1 "I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. 2 a "Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He 1 takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear b more fruit. 3 c "You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. 4 d "Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, 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, bears much e fruit; for without Me you can do f nothing. 6 "If anyone does not abide in Me, g he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. 7 "If you abide in Me, and My words h abide in you, i you 2 will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. 8 j "By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; k so you will be My disciples. 9 "As the Father l loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. 10 m "If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in His love. 11 "These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and n that your joy may be full.
12 o "This is My p commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 q "Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends. 14 r "You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. 15 "No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, s for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you. 16 t "You did not choose Me, but I chose you and u appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father v in My name He may give you. 17 "These things I command you, that you love one another.New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.