John 10:4

“And when he putteth foorth his owne sheepe, he goeth before them, and the sheepe follow him: for they know his voyce.”

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Other Translations

And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.
- King James Version

"When he puts forth all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

When he hath put forth all his own, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.
- American Standard Version (1901)

When he has got them all out, he goes before them, and the sheep go after him, for they have knowledge of his voice.
- Basic English Bible

When he has put forth all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, because they know his voice.
- Darby Bible

And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.
- Webster's Bible

When he has brought out his own sheep--all of them--he walks at the head of them; and the sheep follow him, because they know his voice.
- Weymouth Bible

Whenever he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.
- World English Bible

And whanne he hath don out his owne scheep, he goith bifor hem, and the scheep suen hym; for thei knowun his vois.
- Wycliffe Bible

and when his own sheep he may put forth, before them he goeth on, and the sheep follow him, because they have known his voice;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for John 10:4


10:4 He goeth before them - In all the ways of God, teaching them in every point, by example as well as by precept; and the sheep follow him - They tread in his steps: for they know his voice - Having the witness in themselves that his words are the wisdom and the power of God. Reader, art thou a shepherd of souls? Then answer to God. Is it thus with thee and thy flock?


People's Bible Notes for John 10:4


Joh 10:4,5 The sheep follow him: for they know his voice. Also literally true in the East as all travelers testify, but a stranger they will not follow, because his voice is strange. So true is it that when a traveler has changed dress with the shepherd for an experiment, they still have followed the disguised shepherd's voice and refused to listen to the voice of a stranger in the garb of their own shepherd.

Discussion for John 10

  • Steve morrow
    **JOHN 10:30 I AND MY FATHER ARE ONE** 1 CORINTHIANS 8:5 for though there be that are called gods whether in heaven or in earth as there be gods many and lords many-8:6-but to us there is but one GOD THE FATHER of whom are all things and we in HIM and one LORD JESUS CHRIST by whom are all things and we by HIM 1 TIM 2:5 for there is one GOD and one mediator between GOD and men the man JESUS CHRIST
  • Margaret

    Yes, and though this can be discouraging, it only serves to confirm the truth of God’s Word, (see 2 Tim 4:3-4) but in verse 5 is the answer. He speaks specifically to Timothy here, but the instruction to all is clear: watch. We are to watch and pray. If something you hear doesn’t ring true, check it; search the scriptures. It is good practice to check out the preacher, even if you you know him.
  • Gonzalo
    Verse 39,...Therefore they sought again to take him:" but he escaped out of their hand", this vanishing of Jesus happened many times in Luke 4:30," But he passing through the mist of them went his way"...This is a great Miracle by GOD, just when Jesus was going to be stoned or apprehended suddenly time was frozen and stood still and he just walk away ,there is no other explanation. a Miracle.
  • Michael Conrad
    And how many who have come after our LORD are also thieves and robbers? This may not be taken well but my only intent is to be truthful. I find that in most of our denominations today we find men who claim to speak truth about Jesus Christ but subtily preach a gospel that does not save but instead only tickles ears. Not that we who are in His word should be surprised because we were warned.
  • 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

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