔ no ara kaa sɛ, “Yohane anyɛ anwanwadeɛ, nanso biribiara a ɔka faa saa ɔbarima yi ho no yɛ nokorɛ.” 42Nnipa a wɔwɔ hɔ no mu bebree gyee no diiɛ.