John 10 Notes, Meaning, and Commentary

John 10


John 10:1

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the fold of the sheep, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.

John 10:2

But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.

John 10:3

To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out.

John 10:4

When he hath put forth all his own, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.

John 10:5

And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.

John 10:6

This parable spake Jesus unto them: but they understood not what things they were which he spake unto them.

John 10:7

Jesus therefore said unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.

John 10:8

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

John 10:9

I am the door; by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and go out, and shall find pasture.

John 10:10

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.

John 10:11

I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd layeth down his life for the sheep.

John 10:12

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]:

John 10:13

[he fleeth] because he is a hireling, and careth not for the sheep.

John 10:14

I am the good shepherd; and I know mine own, and mine own know me,

John 10:15

even as the Father knoweth me, and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep.

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 they shall become one flock, one shepherd.

John 10:17

Therefore doth the Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I may take it again.

John 10:18

No one taketh it away from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment received I from my Father.

John 10:19

There arose a division again among the Jews because of these words.

John 10:20

And many of them said, He hath a demon, and is mad; why hear ye him?

John 10:21

Others said, These are not the sayings of one possessed with a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?

John 10:22

And it was the feast of the dedication at Jerusalem:

John 10:23

it was winter; and Jesus was walking in the temple in Solomon’s porch.

John 10:24

The Jews therefore came round about him, and said unto him, How long dost thou hold us in suspense? If thou art the Christ, tell us plainly.

John 10:25

Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believe not: the works that I do in my Father’s name, these bear witness of me.

John 10:26

But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep.

John 10:27

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:

John 10:28

and I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, and no one shall snatch them out of my hand.

John 10:29

My Father, who hath given [them] unto me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch [them] out of the Father’s hand.

John 10:30

I and the Father are one.

John 10:31

The Jews took up stones again to stone him.

John 10:32

Jesus answered them, Many good works have I showed you from the Father; for which of those works do ye stone me?

John 10:33

The Jews answered him, For a good work we stone thee not, but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.

John 10:34

Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, ye are gods?

John 10:35

If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came (and the scripture cannot be broken),

John 10:36

say ye of him, whom the Father sanctified and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am [the] Son of God?

John 10:37

If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not.

John 10:38

But if I do them, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know and understand that the Father is in me, and I in the Father.

John 10:39

They sought again to take him: and he went forth out of their hand.

John 10:40

And he went away again beyond the Jordan into the place where John was at the first baptizing; and there be abode.

John 10:41

And many came unto him; and they said, John indeed did no sign: but all things whatsoever John spake of this man were true.

John 10:42

And many believed on him there.

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