15:1“I am the true vine and my Father is the cultivator.15:2He discards every branch that produces no fruit, but prunes the ones that produce some, so they can make even more.15:3You all are pruned already by means of the things I’ve said to you.15:4Remain in me as I remain in you. Just as the branch cannot produce fruit if it is detached from the vine, neither can you if you do not remain in me.
15:5“I am the vine and you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in them produces a lot of fruit, but apart from me you can do nothing.15:6Whoever does not remain in me is like a branch that is thrown out and dried up. Such branches are then collected and thrown into the fire to be burned.15:7But if you always remain in me and my declarations remain in you, ask for anything you want and it will be granted to you.
15:8“If you produce a lot of fruit and become my disciples, it brings honor to my Father.15:9Just as the Father loves me, so also do I love you; remain in my love.15:10If you guard my precepts you will remain in my love, just as I have guarded my Father’s precepts and remain in his love.15:11I have spoken these things to you so that my happiness will remain in you and fill you up.
15:12“This is my precept: that you love each other as I have loved you.15:13And there is no greater love than to lay down your life for your friends.15:14You are my friends if you do what I direct you to do.15:15I no longer call you slaves, for a slave is not included in their master’s activities. But now I call you friends, for I have shared with you everything I heard from my Father.15:16You didn’t choose me, I chose you, and I appointed you to go out and produce a lot of fruit. If your fruit endures, ask the Father for anything you want as my representatives and he will grant it.15:17I am giving you these directions so that you may love each other.
15:18“If the world hates you, understand that it hated me first.115:19If you had belonged to the world it would have considered you its friends. But seeing that you are no longer part of the world since I chose you out of it, the world despises you for this.15:20Remember what I told you? ‘A slave is not greater than their master.’ If they persecuted me they will also persecute you, but if they guarded my sayings, they will guard yours too.15:21They will do all these things to you because of my name, since they have failed to recognize the one sending me.
15:22“If I had not come and spoken to them they would not be at fault, but now they have no excuse;15:23whoever despises me despises my Father as well.15:24If I hadn’t done things among them that no one else had done, they would not be at fault. But now they have seen, and they have despised both me and my Father.15:25Yet this fulfills what has been written in the law about them: ‘They hated me for no reason’.
15:26“When the Advocate I’m sending2 from the Father arrives— the Spirit of Truth departing from him— he will testify about me.15:27And you will testify as well, seeing that you have been with me from the beginning.
- 1“hated me first” could also be rendered “hated me most of all.”
- 2From preceptaustin.org: “Present Tense with the indicative mood represents contemporaneous action, as opposed to action in the past or future. In moods other than in the indicative mood, it refers only to continuous or repeated action.” So the Advocate has not always been departing, or always will be, but is departing at the present (that is, when Jesus spoke the words). In English we might say, “He’s leaving now.”