John 10:17
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New International Version
The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life--only to take it up again.

New Living Translation
"The Father loves me because I sacrifice my life so I may take it back again.

English Standard Version
For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it up again.

New American Standard Bible
"For this reason the Father loves Me, because I lay down My life so that I may take it again.

King James Bible
Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
This is why the Father loves Me, because I am laying down My life so I may take it up again.

International Standard Version
This is why the Father loves me, because I lay down my life in order to take it back again.

NET Bible
This is why the Father loves me--because I lay down my life, so that I may take it back again.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“Because of this my Father delights in me, because I am laying down my life that I may receive it again.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The Father loves me because I give my life in order to take it back again.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Therefore does my Father love me, because I lay down my soul that I might take it again.

King James 2000 Bible
Therefore does my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again.

American King James Version
Therefore does my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again.

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

Douay-Rheims Bible
Therefore doth the Father love me: because I lay down my life, that I may take it again.

Darby Bible Translation
On this account the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it again.

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

Webster's Bible Translation
Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I may take it again.

Weymouth New Testament
For this reason my Father loves me, because I am laying down my life in order to receive it back again.

World English Bible
Therefore the Father loves me, because I lay down my life, that I may take it again.

Young's Literal Translation
'Because of this doth the Father love me, because I lay down my life, that again I may take it;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

10:10-18 Christ is a good Shepherd; many who were not thieves, yet were careless in their duty, and by their neglect the flock was much hurt. Bad principles are the root of bad practices. The Lord Jesus knows whom he has chosen, and is sure of them; they also know whom they have trusted, and are sure of Him. See here the grace of Christ; since none could demand his life of him, he laid it down of himself for our redemption. He offered himself to be the Saviour; Lo, I come. And the necessity of our case calling for it, he offered himself for the Sacrifice. He was both the offerer and the offering, so that his laying down his life was his offering up himself. From hence it is plain, that he died in the place and stead of men; to obtain their being set free from the punishment of sin, to obtain the pardon of their sin; and that his death should obtain that pardon. Our Lord laid not his life down for his doctrine, but for his sheep.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 17. - Therefore doth the Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I may take it again. The διὰ τοῦτο points to the whole of the previous statement, and ὅτι to a more complete exposition of the precise point in it on which the Divine Father's love (ἀγαπή) rests. The "I" and "me" refer to the incarnate Son, i.e. to the Divine-human Personality of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Father loveth me, because, not merely that I lay down my life, for such might be the consequence of helplessness in the presence of victorious and desperate foes. The love which merely "laid down life" would be a Buddha-like self-sacrifice, producing certain moral effects upon the minds of the onlookers, and revealing a large and loving sense of the need of others. Yet in such expression of his sacrificial love he would have relinquished his undertaking. There would have been no more that he could do for his flock, this Shepherd-functions would, in the consummating act, cease, he would be a beautiful Memory, not a living Energy; a glorious Example, not the Author of eternal salvation. He would cease to be the great Shepherd of the sheep. Now the Father's love contemplated more than this, viz. the Lord's own purpose to take up again that life which he was prepared voluntarily to lay down for the sheep. Thus he would indeed die, that he might be more of a Shepherd to them than he had ever been before. How otherwise would he personally bring the other sheep into his flock, or be known of them, as the Father was known by him? Christ declares that after his death he would still exercise royal rights, be as much a Divine-human Personality as ever. Christ, as a sinless Man, the sinless One, might indeed, after the victory over the tempter in the wilderness, or from the Mount of Transfiguration, have returned to the spiritual world without accomplishing an exodus on Golgotha, but he chose, he willed, to lay down his life. Having done this much, he might have joined the great majority, and been their Head and Chief, and left his work to be commented on by others. But such a consummation would have fallen far short of the true and sufficing object of the Father's love. Christ declares that the very end of his death was his resurrection from death. In retaking his life, he is able to continue, on perfectly different terms, the shepherding of his people he becomes in the highest sense, the great Shepherd, the good Shepherd, the archetypal, and the veritable Shepherd of the flock of God.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Therefore doth my Father love me,.... Christ was the object of his Father's love from all eternity, and was loved by him on various accounts; first and chiefly, as his own Son, of the same nature with him, equal to him; and also as Mediator, engaging for, and on the behalf of his chosen people; and likewise as he was clothed with their nature, and even in his state of humiliation; and not only as subject to his ordinances, and obedient to his will, and doing what was pleasing in his sight, but likewise as suffering in their room and stead, and he loved him on this account; the bruising of him was a pleasure to him, not for the sake of that itself, but because hereby his counsels and decrees were accomplished, his covenant fulfilled, and the salvation of his people obtained: hence it follows here,

because I lay down my life; that is, for the sheep; to ransom them from sin and Satan, the law, its curse and condemnation, and from death and hell, wrath, ruin and destruction: and the laying down his life on this account, was not only well pleasing to his Father, but likewise was done, with the following view; or at least this was the event of it,

that I might take it again; as he did, by raising himself from the dead, by which he was declared to be the Son of God; and to have made full satisfaction to divine justice, for the sins of his people, and therefore rose again for their, justification; and to be the victorious conqueror over death, having now abolished it, and having in his hands the keys of it, the power over that, and the grave: and which life he took up again, by his divine power, and as the surety of his people, to use it for their good; by ascending to his God and theirs, entering into heaven as their forerunner, appearing in the presence of God for them, as their advocate, and ever living to make intercession for them.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

17. Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, &c.—As the highest act of the Son's love to the Father was the laying down of His life for the sheep at His "commandment," so the Father's love to Him as His incarnate Son reaches its consummation, and finds its highest justification, in that sublimest and most affecting of all acts.

that I might take it again—His resurrection-life being indispensable to the accomplishment of the fruit of His death.

John 10:17 Additional Commentaries
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Jesus the Good Shepherd
16"I have other sheep, which are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will hear My voice; and they will become one flock with one shepherd. 17"For this reason the Father loves Me, because I lay down My life so that I may take it again. 18"No one has taken it away from Me, but I lay it down on My own initiative. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This commandment I received from My Father."…
Cross References
John 10:11
"I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.

John 10:15
just as the Father knows me and I know the Father--and I lay down my life for the sheep.

Hebrews 1:9
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy."
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