John 10:10

“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.”

1611 King James Version (KJV)




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Other Translations

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

"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

  • Mark
    Those who were in leadership could not understand they were face to face with the coming Messiah, which was held in the scriptures given to them to teach and be an example. Jesus is not calling us all gods. He is making a reference to their inflated sense of authority in relation to their impending judgement of supposed blasphemy.
  • Servant of God
    The door, the Shepard and the Porter, and we sheep who graze whilst the wolf looks on with hunger pangs, are mindlessly involved ingrazing. The Shepherd is watchfull with uncanny intuition and looks to the door of the Porter, which door only he, and those whom he chooses can open. On the other side is a garden, free of predators, evil thoughts, and longings for all are content, fruitful,present
  • Nspirational1
    God is Spirit -A Master of Minds of love Jesus is the heart of God the truth of God to all The Holy Spirit are the acts of God moving in all who received the love and truth of The father We say who we are Name in the flesh Yet our inner man should reflect Christ in our heart, the Saviour Yet we sin against him daily when we move against the love and truth of God.Trinity is 1
  • Bookreadingismything
    I agree, Satan is full of lies and deceit. Jesus is the one that gave his life to save us. I would rather follow Jesus.
  • Steve morrow
    1 CORINTHIANS 3:11 FOR OTHER FOUNDATION CAN NO MAN LAY THAN THAT IS LAID WHICH IS --- JESUS CHRIST --- JOHN 10:16 AND OTHER SHEEP I HAVE WHICH ARE NOT OF THIS FOLD THEM ALSO I MUST BRING AND THEY SHALL HEAR MY VOICE AND THERE SHALL BE ONE FOLD AND --- ONE SHEPHERD ROMANS 9:24 EVEN US WHOM HE HATH CALLED NOT OF THE JEWS ONLY BUT ALSO OF THE GENTILES MATTHEW 7:24 THEREFORE WHOSOEVER HEARETH THESE SAYINGS OF MINE AND DOETH THEM I WILL LIKEN HIM UNTO A WISE MAN WHICH BUILT HIS HOUSE UPON A ROCK --7:25-- AND THE RAIN DESCENDED AND THE FLOODS CAME AND THE WINDS BLEW AND BEAT UPON THAT HOUSE --AND IT FELL NOT-- FOR IT WAS FOUNDED UPON A ROCK --7:26-- AND EVERYONE THAT HEARETH THESE SAYINGS OF MINE --AND DOETH THEM NOT--SHALL BE LIKENED TO A FOOLISH MAN WHICH BUILT HIS HOUSE UPON THE SAND --7:27-- AND THE RAIN DESCENDED AND THE FLOODS CAME AND THE WINDS BLEW AND BEAT UPON THAT HOUSE --AND IT FELL-- AND GREAT WAS THE FALL OF IT PSALM 127:1 EXCEPT THE LORD BUILD THE HOUSE THEY LABOR IN VAIN THAT BUILD IT EXCEPT THE LORD KEEP THE CITY THE WATCHMAN WAKETH BUT IN VAIN ACTS 20:32 AND NOW BRETHREN I COMMEND YOU TO GOD AND TO THE --- WORD OF HIS GRACE --- WHICH IS ABLE TO BUILD YOU UP AND TO GIVE YOU AN INHERITANCE AMONG ALL THEM THAT ARE SANCTIFIED
  • A disciple
    "I am the Good Shepherd: the Good Shepherd gives His life for the sheep." John 10:11 The entire purpose and duty of the Shepherd is to care for the sheep. In whatever things we need whether for food and clothing and shelter, or protection from predators Jesus cares for us continually, and puts Himself between us and every danger or threat. If He leads us up into rocky and sparse places He is still our Good Shepherd. If we need washing and grooming, He does so with love and skill and the right firmness and gentleness. If we are hurt or injured or sick, He cares for us to make us strong and healthy again. If one wanders away because we are stupid and simple, and need to be watched! then He knows where to search and find us, and how to bring us back to safety. The Good Shepherd puts our needs first, and knows well how to maintain us. If we want to help Him be a Good Shepherd for others, then we need to learn from Him everything there is to know about the business of being a shepherd.

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