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The Gospel according to Saint John, chapter 15, New English Translation and King James Version

Chapter 15

New English Translation


   The Vine and the Branches
   1 "I am the true vine and my Father is the gardener. 2 He takes away every branch that does not bear fruit in me. He prunes every branch that bears fruit so that it will bear more fruit. 3 You are clean already because of the word that I have spoken to you. 4 Remain in me, and I will remain in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it remains in the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in me.
   5 "I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in me - and I in him - bears much fruit, because apart from me you can accomplish nothing. 6 If anyone does not remain in me, he is thrown out like a branch, and dries up; and such branches are gathered up and thrown into the fire, and are burned up. 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you want, and it will be done for you. 8 My Father is honored by this, that you bear much fruit and show that you are my disciples.
   9 "Just as the Father has loved me, I have also loved you; remain in my love. 10 If you obey my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father's commandments and remain in his love. 11 I have told you these things so that my joy may be in you, and your joy may be complete. 12 My commandment is this - to love one another just as I have loved you. 13 No one has greater love than this - that one lays down his life for his friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command you. 15 I no longer call you slaves, because the slave does not understand what his master is doing. But I have called you friends, because I have revealed to you everything I heard from my Father. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that remains, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you. 17 This I command you - to love one another.
   The World's Hatred
   18 "If the world hates you, be aware that it hated me first. 19 If you belonged to the world, the world would love you as its own. However, because you do not belong to the world, but I chose you out of the world, for this reason the world hates you. 20 Remember what I told you, 'A slave is not greater than his master.' If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they obeyed my word, they will obey yours too. 21 But they will do all these things to you on account of my name, because they do not know the one who sent me. 22 If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin. But they no longer have any excuse for their sin. 23 The one who hates me hates my Father too. 24 If I had not performed among them the miraculous deeds that no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin. But now they have seen the deeds and have hated both me and my Father. 25 Now this happened to fulfill the word that is written in their law, 'They hated me without reason.' 26 When the Advocate comes, whom I will send you from the Father - the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father - he will testify about me, 27 and you also will testify, because you have been with me from the beginning.

King James Version


   1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.
   2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.
   3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.
   4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
   5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
   6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.
   7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
   8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.
   9 As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.
   10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love.
   11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.
   12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.
   13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
   14 Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.
   15 Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.
   16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.
   17 These things I command you, that ye love one another.
   18 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.
   19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
   20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep your's also.
   21 But all these things will they do unto you for my name's sake, because they know not him that sent me.
   22 If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloke for their sin.
   23 He that hateth me hateth my Father also.
   24 If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father.
   25 But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause.
   26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:
   27 And ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning.
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