John 10:10

The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

The theefe commeth not, but for to steale and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might haue life, and that they might haue it more abundantly.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have {it} abundantly.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

The thief cometh not, but that he may steal, and kill, and destroy: I came that they may have life, and may have `it' abundantly.
- American Standard Version (1901)

The thief comes only to take the sheep and to put them to death: he comes for their destruction: I have come so that they may have life and have it in greater measure.
- Basic English Bible

The thief comes not but that he may steal, and kill, and destroy: I am come that they might have life, and might have [it] abundantly.
- Darby Bible

The thief cometh not, but to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
- Webster's Bible

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy: I have come that they may have Life, and may have it in abundance.
- Weymouth Bible

The thief only comes to steal, kill, and destroy. I came that they may have life, and may have it abundantly.
- World English Bible

A nyyt theef cometh not, but that he stele, sle, and leese; and Y cam, that thei han lijf, and haue more plenteousli.
- Wycliffe Bible

`The thief doth not come, except that he may steal, and kill, and destroy; I came that they may have life, and may have [it] abundantly.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for John 10:10


10:10 The thief cometh not but to steal, and to kill, and to destroy - That is, nothing else can be the consequence of a shepherd's coming, who does not enter in by me.


People's Bible Notes for John 10:10


Joh 10:10 The thief cometh not, but to steal. All those who enter otherwise than by the door wish to prey upon the flock.

Discussion for John 10

  • Miss Elaine Johnson
    John Chapter 10 tells me that some of us can find ourselves in churches and places of Honor but we could be thieves because we did not enter the lawful way, some of the stuff we use may be unauthorized copy, we overheard genuine Christian conversation and we take it on board etc.
  • Sylvia
    Praise him, Jesus blessed saviour, He's worthy to be praised. Halleujah!!!
    The one and only true Living GOD.
  • Lilian
    What a loving and powerful God we serve. God has anointed us therfore no one can touch his anointed one. He who loves Jesus will keep his commadments and follow him till rapture. No matter what life we face dont let hands go off with God and never ever give a place for the defeated enemy to use us. All battles belongs to Jesus and victory are for us who enter the door of God
  • Tina
    Very powerful comments! Thank you Jesus for being the ultimate Lamb--The Lamb of God!! I love you Jesus--forever!!
  • Trevor
    The scripture is so profound. Think about the good shephard gave his life so that we could be saved. Furthermore, after he laid down his life for us, he prepares a place for us in heaven where we can feast with him herefter and also be in is presence forever. Imagine the selfless act that we can all be benifectors of his love.
  • Felicia
    In John 14:6 Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. No one cometh to the Father except by Him.
    If we come any other way we are a thief!! Jesus is the door, and we must come throuh the Door....