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GOD'S WORD ® Translation
[Then Jesus said,] "I am the true vine, and my Father takes care of the vineyard.
He removes every one of my branches that doesn't produce fruit. He also prunes every branch that does produce fruit to make it produce more fruit.
"You are already clean because of what I have told you.
Live in me, and I will live in you. A branch cannot produce any fruit by itself. It has to stay attached to the vine. In the same way, you cannot produce fruit unless you live in me.
"I am the vine. You are the branches. Those who live in me while I live in them will produce a lot of fruit. But you can't produce anything without me.
Whoever doesn't live in me is thrown away like a branch and dries up. Branches like this are gathered, thrown into a fire, and burned.
If you live in me and what I say lives in you, then ask for anything you want, and it will be yours.
You give glory to my Father when you produce a lot of fruit and therefore show that you are my disciples.
"I have loved you the same way the Father has loved me. So live in my love.
If you obey my commandments, you will live in my love. I have obeyed my Father's commandments, and in that way I live in his love.
I have told you this so that you will be as joyful as I am, and your joy will be complete.
12Love each other as I have loved you. This is what I'm commanding you to do.
13The greatest love you can show is to give your life for your friends.
14You are my friends if you obey my commandments.
15I don't call you servants anymore, because a servant doesn't know what his master is doing. But I've called you friends because I've made known to you everything that I've heard from my Father.
16You didn't choose me, but I chose you. I have appointed you to go, to produce fruit that will last, and to ask the Father in my name to give you whatever you ask for.
17Love each other. This is what I'm commanding you to do.
18"If the world hates you, realize that it hated me before it hated you.
19If you had anything in common with the world, the world would love you as one of its own. But you don't have anything in common with the world. I chose you from the world, and that's why the world hates you.
20Remember what I told you: 'A servant isn't greater than his master.' If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they did what I said, they will also do what you say.
21Indeed, they will do all this to you because you are committed to me, since they don't know the one who sent me.
22If I hadn't come and spoken to them, they wouldn't have any sin. But now they have no excuse for their sin.
23The person who hates me also hates my Father.
24If I hadn't done among them what no one else has done, they wouldn't have any sin. But now they have seen and hated both me and my Father.
25In this way what is written in their Scriptures has come true: 'They hate me for no reason.'
26"The helper whom I will send to you from the Father will come. This helper, the Spirit of Truth who comes from the Father, will declare the truth about me.
27You will declare the truth, too, because you have been with me from the beginning."