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John 15

1 I am the true Vine, and My Father is the Vinedresser1.
2 Every branch in Me that brings not forth fruit, He takes it away; and every one that brings forth fruit, He prunes it, that it may bring forth more fruit.
3 Already you are clean through the word that I·​·have·​·spoken to you.
4 Remain in Me, and·​·I in you; as the branch cannot bring forth fruit from itself, unless it remain in the vine, no more can you, unless you remain in Me.
5 I am the Vine, you are the branches; he who remains in Me, and·​·I in him, this one brings forth much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.
6 If anyone remain not in Me, he is cast out as a branch, and is withered; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.
7 If you have remained in Me, and My sayings have remained in you, you shall ask whatever you will, and it shall be·​·done to·​·you.
8 In this My Father is glorified, that you bring forth much fruit, and you shall become My disciples.
9 As the Father has loved Me, I also have loved you; remain in My love.
10 If you keep My commandments, you shall remain in My love, as I have kept the commandments of My Father, and remain in His love.
11 These things have I spoken to you, that My joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be filled·​·full.
12 This is My commandment, that you love one another, as I have loved you.
13 Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his soul for his friends.
14 You are My friends, if you do whatever I command you.
15 I no·​·longer call you servants, for the servant knows not what his lord does; but I have called you friends, because all things which I have heard from My Father I have made·​·known to you.
16 You have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you, and placed you, that you may go and bring forth fruit, and your fruit may remain, that whatever you may ask the Father in My name He may give you.
17 These·​·things I command you, that you may love one·​·another.
18 If the world hate you, know that it hated Me before you.
19 If you were of the world, the world would love its·​·own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out·​·of the world, on·​·account·​·of this the world hates you.
20 Remember the word that I said to you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept My word, they will also keep yours.
21 But all these·​·things they will do to you on·​·account·​·of My name, because they know not Him who sent Me.
22 If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have had sin; but now they have no pretense for their sin.
23 He who hates Me hates My Father also.
24 If I had not done among them the works which none other has done, they would not have had sin; but now have they both seen and hated both Me and My Father.
25 But this comes to pass that the Word might be fulfilled that is written in their Law, They hated Me without·​·a·​·cause2.
26 And when the Comforter has come, which I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of Truth, which goes·​·out from the Father, this will testify concerning Me.
27 And you also shall testify, because you are with Me from the beginning.

1Literally, “Farmer,” but always vinedresser in the Heavenly Doctrine

2“This is written in Ps. 35:19” AC 6752:2; see also Ps. 69:4.