“All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them.”
King James Version (KJV)
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.
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.