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.
Mũrĩithi na Rũũru Rwake
1“Ngũmwĩra atĩrĩ na ma, mũndũ ũrĩa ũtatoonyaga gĩcegũ kĩa ngʼondu agereire kĩhingo-inĩ, no akahaicĩra handũ hangĩ-rĩ, ũcio nĩ mũici na nĩ mũtunyani. 2Mũndũ ũrĩa ũtoonyaga na kĩhingo nĩwe mũrĩithi wa ngʼondu ciake. 3Mũrangĩri nĩamũhingũragĩra kĩhingo, nacio ngʼondu nĩithikagĩrĩria mũgambo wake. Eetaga ngʼondu ciake na marĩĩtwa, na agaciumagaria. 4Aarĩkia kuumia iria irĩ ciake ciothe-rĩ, acitongoragia, nacio ngʼondu ciake ikamũrũmĩrĩra, tondũ nĩciũĩ mũgambo wake. 5No itirĩ hĩndĩ ingĩrũmĩrĩra mũgeni; ũrĩa kũrĩ nĩ atĩ nĩikũmũũrĩra, tondũ itiũĩ mũgambo wa mũgeni.” 610:6 Mar 9:32Jesũ aahũthĩrire ngerekano ĩyo, no matiigana gũtaũkĩrwo nĩ ũrĩa aameeraga.
7Nĩ ũndũ ũcio Jesũ akiuga o rĩngĩ atĩrĩ, “Ngũmwĩra atĩrĩ na ma, Niĩ nĩ niĩ kĩhingo kĩa ngʼondu. 810:8 Jer 23:1, 2; Joh 10:1Arĩa othe mookire mbere yakwa maarĩ aici na atunyani, no ngʼondu itiigana kũmathikĩrĩria. 9Niĩ nĩ niĩ kĩhingo; ũrĩa wothe ũtoonyagĩra harĩ niĩ nĩakahonoka. Agaatoonyaga na akoima, na onage gĩa kũrĩa. 10Mũici okaga tu nĩgeetha aiye, na orage, na anange; niĩ njũkĩte nĩguo magĩe na muoyo, na magĩe naguo kũna.
1110:11 Isa 40:11; Ahib 13:20“Niĩ nĩ niĩ mũrĩithi ũrĩa mwega. Mũrĩithi ũrĩa mwega arutaga muoyo wake nĩ ũndũ wa ngʼondu. 1210:12 Ezek 11:16-17Mũrĩithi wa mũcaara tiwe mũrĩithi ũrĩa mwene ngʼondu. Nĩ ũndũ ũcio rĩrĩa ona njũũi ĩgĩũka, atiganagĩria ngʼondu, akoora. Hĩndĩ ĩyo nayo njũũi ĩgatharĩkĩra rũũru, ĩkarũhurunja. 13Mũndũ ũcio oraga tondũ we nĩ wa kwandĩkwo, na ndarũmbũyanagia na ũhoro wa ngʼondu.
14“Niĩ nĩ niĩ mũrĩithi ũrĩa mwega; nĩnjũũĩ ngʼondu ciakwa, nacio ngʼondu ciakwa nĩcinjũũĩ, 1510:15 Math 11:27o ta ũrĩa Baba anjũũĩ, na niĩ ngamenya Baba, na nĩndutĩte muoyo wakwa nĩ ũndũ wa ngʼondu. 1610:16 Isa 56:8; Aef 2:11-19Ndĩ na ngʼondu ingĩ iria itarĩ cia gĩcegũ gĩkĩ. No nginya o nacio ndĩcirehe. O nacio nĩigathikĩrĩria mũgambo wakwa, na gũgaakorwo na rũũru rũmwe, na mũrĩithi ũmwe. 17Gĩtũmi kĩa Baba kũnyenda nĩ ũndũ nĩndutĩte muoyo wakwa nĩgeetha njooke ndĩwoe rĩngĩ. 1810:18 Joh 15:10Gũtirĩ mũndũ ũngĩndunya guo, no niĩ ngũũruta na kwĩyendera. Ndĩ na ũhoti wa kũũruta, o na ũhoti wa kũwoya rĩngĩ. Watho ũyũ ndaamũkĩrire kuuma kũrĩ Baba.”
19Maigua ciugo icio, Ayahudi makĩamũkana o rĩngĩ. 20Aingĩ ao makiuga atĩrĩ, “Mũndũ ũyũ arĩ na ndaimono na akagũrũka. Mũkũmũthikĩrĩria nĩkĩ?”
2110:21 Thaam 4:11; Joh 9:32, 33No angĩ makiuga atĩrĩ, “Ĩno ti mĩario ya mũndũ ũrĩ na ndaimono. Ndaimono no ĩhingũre maitho ma mũtumumu?”
Kwaga gwĩtĩkia kwa Ayahudi
22Ningĩ gũkĩgĩa na Gĩathĩ gĩa Kwamũrwo kũu Jerusalemu. Kwarĩ kĩmera kĩa heho, 2310:23 Atũm 3:11; 5:12nake Jesũ aarĩ hekarũ-inĩ agĩceraceera gĩthaku-inĩ gĩa Solomoni. 2410:24 Joh 1:19; Luk 22:67Nao Ayahudi makĩmũrigiicĩria makĩmwĩra atĩrĩ, “Ũgũtũũra ũtũigĩte na nganja nginya rĩ? Angĩkorwo nĩwe Kristũ-rĩ, twĩre ũtekũhitha.”
2510:25 Joh 5:36Nake Jesũ akĩmacookeria atĩrĩ, “Nĩndĩmwĩrĩte, no mũtiĩtĩkagia. Ciama iria ningaga na rĩĩtwa rĩa Baba nĩcinjaragĩrĩria, 2610:26 Joh 8:47no inyuĩ mũtiĩtĩkagia tondũ mũtirĩ ngʼondu ciakwa. 2710:27 Joh 10:14; Joh 10:4Ngʼondu ciakwa nĩithikagĩrĩria mũgambo wakwa; nĩndĩciũĩ, nacio nĩcinũmagĩrĩra. 28Nĩndĩciheaga muoyo wa tene na tene, na gũtirĩ hĩndĩ ikoora; gũtirĩ mũndũ o na ũmwe ũngĩcigutha kuuma moko-inĩ makwa. 2910:29 Joh 17:26Baba ũrĩa waheire cio, nĩ mũnene kũrĩ othe; gũtirĩ mũndũ ũngĩcigutha kuuma moko-inĩ ma Baba. 3010:30 Joh 17:21-23Niĩ na Baba tũrĩ ũmwe.”
3110:31 Joh 8:59O rĩngĩ Ayahudi makĩoya mahiga nĩguo mamũhũũre namo nyuguto, 32nake Jesũ akĩmeera atĩrĩ, “Nĩndĩmuonetie ciama nyingĩ nene kuuma kũrĩ Baba. Nĩ kĩama kĩrĩkũ gĩacio mũrenda kũũhũrĩra na mahiga nyuguto?”
3310:33 Joh 5:18Nao Ayahudi makĩmũcookeria atĩrĩ, “Tũtirakũhũũra na mahiga nyuguto nĩ ũndũ wa o na kĩmwe gĩacio, no nĩ ũndũ wa kũruma Ngai, tondũ wĩtuĩte Ngai na wee ũrĩ o mũndũ.”
3410:34 Thab 82:6Nake Jesũ akĩmacookeria atĩrĩ, “Githĩ gũtiandĩkĩtwo Watho-inĩ wanyu atĩrĩ, ‘Ndoigire inyuĩ mũrĩ ngai’? 35Angĩkorwo aametire ‘ngai’, o acio kiugo kĩa Ngai gĩokire kũrĩ o, (na Maandĩko matheru matingĩaga kũhingio) 3610:36 Joh 3:17; Joh 5:17, 18ĩ mũndũ ũrĩa Baba aamũrire arĩ wake kũna na akĩmũtũma gũkũ thĩ, ũhoro wake nĩ atĩa? Mũragĩĩthitanga nĩkĩ atĩ nĩndaruma Ngai tondũ nĩndoiga, ‘Ndĩ Mũrũ wa Ngai’? 37Ingĩaga gwĩka ũrĩa Baba ekaga mũtikanjĩtĩkie. 3810:38 Joh 14:10, 11No o na ingĩĩka ũrĩa ekaga-rĩ, o na gũtuĩka mũtinjĩtĩkĩtie, ĩtĩkiai ciama icio, nĩguo mũmenye na mũtaũkĩrwo atĩ Baba arĩ thĩinĩ wakwa, na niĩ ndĩ thĩinĩ wa Baba.” 3910:39 Joh 7:30; Joh 8:59Na o rĩngĩ makĩgeria kũmũnyiita, nowe akĩĩhonokia kuuma moko-inĩ mao.
40Ningĩ Jesũ agĩcooka mũrĩmo ũũrĩa ũngĩ wa Jorodani, harĩa Johana aabatithanagĩria matukũ-inĩ ma mbere. Agiĩkara kũu, 41nao andũ aingĩ magĩũka kũrĩ we. Nao makiuga atĩrĩ, “O na gũtuĩka Johana ndarĩ kĩama aaringire, ũhoro ũrĩa wothe Johana oigire ũkoniĩ mũndũ ũyũ warĩ wa ma.” 42Na andũ aingĩ a kũu magĩĩtĩkia Jesũ.