John 10:8

All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

All that euer came before me, are theeues and robbers: but the sheepe did not heare them.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"All who came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

All that came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them.
- American Standard Version (1901)

All who came before me are thieves and outlaws: but the sheep did not give ear to them.
- Basic English Bible

All whoever came before me are thieves and robbers; but the sheep did not hear them.
- Darby Bible

All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them.
- Webster's Bible

All who have come before me are thieves and robbers; but the sheep would not listen to them.
- Weymouth Bible

All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep didn't listen to them.
- World English Bible

As many as han come, weren nyyt theues and day theues, but the scheep herden not hem.
- Wycliffe Bible

all, as many as came before me, are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for John 10:8


10:8 Whosoever are come - Independently of me, assuming any part of my character, pretending, like your elders and rabbis, to a power over the consciences of men, attempting to make laws in the Church, and to teach their own traditions as the way of salvation: all those prophets and expounders of God's word, that enter not by the door of the sheepfold, but run before I have sent them by my Spirit. Our Lord seems in particular to speak of those that had undertaken this office since he began his ministry, are thieves - Stealing temporal profit to themselves, and robbers - Plundering and murdering the sheep.


People's Bible Notes for John 10:8


Joh 10:8 All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers. Abbott holds that the idea is "All who came, not entering through the door, but claiming to be before me, having the precedence, independent of me, are thieves and robbers". This seems to harmonize with the context, and is probably the Savior's meaning. He included the Jewish rabbis, the Greek philosophers, the pretended prophets, and the "Infallible Pope". These all refuse to bow to his authority. But the sheep did not hear them. The true sheep.

Discussion for John 10:8

  • All that ever came before me Denotes the whole of past ARE Thieves Robbers Denotes the present This can be only refer to the various beliefs since the fall of man for all those beliefs were attributed to some god or other to says the gods to say all other beliefs by their gods against the belief in the God of Abraham through His covenant Christ
  • Aaron Oliver for verse 8
    This verse is a real eye opener. It reveals clearly who are from the Lord and who are not. So this probably can be applied in a present day Indian context too, where there are plenty of temples of Hindu faith with idols of their Gods. While our God says his people or sheep shall not worship any other gods him I am wondering why am I concerning myself with others. Should it be so just because I live in India. But yes I do have a Hindu lineage on the mother's side while she herself is baptised but backsliding. May God help.

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