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1“I am the real vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2Every branch which is part of me but fails to bear fruit, he cuts off; and every branch that does bear fruit, he prunes, so that it may bear more fruit. 3Right now, because of the word which I have spoken to you, you are pruned. 4Stay united with me, as I will with you — for just as the branch can’t put forth fruit by itself apart from the vine, so you can’t bear fruit apart from me.
5“I am the vine and you are the branches. Those who stay united with me, and I with them, are the ones who bear much fruit; because apart from me you can’t do a thing. 6Unless a person remains united with me, he is thrown away like a branch and dries up. Such branches are gathered and thrown into the fire, where they are burned up.
7“If you remain united with me, and my words with you, then ask whatever you want, and it will happen for you. 8This is how my Father is glorified — in your bearing much fruit; this is how you will prove to be my talmidim.
9“Just as my Father has loved me, I too have loved you; so stay in my love. 10If you keep my commands, you will stay in my love — just as I have kept my Father’s commands and stay in his love. 11I have said this to you so that my joy may be in you, and your joy be complete.
12“This is my command: that you keep on loving each other just as I have loved you. 13No one has greater love than a person who lays down his life for his friends. 14You are my friends, if you do what I command you. 15I no longer call you slaves, because a slave doesn’t know what his master is about; but I have called you friends, because everything I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. 16You did not choose me, I chose you; and I have commissioned you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last; so that whatever you ask from the Father in my name he may give you. 17This is what I command you: keep loving each other!
18“If the world hates you, understand that it hated me first. 19If you belonged to the world, the world would have loved its own. But because you do not belong to the world — on the contrary, I have picked you out of the world — therefore the world hates you. 20Remember what I told you, ‘A slave is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you too; if they kept my word, they will keep yours too. 21But they will do all this to you on my account, because they don’t know the One who sent me.
22“If I had not come and spoken to them, they wouldn’t be guilty of sin; but now, they have no excuse for their sin. 23Whoever hates me hates my Father also. 24If I had not done in their presence works which no one else ever did, they would not be guilty of sin; but now, they have seen them and have hated both me and my Father. 25But this has happened in order to fulfill the words in their Torah which read, ‘They hated me for no reason at all.’
26“When the Counselor comes, whom I will send you from the Father — the Spirit of Truth, who keeps going out from the Father — he will testify on my behalf. 27And you testify too, because you have been with me from the outset.