11 ‘I am
the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the
12 The hired hand,
who is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep, sees the wolf
coming and leaves the sheep and runs away -- and the wolf snatches
them and scatters them.
13 The hired hand
runs away because a hired hand does not care for the sheep.
14 I am the good
shepherd. I know my own and my own know me,
15 just as the
Father knows me and I know the Father. And I lay down my life for
16 I have other
sheep that do not belong to this fold. I must bring them also, and
they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd.
17 For this reason
the Father loves me, because I lay down my life in order to take
it up again.
18 No 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 up again. I have received
this command from my Father.’