NASB — John 15 — KJV

Jesus Is the Vine—Followers Are Branches

1 aI am the true vine, and My Father is the bvinedresser. 2 Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every [branch] that bears fruit, He Iprunes it so that it may bear more fruit. 3 aYou are already Iclean because of the word which I have spoken to you. 4 aAbide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit Iof itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither [can] you unless you abide in Me. 5 I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he abears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not abide in Me, he is athrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned. 7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, aask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 My aFather is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and [so] Ibprove to be My disciples. 9 Just as athe Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love. 10 aIf you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as bI have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. 11 aThese things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and [that] your bjoy may be made full.

[1] aPs 80:8ff; Is 5:1ff; Ezk 19:10ff; Mt 21:33ff bMt 15:13; Ro 11:17; 1Co 3:9
[2] ILit cleans; used to describe pruning
[3] II.e. pruned like a branch aJn 13:10; 17:17; Ep 5:26
[4] ILit from aJn 6:56; 15:4-7; 1 Jn 2:6
[5] aJn 15:16
[6] aJn 15:2
[7] aMt 7:7; Jn 15:16
[8] IOr become My disciples aMt 5:16 bJn 8:31
[9] aJn 3:35; 17:23, 24, 26
[10] aJn 14:15 bJn 8:29
[11] aJn 17:13 bJn 3:29

Disciples’ Relation to Each Other

12“This is aMy commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you. 13 aGreater love has no one than this, that one blay down his life for his friends. 14 You are My afriends if byou do what I command you. 15 No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for aall things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you. 16 aYou did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bbear fruit, and [that] your fruit would remain, so that cwhatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you. 17 This aI command you, that you love one another.

[12] aJn 13:34; 15:17; 1 Jn 3:23; 2 Jn 5
[13] aRo 5:7f bJn 10:11
[14] aLk 12:4 bMt 12:50
[15] aJn 8:26; 16:12
[16] aJn 6:70; 13:18; 15:19 bJn 15:5 cJn 14:13; 15:7; 16:23
[17] aJn 15:12

Disciples’ Relation to the World

18aIf the world hates you, Iyou know that it has hated Me before [it hated] you. 19 If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but aI chose you out of the world, bbecause of this the world hates you. 20 Remember the word that I said to you, ‘aA slave is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, bthey will also persecute you; if they ckept My word, they will keep yours also. 21 But all these things they will do to you afor My name’s sake, bbecause they do not know the One who sent Me. 22 aIf I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have Isin, but now they have no excuse for their sin. 23 He who hates Me hates My Father also. 24 aIf I had not done among them bthe works which no one else did, they would not have Isin; but now they have both seen and hated Me and My Father as well. 25 But [they have done this] to fulfill the word that is written in their aLaw, ‘bTHEY HATED ME WITHOUT A CAUSE.’

[18] IOr (imperative) know that aJn 7:7; 1 Jn 3:13
[19] aJn 15:16 bMt 10:22; 24:9; Jn 17:14
[20] aMt 10:24; Jn 13:16 b1Co 4:12; 2Co 4:9; 2Ti 3:12 cJn 8:51
[21] aMt 10:22; 24:9; Mk 13:13; Lk 21:12, 17; Ac 4:17; 5:41; 9:14; 26:9; 1P 4:14; Rv 2:3 bJn 8:19, 55; 16:3; 17:25; Ac 3:17; 1 Jn 3:1
[22] II.e. guilt aJn 9:41; 15:24
[24] II.e. guilt aJn 9:41; 15:21 bJn 5:36; 10:37
[25] aJn 10:34 bPs 35:19; 69:4

26“When the IaHelper comes, bwhom I will send to you from the Father, [that is] cthe Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, dHe will testify about Me, 27 Iand ayou [will] testify also, because you have been with Me bfrom the beginning.

[26] IGr Paracletos, one called alongside to help; or Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor aJn 14:16 bJn 14:26 cJn 14:17 d1 Jn 5:7
[27] IOr (imperative) and bear witness aLk 24:48; Jn 19:35; 21:24; 1 Jn 1:2; 4:14 bLk 1:2


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The consolation and mutual love between Christ and his members, under the parable of the vine.

1I 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.

[1] Gn 49:10; Ps 80:8; So 7:12; 8:11; Is 4:2; 5:1; 27:2; 60:21; 61:3; Jr 2:21; 12:10; Ezk 15:2; Ho 10:1; Zc 3:8; Mt 20:1; 21:33; Mk 12:1; Lk 13:6; Jn 1:9, 17; 6:32, 55; 1Co 3:9; 1Jn 2:8.
[2] Jb 17:9; Ps 51:7; Pv 4:18; Is 27:9; 29:19; Ho 6:3; Mal 3:3; Mt 3:10, 12; 13:12, 33; 15:13; 21:19; Lk 8:13; 13:7; Jn 15:8, 16; 17:12; Ro 5:3; 8:28; 1Co 13:1; 2Co 4:17; Ga 5:22; Php 1:9, 11; Col 1:5; 1Th 5:23; Tit 2:14; He 6:7; 12:10, 15; 1Jn 2:19; Rv 3:19.
[3] Jn 13:10; 17:17; Ep 5:26; 1P 1:22.
[4] So 8:5; Is 27:10; Ezk 15:2; Ho 14:8; Lk 8:15; Jn 6:56, 68; 8:31; 14:20; 17:23; Ac 11:23; 14:22; Ro 8:9; 2Co 12:8; 13:5; Ga 2:20; Ep 3:17; Php 1:11; Col 1:23, 27; 2:6; 1Th 3:5; He 10:39; 1Jn 2:6, 24; 2Jn 1:9; Jde 1:20.
[5] Pv 11:30; Ho 4:8; Lk 13:6; Jn 5:19; 9:33; 12:24; Ac 4:12; Ro 6:22; 7:4; 12:5; 1Co 10:16; 12:12, 27; 2Co 9:10; 13:8; Ga 5:22; Ep 5:9; Php 1:11; 4:13, 17; Col 1:6, 10; Jm 1:17; 1P 2:4; 2P 1:2; 3:18.
[6] Jb 15:30; Ps 80:15; Is 14:19; 27:10; Ezk 15:3; 17:9; 19:12; Mt 3:10; 7:19; 13:41; 27:5; He 6:7; 10:27; 2P 2:20; 1Jn 2:19; Jde 1:12; Rv 20:15; 21:8.
[7] Dt 6:6; Jb 22:26; 23:12; Ps 37:4; 119:11; Pv 4:4; 10:24; Is 58:8; Jr 15:16; Jn 8:37; 14:13; 15:16; 16:23; Ga 4:2; 5:16; Col 3:16; 1Jn 2:14, 27; 3:22; 5:14; 2Jn 1:1.
[8] Ps 92:12; Is 60:21; 61:3; Hg 1:8; Mt 5:16, 44; Lk 6:35; Jn 8:31; 13:35; 1Co 6:20; 10:31; 2Co 9:10; Php 1:11; Tit 2:5, 10; 1P 2:12; 4:11.
[9] Jn 15:11, 13; 17:23, 26; Ep 3:18; 1Jn 2:28; Jde 1:20; Rv 1:5.
[10] Is 42:1; Mt 3:15; Jn 4:34; 8:29; 12:49; 14:15, 21, 31; 17:4; 1Co 7:19; 1Th 4:1; He 7:26; 10:5; 2P 2:21; 1Jn 2:1, 5; 3:21; 5:3; Rv 22:14.
[11] Is 53:11; 62:4; Jr 32:41; 33:9; Zp 3:17; Lk 15:5, 9, 23, 32; Jn 16:24, 33; 17:13; Ro 15:13; 2Co 1:24; Ep 5:18; Php 1:25; 1Th 5:16; 1P 1:8; 1Jn 1:4; 2Jn 1:12.
[12] Jn 13:34; Ro 12:10; Ep 5:2; 1Th 3:12; 4:9; 2Th 1:3; 1P 1:22; 3:8; 4:8; 1Jn 2:7; 3:11, 23; 4:21.
[13] Jn 10:11, 15; Ro 5:6; Ep 5:2; 1Jn 4:7.
[14] 2Ch 20:7; So 5:1; Is 41:8; Mt 12:50; Lk 12:4; Jn 2:5; 13:17; 14:15, 21, 28; Jm 2:23; 1Jn 5:3.
[15] Gn 18:17; 2K 6:8; Ps 25:14; Am 3:7; Mt 13:11; Lk 10:23; Jn 4:19; 12:26; 13:16; 15:20; 17:6, 26; 20:17; Ac 20:27; Ro 16:25; 1Co 2:9; Ga 4:6; Ep 1:9; 3:5; Col 1:26; Phm 1:16; Jm 1:1; 2:23; 1P 1:11; 2P 1:1; Jde 1:1; Rv 1:1.
[16] Gn 18:18; Ps 71:18; 78:4; 145:4; Pv 11:30; Is 27:6; 49:1; 55:10; Jr 1:5; Mi 5:7; Zc 1:4; Mt 21:22; 28:18; Mk 16:15; Lk 6:13; 24:47; Jn 6:70; 13:18; 14:13; 15:7, 8, 19; 16:23; 20:21; 21:15; Ac 1:8, 24; 9:15; 10:41; 20:25; 22:14; Ro 1:5, 13; 9:11, 21; 15:4, 15, 16; 1Co 3:6; 9:16; 10:11; Ga 1:15; Ep 2:10; Col 1:6, 23; 1Ti 2:7; 2Ti 1:11; 2:2; 3:15; Tit 1:5; He 11:4; Jm 3:18; 1P 1:14; 3:2, 15; 1Jn 4:10, 19.
[17] Jn 15:12; 1P 2:17; 1Jn 3:14.

A comfort in the hatred and persecution of the world.

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 yours 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.

[18] 1K 22:8; Is 49:7; 53:3; Zc 11:8; Mt 5:11; 10:22; 24:9; Mk 13:13; Lk 6:22; Jn 3:20; 7:7; 15:23; He 12:2; Jm 4:4; 1Jn 3:1, 3, 13.
[19] Lk 6:32; Jn 15:16; 17:14; Ep 1:4; 2:2; Tit 3:3; 1P 2:9; 4:3; 1Jn 3:12; 4:4; 5:19; Rv 12:9, 17; 20:7.
[20] 1S 8:7; Is 53:1; Ezk 3:7; Mt 10:24; Lk 2:34; 6:40; Jn 5:16; 7:32; 8:59; 10:31; 11:57; 13:16; Ac 4:27; 7:52; 1Th 2:15.
[21] Ps 69:7; Is 66:5; Mt 5:11; 10:18, 22, 39; 24:9; Lk 6:22; Jn 8:19, 54; 16:3; Ac 9:16; 17:23; 28:25; Ro 1:28; 1Co 2:8; 15:34; 2Co 4:3; 2Th 1:8; 1P 4:13; 1Jn 2:3.
[22] Ezk 2:5; 33:31; Lk 12:46; Jn 3:18; 9:41; 12:48; 19:11; Ac 17:30; Ro 1:20; 2:1; 2Co 2:14; He 6:4; Jm 4:17; 1P 2:16.
[23] Jn 8:40; 1Jn 2:23; 2Jn 1:9.
[24] Ex 20:5; Dt 5:9; Ps 81:15; Pv 8:36; Mt 9:33; 11:5, 20; 21:32; Mk 2:12; Lk 10:12; 19:37; 24:19; Jn 3:2; 5:36; 6:36; 7:31; 9:32; 10:32, 37; 11:47; 12:10, 37, 45; 14:9; Ac 2:22; 10:38; Ro 1:30; 8:7; 2Ti 3:4; He 2:3; Jm 4:4.
[25] Ps 7:4; 35:19; 69:4; 109:3; Mt 10:8; Lk 24:44; Jn 10:34; 19:36; Ro 3:19, 24; 2Co 11:7; Ga 2:21; 2Th 3:8; Rv 21:6; 22:17.

The office of the Holy Ghost, and of the Apostles.

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.

[26] Lk 24:49; Jn 8:42; 14:16, 26; 16:7, 13, 14; Ac 2:32, 33; 5:32; 15:8; 1Co 1:6; He 2:4; 1Jn 5:6; Rv 22:1.
[27] Mk 1:1; Lk 1:2; 24:48; Jn 21:24; Ac 1:8, 21; 3:15; 4:20, 33; 10:39; 13:31; 18:5; 23:11; 1P 5:1, 12; 2P 1:16; 1Jn 1:1; Rv 1:2, 9.


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