John 10:2
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New International Version
The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep.

New Living Translation
But the one who enters through the gate is the shepherd of the sheep.

English Standard Version
But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.

Berean Study Bible
But the one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep.

Berean Literal Bible
But the one entering in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.

New American Standard Bible
"But he who enters by the door is a shepherd of the sheep.

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

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The one who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.

International Standard Version
The one who enters through the gate is the shepherd of the sheep.

NET Bible
The one who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.

New Heart English Bible
But one who enters in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“He who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the flock;”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But the one who enters through the gate is the shepherd.

New American Standard 1977
“But he who enters by the door is a shepherd of the sheep.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But he that enters in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.

King James 2000 Bible
But he that enters in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.

American King James Version
But he that enters in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.

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

Douay-Rheims Bible
But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.

Darby Bible Translation
but he that enters in by the door is [the] shepherd of the sheep.

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

Webster's Bible Translation
But he that entereth by the door, is the shepherd of the sheep.

Weymouth New Testament
But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.

World English Bible
But one who enters in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.

Young's Literal Translation
and he who is entering through the door is shepherd of the sheep;
Study Bible
Jesus the Good Shepherd
1“Truly, truly, I tell you, whoever does not enter the sheepfold by the gate, but climbs in some other way, is a thief and a robber. 2But the one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. 3The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen for his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.…
Cross References
Matthew 15:11
A man is not defiled by what enters his mouth, but by what comes out of it."

John 10:11
I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.

John 10:12
The hired hand is not the shepherd, and the sheep are not his own. When he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf pounces on them and scatters the flock.
Treasury of Scripture

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

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John 10:7,9 Then said Jesus to them again, Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the …

Acts 20:28 Take heed therefore to yourselves, and to all the flock, over the …

1 Timothy 3:2-7 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, …

1 Timothy 4:14 Neglect not the gift that is in you, which was given you by prophecy, …

Titus 1:5 For this cause left I you in Crete, that you should set in order …

Revelation 1:20 The mystery of the seven stars which you saw in my right hand, and …

Revelation 2:1 To the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things said he …

the shepherd.

John 10:11,12,14 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd gives his life for the sheep…

Psalm 23:1 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

Psalm 80:1 Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, you that lead Joseph like a flock; …

Ecclesiastes 12:11 The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails fastened by the …

Isaiah 40:11 He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs …

Isaiah 63:11 Then he remembered the days of old, Moses, and his people, saying…

Ezekiel 34:23 And I will set up one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them, …

Micah 5:5 And this man shall be the peace, when the Assyrian shall come into …

Zechariah 11:3,5,8 There is a voice of the howling of the shepherds; for their glory …

Zechariah 13:7 Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, and against the man that is …

Hebrews 13:20 Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, …

1 Peter 2:25 For you were as sheep going astray; but are now returned to the Shepherd …

1 Peter 5:4 And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, you shall receive a crown …

(2) But he that entereth in by the door.--See Notes on John 10:7-9.

Is the shepherd of the sheep.--Better, is a shepherd of the sheep. The word here (comp. John 10:12) simply characterises him that entereth by the door as a shepherd, in opposition to the robber who climbeth over the fence.

-2John 10:16 of this chapter finds the commencement of its fulfilment in this mission. The appointment of a new body of disciples, whose very number is symbolical of a wider work, was the first step in the bringing in of the "other sheep." The Twelve answered to the number of the tribes of Israel; but the Seventy represent the nations of the world. The directions for this work to each body are nearly identical, but the restrictions laid upon the Twelve are not laid upon the Seventy.

Verse 2. - But he that enters in by the door is a shepherd of the sheep. Let him be who he may, Pharisee or priest, prophet or king, pastor or evangelist, unless he approach the sheep by the right "way" he demeans and condemns himself. If he come by the door into the fold, he may be so far presumably a shepherd. One fold might contain several flocks, and a shepherd might lead these flocks into different enclosures according to his wisdom and care for his sheep. Neander, Godet, and Watkins think it possible that the whole imagery may have been borrowed from the eye. The shepherds towards evening were probably gathering their scattered flocks, according to Oriental custom, into their well-known enclosures, and Jesus with his audience might have seen them doing it if they gazed out from the courts of the temple over the neighboring hills (see also Thomson, 'The Land and the Book,' 1:301, a passage which provides an admirable commentary on this parable). There is no absolute need that the customary and well-known habit of the country-side should have been visible at the moment. The abundantly attested practice furnished to his hearers all needful corroboration. The deeper significance of the passage lies in the prophetic symbolism of Jeremiah 23:1-4; Isaiah 40:11; Psalm 23:1-3; Psalm 78:52; Numbers 27:17; Ezekiel 34:23, 31; Ezekiel 37:24. Jehovah was the Shepherd of Israel (Psalm 80:1), and he would appoint once more in their Messiah-King a David, who should be his gracious Representative and Agent. All these representations were gathered up in Christ's wonderful parable of the lost sheep (Luke 15:3-7). Thoma endeavors to credit the author of the Gospel with this ideal picture of the contrast between the true and false shepherd. But he that entereth in by the door,.... With a divine commission, and by a divine authority, who comes not of himself, but is sent; does not take the honour to himself, or thrust in himself, and assume an office to himself, but is called unto it, and invested in it, he

is the shepherd of the sheep; by whom Christ means himself, as is evident from John 10:11, whose the sheep are, and who takes care of them, and feeds them, as a shepherd does his flock; and which holds true of any under shepherd, having his mission and commission, and deriving his authority from Christ. 2. he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep—a true, divinely recognized shepherd.10:1-5 Here is a parable or similitude, taken from the customs of the East, in the management of sheep. Men, as creatures depending on their Creator, are called the sheep of his pasture. The church of God in the world is as a sheep-fold, exposed to deceivers and persecutors. The great Shepherd of the sheep knows all that are his, guards them by his providence, guides them by his Spirit and word, and goes before them, as the Eastern shepherds went before their sheep, to set them in the way of his steps. Ministers must serve the sheep in their spiritual concerns. The Spirit of Christ will set before them an open door. The sheep of Christ will observe their Shepherd, and be cautious and shy of strangers, who would draw them from faith in him to fancies about him.
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