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967 John 15, 16 “I am the true vine, and my Fa­t her they ­obeyed my teach­i ng, they will obey is the gar­den­er. 2 He cuts off ev­ery ­yours also. 21 They will ­t reat you this ­branch in me that ­bears no ­f ruit, ­w hile way be­c ause of my name, for they do not ev­ery ­branch that does bear ­f ruit he know the one who sent me. 22 If I had not ­prunes a so that it will be even more fruit­ come and spo­ken to them, they ­would ful. 3 You are al­ready ­clean be­cause of the not be ­g uilty of sin; but now they have word I have spo­ken to you. 4 Re­main in no ex­c use for ­t heir sin. 23 Who­e ver hates me, as I also re­main in you. No ­branch me hates my Fa­t her as well. 24 If I had not can bear ­f ruit by it­self; it must re­main in done ­a mong them the ­works no one else the vine. Nei­t her can you bear ­f ruit un­ did, they ­would not be ­g uilty of sin. As it is, they have seen, and yet they have hat­ less you re­main in me. 5 “I am the vine; you are the branch­e s. ed both me and my Fa­t her. 25 But this is to If you re­main in me and I in you, you will ful­f ill what is writ­ten in ­t heir Law: ‘They bear much ­f ruit; ­apart from me you can hat­ed me with­out rea­son.’ c 26 “When the Ad­v o­c ate ­c omes, whom do noth­i ng. 6 If you do not re­main in me, you are like a ­branch that is ­t hrown away I will send to you from the Fa­t her — ​t he and with­ers; such branch­es are ­picked Spir­it of ­t ruth who goes out from the Fa­ up, ­t hrown into the fire and ­burned. 7 If ther — ​he will tes­t i­f y ­about me. 27 And you re­main in me and my ­words re­main you also must tes­t i­f y, for you have been in you, ask what­e v­er you wish, and it will with me from the be­g in­n ing. “All this I have told you so that you be done for you. 8 This is to my Fa­t her’s glo­r y, that you bear much ­f ruit, show­i ng will not fall away. 2 They will put you out of the syn­a­gogue; in fact, the time is your­selves to be my dis­c i­ples. 9 “As the Fa­t her has ­loved me, so have com­i ng when any­one who kills you will I ­loved you. Now re­main in my love. 10 If ­t hink they are of­fer­i ng a ser­v ice to God. you keep my com­mands, you will re­ 3 They will do such ­t hings be­c ause they main in my love, just as I have kept my have not ­k nown the Fa­t her or me. 4 I have Fa­t her’s com­mands and re­main in his told you this, so that when ­t heir time love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy ­comes you will re­mem­ber that I ­w arned may be in you and that your joy may be you ­about them. I did not tell you this com­plete. 12 My com­mand is this: Love from the be­g in­n ing be­c ause I was with each oth­er as I have ­loved you. 13 Great­ you, 5 but now I am go­i ng to him who sent er love has no one than this: to lay down me. None of you asks me, ‘Where are you ­one’s life for ­one’s ­f riends. 14 You are my go­i ng?’ 6 Rath­er, you are ­f illed with ­g rief ­f riends if you do what I com­mand. 15 I be­c ause I have said ­t hese ­t hings. 7 But no lon­ger call you ser­v ants, be­c ause a very tru­ly I tell you, it is for your good that ser­v ant does not know his mas­ter’s busi­ I am go­i ng away. Un­less I go away, the ness. In­stead, I have ­c alled you ­f riends, Ad­vo­c ate will not come to you; but if I go, for ev­ery­t hing that I ­learned from my I will send him to you. 8 When he ­comes, Fa­t her I have made ­k nown to you. 16 You he will ­prove the ­world to be in the ­w rong did not ­choose me, but I ­chose you and ­about sin and righ­teous­ness and judg­ ap­point­ed you so that you ­m ight go and ment: 9 about sin, be­c ause peo­ple do not bear ­f ruit — ​­f ruit that will last — ​a nd so be­l ieve in me; 10 about righ­teous­ness, be­ that what­e v­er you ask in my name the cause I am go­i ng to the Fa­t her, ­w here you Fa­t her will give you. 17 This is my com­ can see me no lon­ger; 11 and ­about judg­ mand: Love each oth­er. ment, be­c ause the ­prince of this ­world 18 “If the ­w orld ­h ates you, keep in mind now ­s tands con­demned. 12 “I have much more to say to you, that it hat­ed me ­f irst. 19 If you be­longed to the ­world, it ­would love you as its own. more than you can now bear. 13 But As it is, you do not be­long to the ­world, when he, the Spir­it of ­t ruth, ­comes, he but I have cho­sen you out of the ­world. will ­g uide you into all the ­t ruth. He will That is why the ­world ­hates you. 20 Re­ not ­speak on his own; he will ­speak only mem­ber what I told you: ‘A ser­v ant is not what he h ­ ears, and he will tell you what is great­er than his mas­ter.’ b If they per­se­ yet to come. 14 He will glo­r i­f y me be­c ause cut­ed me, they will per­se­c ute you also. If it is from me that he will re­ceive what he

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The Greek for he prunes also means he cleans.    b 20  John 13:16    c 25  Psalms 35:19; 69:4   

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