Bishops' Bible

John 15

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

John 15:1 I am the true vine, and my father is the husbandman. John 15:2 Euery braunche that beareth not fruite in me, he will take away: And euery braunche that beareth fruite wyll he pourge, that it may bryng foorth more fruite. John 15:3 Nowe are ye cleane through the worde which I haue spoken vnto you. John 15:4 Byde in me, and I in you. As the braunche can not beare fruite of it selfe, except it byde in the vine: no more can ye, except ye abyde in me. John 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the braunches. He that abydeth in me, and I in hym, the same bryngeth foorth much fruite: For without me can ye do nothyng. John 15:6 Yf a man byde not in me, he is cast foorth as a braunch, and withereth, and men gather them, and cast them into the fyre, and they burne. John 15:7 Yf ye byde in me, and my wordes abyde in you, aske what ye wyll, and it shalbe done for you. John 15:8 Herein is my father glorified: that ye beare much fruite, and become my disciples. John 15:9 As the father hath loued me, euen so haue I loued you: Continue ye in my loue. John 15:10 Yf ye kepe my commaundementes, ye shall abyde in my loue, euen as I haue kept my fathers commaundementes, and abyde in his loue. John 15:11 These thynges haue I spoken vnto you, that my ioy might remayne in you, and that your ioy myght be full. John 15:12 This is my commaundement, that ye loue together, as I haue loued you. John 15:13 Greater loue hath no man, then this: yt a man bestowe his life for his frendes. John 15:14 Ye are my frendes, yf ye do whatsoeuer I commaunde you. John 15:15 Hencefoorth call I you not seruautes: for the seruaunt knoweth not what his Lorde doeth. But you haue I called frendes, for all thynges that I haue hearde of my father, haue I made knowen to you. John 15:16 Ye haue not chosen me, but I haue chosen you, and ordayned you, to go, and bryng foorth fruite, and that your fruite shoulde remayne, that whatsoeuer ye aske of the father in my name, he may geue it you. John 15:17 This commaunde I you, that ye loue together.

A comfort in the hatred and persecution of the world.

John 15:18 Yf the worlde hate you, ye knowe that it hated me before it hated you. John 15:19 If ye were of the worlde, the worlde would loue his owne: Howbeit, because ye are not of the worlde, but I haue chosen you out of the worlde: therfore the worlde hateth you. John 15:20 Remember the worde that I sayde vnto you: the seruaunt is not greater then the Lorde. If they haue persecuted me, they wyll also persecute you. If they haue kept my saying, they wyll kepe yours also. John 15:21 But all these thynges wyll they do vnto you for my names sake, because they haue not knowe hym that sent me. John 15:22 Yf I had not come and spoken vnto them, they shoulde haue had no sinne: but nowe haue they nothyng to cloke their sinne withall. John 15:23 He that hateth me, hateth my father also. John 15:24 Yf I had not done among them, the workes which none other man dyd, they shoulde haue had no sinne. But nowe haue they both seene, and hated not only me, but also my father, John 15:25 But [this commeth to passe,] that the worde myght be fulfylled, that is written in their lawe: They hated me without a cause.

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

John 15:26 But when the comforter is come, whom I wyl sende vnto you from the father, euen the spirite of trueth, which proceadeth of the father, he shall testifie of me. John 15:27 And ye shall beare witnesse also, because ye haue ben with me from the begynnyng.

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