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

  • 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....
  • MockingBird
    The thief is the devil ,of course : he is here illegally : he came to kill , steal , and to destroy , in every area of our lives, not just in a certain one : Jesus came in legally and He gives life and that I can have more abundantly through His word and His Spirit that is within . I have all and abound. !!!!
  • D H Barbee
    John 10 is deep in allegory, but is pure truth. The Muslims claim that the Bible has been changed, they are wrong, not one word has been added or removed.
  • TED
    Same God yesterday; same God today.
  • God is a good and caring god