John 10:12

But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

But hee that is an hireling and not the shepheard, whose owne the sheepe are not, seeth the woolfe coming, and leaueth the sheep, and fleeth: and the woolfe catcheth them, and scattereth the sheepe.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"He who is a hired hand, and not a shepherd, who is not the owner of the sheep, sees the wolf coming, and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters {them.}
- New American Standard Version (1995)

He that is a hireling, and not a shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, beholdeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth, and the wolf snatcheth them, and scattereth `them':
- American Standard Version (1901)

He who is a servant, and not the keeper or the owner of the sheep, sees the wolf coming and goes in flight, away from the sheep; and the wolf comes down on them and sends them in all directions:
- Basic English Bible

but he who serves for wages, and who is not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, sees the wolf coming, and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf seizes them and scatters the sheep.
- Darby Bible

But he that is a hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth, and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep.
- Webster's Bible

The hired servant--one who is not a shepherd and does not own the sheep--no sooner sees the wolf coming than he leaves the sheep and runs away; and the wolf worries and scatters them.
- Weymouth Bible

He who is a hired hand, and not a shepherd, who doesn't own the sheep, sees the wolf coming, leaves the sheep, and flees. The wolf snatches the sheep, and scatters them.
- World English Bible

But an hirid hyne, and that is not the scheepherde, whos ben not the scheep his owne, seeth a wolf comynge, and he leeueth the scheep, and fleeth; and the wolf rauyschith, and disparplith the scheep.
- Wycliffe Bible

and the hireling, and not being a shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, doth behold the wolf coming, and doth leave the sheep, and doth flee; and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for John 10:12


10:12 But the hireling - It is not the bare receiving hire, which denominates a man a hireling: (for the labourer is worthy of his hire; Jesus Christ himself being the Judge: yea, and the Lord hath ordained, that they who preach the Gospel, should live of the Gospel:) but the loving hire: the loving the hire more than the work: the working for the sake of the hire. He is a hireling, who would not work, were it not for the hire; to whom this is the great (if not only) motive of working. O God! If a man who works only for hire is such a wretch, a mere thief and a robber, what is he who continually takes the hire, and yet does not work at all? The wolf - signifies any enemy who, by force or fraud, attacks the Christian's faith, liberty, or life. So the wolf seizeth and scattereth the flock - He seizeth some, and scattereth the rest; the two ways of hurting the flock of Christ.


People's Bible Notes for John 10:12


Joh 10:12 But he that is an hireling . . . leaveth the sheep, and fleeth. It is not the bare fact of a man receiving pay that makes him a hireling. "The laborer is worthy of his hire" (Lu 10:7). He is a hireling who would not work were it not for this hire, and who works where the hire is highest rather than were he can do the most good.

Discussion for John 10

  • Steve morrow
    JAMES 4:7 SUBMIT YOURSELVES THEREFORE TO GOD RESIST THE devil AND HE WILL FLEE FROM YOU--1 JOHN 5:14 AND THIS IS THE CONFIDENCE THAT WE HAVE IN HIM THAT IF WE ASK ANYTHING -- ACCORDING -- TO HIS WILL HE HEARETH US *** JOHN 15:5 I AM THE VINE YOU ARE THE BRANCHES HE THAT ABIDETH IN ME AND I IN HIM THE SAME BRINGETH FORTH MUCH FRUIT --- FOR WITHOUT ME YOU CAN DO NOTHING ---
  • Ray321
    Isaiah 53:5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him and with his stripes we are healed. AMEN
  • Joyce Ballentine
    2 PART- SATAN IS AN ACCUSER OF THE BRETHREN, WHO WANTS US DISCOURAGED, ANGRY, DEPRESSED, GIVING UP, ABUSED, BITTER, CONFUSED, DISEASED, AND CONDEMNED! NO MATTER WHAT WE GO THROUGH JUST REMEMBER: BY HIS STRIPES WE ARE HEALED!!!! AMEN! GLORY BE TO GOD!!!
  • Joyce Ballentine
    WHO IS THIS THIEF??? SATAN WHO IS AN EVIL SPIRIT, THAT WILL DRESS HIMSELF UP IN ANY WAY TO DESTROY US!!! THE ENEMY IS THROWING EVERYTHING AND THE KITCHEN SINK TO DESTROY ANYONE THAT GETS IN HIS WAY OF DESTROYING THE EARTH! THE ONLY WAY TO EXPERIENCE AN ABUNDANT LIFE AND RESIST HIM IS THROUGH THE POWER AND BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST!!!!
  • Ray321
    John 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: Jesus said to the Disciples follow me. Matthew 4:19 And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. Now Apostle Paul said follow me . 1 Corinthians 11:1 Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ. Now Jesus is using Paul for us Gentiles to follow him. I follow Paul thru Jesus Christ our Lord
  • The Father God's daughter-servant
    In Jesus Christ, I greet you! I'm wondering if verse 12 concerning "the wolf" refers to the contemporary charlatans that preach for gain and lust? It would seem to me that those that gather around them, most likely aren't The Lord's sheep.

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