15 “I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the farmer: 2 every branch on me that does not bear fruit he takes off, and every one that bears fruit he cleans up in order that it may bear more fruit. 3 You are clean already, because of the words I have spoken to you. 4 Remain in me and have me remain in you; as the branch cannot bear fruit from itself if it does not remain in the vine, no more can you if you do not remain in me. 5 I am the vine, you are the branches; it is just he who remains in me and has me remain in him that bears much fruit—because apart from me you cannot do anything. 6 If one does not remain in me he is thrown outside like a branch and dries up, and they gather them and throw them in the fire and they are burned. 7 If you do remain in me and my words remain in you, ask for what you will and you shall have it. 8 It is in this my Father is glorified, that you should bear a great crop of fruit and turn out to be disciples of mine. 9 As the Father loved me, so did I love you; remain in my love. 10 * If you keep my commands, remain in my love you will, as I have kept my Father’s commands and am remaining in his love. 11 “I have had this talk with you so that my joy may be in you and your joy be in full measure. 12 This is my command, that you are to love each other as I loved you. 13 Nobody has a greater love than this, that one should lay down his life for his friends. 14 You are friends of mine if you do what I command you to. 15 I do not speak of you as servants any longer, because a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have spoken of you as friends, because everything that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. 16 It was not you that chose me, but I that chose you and made you such as to go ahead and bear fruit and have your fruit persist, to have the Father give you whatever you ask him for in my name. 17 “I am giving you these commands so that you may love each other. 18 * If the world hates you, you know it has hated me before you. 19 If you belonged to the world, the world would love what was its own; but because you do not belong to the world but I picked you out of the world, for that reason the world hates you. 20 Remember the words that I said to you, ‘a servant is not greater than his master’: if they persecuted me, so they will you; if they kept my words, so they will yours. 21 But all this they will do 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 have any sin; but now they do not have any excuse for sin. 23 He who hates me is hating my Father too. 24 If I had not done among them the works that nobody else did, they would not have any sin; but now they have both seen and hated both me and my Father; 25 but it was so that the words written in their law should be fulfilled, ‘They hated me for nothing.’ 26 When the Spokesman comes whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of Truth that goes out from the Father’s presence, he will testify about me; 27 and you too testify, because you have been with me from the first.
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