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.
Makiyayi da garkensa
1“Gaskiya nake gaya muku, mutumin da bai shiga inda ake ajiye garken tumaki ta ƙofa ba, amma ya hau ta katanga, ɓarawo ne, ɗan fashi kuma. 2Mutumin da ya shiga ta ƙofa makiyayin tumakinsa ne. 3Mai gadin yakan buɗe wa makiyayin ƙofa, tumakin kuma sukan saurari muryarsa. Yakan kira tumakinsa da suna, yă kuma fid da su waje. 4Sa’ad da ya fitar da dukan nasa waje, sai ya ja gabansu, tumakinsa kuma sukan bi shi domin sun san muryarsa. 5Amma ba za su taɓa bin baƙo ba; sai dai ma su guje masa don ba su san muryar baƙo ba.” 6Yesu ya yi musu wannan misali, amma ba su fahimci abin da yake faɗa musu ba.
7Saboda haka Yesu ya sāke cewa, “Gaskiya nake gaya muku, ni ne ƙofar tumakin. 8Duk waɗanda suka riga ni zuwa ɓarayi ne, ’yan fashi kuma, amma tumakin ba su saurare su ba. 9Ni ne ƙofar; duk wanda ya shiga ta wurina zai sami ceto. Zai riƙa shiga yă fita yă kuwa sami wurin kiwo. 10Ɓarawo yakan zo don yă yi sata ne kawai da kisa da kuma ɓarna. Ni kuwa na zo ne don su sami rai, su kuma same shi a yalwace.
11“Ni ne makiyayi mai kyau. Makiyayi mai kyau yakan ba da ransa domin tumakin. 12Wanda aka ɗauko haya ba shi ne makiyayi mai tumakin ba. Saboda haka sa’ad da ya ga kyarkeci yana zuwa, sai yă sheƙa da gudu yă bar tumakin. Sai kyarkecin yă kai wa garken hari, yă kuma watsar da su. 13Mutumin yakan gudu don shi ɗan haya ne kawai, bai kuwa damu da tumakin ba.
14“Ni ne makiyayi mai kyau; na san tumakina, tumakina kuma sun san ni, 15kamar yadda Uba ya san ni, ni kuma na san Uba, ina kuwa ba da raina domin tumakin. 16Ina da waɗansu tumaki da ba na wannan garken ba ne. Dole ne in kawo su su ma. Za su saurari muryata, za su kasance garke guda ɗaya, makiyayi guda kuma. 17Abin da ya sa Ubana yake ƙaunata ke nan, domin ina ba da raina, in ɗauko shi kuma. 18Ba mai karɓe mini rai, ina dai ba da shi. Ina da iko in ba da shi, ina da iko in ɗauko shi kuma. Wannan umarni kuwa daga wurin Ubana na karɓo shi.”
19Saboda waɗannan kalmomi fa, sai ɓaraka ta sāke shiga cikin Yahudawa. 20Da yawa daga cikinsu suka ce, “Yana da aljani, yana kuma hauka. Don me za ku saurare shi?”
21Amma waɗansu suka ce, “Kai, waɗannan kalmomi ba na mai aljani ba ne. Anya, aljani yana iya buɗe idanun makaho?”
Rashin bangaskiyar Yahudawa
22Bikin Miƙawa10.22 Wato, Hanukka a Urushalima ya kewayo, lokacin sanyin hunturu ne kuwa. 23Sai ga Yesu a filin haikali yana zagawa a Shirayin Solomon, 24sai Yahudawa suka taru kewaye da shi, suka ce masa, “Har yaushe za ka bar mu da shakka? In kai ne Kiristin, ka faɗa mana a fili mana.”
25Yesu ya amsa ya ce, “Na faɗa muku, amma ba ku gaskata ba. Ayyukan da nake yi cikin sunan Ubana su suke nuna ko wane ne ni. 26Amma ba ku gaskata ba domin ku ba tumakina ba ne. 27Tumakina sukan saurari muryata; na sansu, suna kuma bi na. 28Ina ba su rai madawwami, ba za su taɓa hallaka ba; ba kuma mai ƙwace su daga hannuna. 29Ubana, wanda ya ba ni su, ya fi duka girma, ba mai ƙwace su daga hannun Ubana. 30Da ni da Uba ɗaya ne.”
31Sai Yahudawa suka sāke ɗebo duwatsu don su jajjefe shi, 32amma Yesu ya ce musu, “Na nuna muku ayyukan alheri masu yawa da Uba ya aiko ni in yi, a kan wanne kuke so ku jajjefe ni?”
33Yahudawa suka amsa suka ce, “Ai, ba don wani daga cikin waɗannan ayyukan alheri ne muke so mu jajjefe ka ba, amma don saɓon da kake yi, kai da kake mutum kawai, kana mai da kanka Allah.”
34Yesu ya amsa musu ya ce, “Ba a rubuce yake a cikin Dokarku ba cewa, ‘Na ce ku alloli ne’10.34 Zab 82.6? 35Mun dai san Nassi ba ya ƙarya, In har ya kira su waɗanda maganar Allah ta zo musu, ‘alloli,’ 36to, game da wanda Uba ya keɓe a matsayin nasa ne ya kuma aiko shi duniya. Don me kuke ce saɓo nake, domin na ce, ‘Ni Ɗan Allah ne?’ 37In ba ayyukan da Ubana yake yi ne nake yi ba, to, kada ku gaskata ni. 38Amma in su nake yi, ko ba ku gaskata ni ba, to, ku gaskata ayyukan, don ku sani, ku kuma gane, Uban yana cikina, ni kuma ina cikin Uban.” 39Sai suka sāke yin ƙoƙari su kama shi, amma ya kuɓuce musu.
40Sa’an nan Yesu ya sāke koma ƙetaren Urdun inda dā Yohanna yake baftisma. A can ya zauna 41mutane da yawa suka zo wurinsa. Suka ce, “Ko da yake Yohanna bai yi wani abin banmamaki ba, duk abubuwan da Yohanna ya faɗa game da mutumin nan gaskiya ne.” 42A nan kuwa mutane da yawa suka gaskata da Yesu.