John 10:27
Verse (Click for Chapter)
New International Version
My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.

New Living Translation
My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.

English Standard Version
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.

Berean Study Bible
My sheep listen to My voice; I know them, and they follow Me.

Berean Literal Bible
My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.

New American Standard Bible
"My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me;

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

Holman Christian Standard Bible
My sheep hear My voice, I know them, and they follow Me.

International Standard Version
My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me.

NET Bible
My sheep listen to my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.

New Heart English Bible
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“My sheep hear my voice and I know them and they follow Me.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
My sheep respond to my voice, and I know who they are. They follow me,

New American Standard 1977
“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me;

Jubilee Bible 2000
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me;

King James 2000 Bible
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:

American King James Version
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:

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

Douay-Rheims Bible
My sheep hear my voice: and I know them, and they follow me.

Darby Bible Translation
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me;

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

Webster's Bible Translation
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:

Weymouth New Testament
My sheep listen to my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.

World English Bible
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.

Young's Literal Translation
according as I said to you: My sheep my voice do hear, and I know them, and they follow me,
Study Bible
The Unbelief of the Jews
26But because you are not My sheep, you refuse to believe. 27My sheep listen to My voice; I know them, and they follow Me. 28I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them out of My hand.…
Cross References
Isaiah 66:22
"For just as the new heavens and the new earth Which I make will endure before Me," declares the LORD, "So your offspring and your name will endure.

John 10:4
When he has brought out all who are his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice.

John 10:14
I am the good shepherd. I know My sheep and My sheep know Me,

John 10:16
I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them in as well, and they will listen to My voice. Then there will be one flock and one shepherd.
Treasury of Scripture

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

sheep.

John 10:4,8,16 And when he puts forth his own sheep, he goes before them, and the …

John 5:25 Truly, truly, I say to you, The hour is coming, and now is, when …

John 8:43 Why do you not understand my speech? even because you cannot hear my word.

Matthew 17:5 While he yet spoke, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and …

Acts 3:23 And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear that …

Hebrews 3:7 Why (as the Holy Ghost said, To day if you will hear his voice,

Revelation 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, …

and I.

John 10:3,14 To him the porter opens; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calls …

Matthew 7:23 And then will I profess to them, I never knew you: depart from me, …

Matthew 25:12 But he answered and said, Truly I say to you, I know you not.

Luke 13:27 But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not from where you are; …

1 Corinthians 8:3 But if any man love God, the same is known of him.

Galatians 4:9 But now, after that you have known God, or rather are known of God, …

2 Timothy 2:19 Nevertheless the foundation of God stands sure, having this seal, …

and they.

John 10:4 And when he puts forth his own sheep, he goes before them, and the …

John 8:12 Then spoke Jesus again to them, saying, I am the light of the world: …

John 12:26 If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall …

John 21:22 Jesus said to him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that …

1 Kings 18:21 And Elijah came to all the people, and said, How long halt you between …

Matthew 16:24 Then said Jesus to his disciples, If any man will come after me, …

Mark 8:34 And when he had called the people to him with his disciples also, …

Mark 10:21 Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said to him, One thing you …

Luke 9:23 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny …

Revelation 14:4 These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. …

(27, 28) The reference to those who believe not because they were not of His sheep, introduces the contrast between them and those who were, and the position of the true members of the flock is expanded in this pair of parallel clauses. One member of each pair refers to the act or state of the sheep; and the other to the act or gift of the Shepherd. The pairs proceed in a climax from the first response of the conscience which recognises the divine voice to the eternal home which is in the Father's presence.

(1)"My sheep hear My voice," . . "and I know them;"

(2)"And they follow Me" . . "and I give unto them eternal life;"

(3)"And they shall never perish" . . . "neither shall any man pluck them out of My hand."

By reading successively the clauses placed on the left side of the page, we trace the progress of the human act and state; by reading, in the same way, the clauses on the right side of the page, we trace the progress of the divine gift; by reading each pair in the order of the text, we see how at each stage the gift is proportioned to the faculty which can receive it.

The earlier clauses are familiar to us from the preceding discourse, but some expressions will need a word of explanation.

Eternal life.--Comp. John 10:10, where the word "eternal" is added in some readings. Here the verb is in the present, "I give (am now giving) them." (Comp. John 3:15; John 5:24; John 6:47 et seq.). We cannot be too careful to observe that our Lord's thoughts of "eternal life" is never of the future only. It is a development, rather than a simply future existence. We shall live eternally, because we now live spiritually in communion with the Spirit who is Eternal.

And they shall never perish.--Comp. Notes on John 8:51; John 11:25-26. The negative is in the strongest form--"They shall by no means perish for ever."

Neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.--Better (comp. John 10:18), and none shall pluck them . . . The words should not be limited by the insertion of the word man. They are to be taken as including every spiritual foe; all thieves and robbers that would break into the fold; all wolves that would rend the flock; the adversary who "as a roaring lion walketh about seeking whom he may devour." (Comp. especially for the full thought of no separation from Christ, Romans 8:38-39.) The words "out of my hand" express alike the strength which protects, and guidance which leads, and comfort which cherishes. (See Isaiah 40:11.) Out of this hand none shall pluck. Yet we are to bear in mind that the sheep itself may wander from the shepherd's care, and that all the fulness of these promises depends upon the human will, which is included in the first clause, "My sheep hear my voice . . . and they follow me."

Verses 27-30. -

(2) Christ's claim to equality of power and essence, and similarity of gracious operation with the Father. Verses 27, 28. - My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: and I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any one pluck them out of my hand. Commentators have differed as to the arrangement of these two verses - whether the six assertions should be regarded as two triplets, in the first of which the sheep of Christ are made prominent, and in the latter of which the Shepherd; thus -

(l) The sheep -

"My sheep hear my voice" (their receptivity).

"And I know them" (the Lord's response to their faith).

"And they follow me" (their active obedience).

(2) The Shepherd -

"I give them eternal life" (involving freedom from peril and death).

"They shall not perish forever."

"No one (not man or devil, wolf or hireling)

shall pluck them out of my hand."

This is not so satisfactory as the arrangement which puts this weighty saying into three couplets instead of two triplets; in which the sheep are the prominent theme of each proposition. The three couplets display the climacteric character of the wondrous rhythm and interchange of emotion between the Divine Shepherd and the sheep-

"My sheep hear my voice, and I know them" = mutual recognition.

"They follow me, and I give them eternal life" = reciprocal activity.

"They shall not perish forever, and no one shall pluck them out of my hand" = an authoritative assurance, and its pledge or justification.

Christ's knowledge of the sheep corresponds with their recognition of his supreme claims; theft active trust is rewarded by his greatest gift; their indefeasible birthright is guaranteed by his limitless authority and power to protect them. It would be gross perversion of the passage to urge this indefeasible birthright on the ground of a few occasional flashes of conscious assurance and without any recognition of all the terms of the relation. My sheep hear my voice,.... The voice of Christ in his Gospel, both externally and internally; See Gill on John 10:4, See Gill on John 10:16; and since therefore these Jews did not, it was a plain case they were not of his sheep:

and I know them; See Gill on John 10:14; but Christ knew not these as the elect of God, or as the Father's gift to him, and therefore they could not be his sheep:

and they follow me; both in the exercise of grace, and in the discharge of duty, and whithersoever he the good shepherd leads them; See Gill on John 10:3, See Gill on John 10:4. But now, whereas these Jews did not follow Christ, but turned their backs on him, and rejected him, it was notorious that they were none of his sheep; but both happy and safe are those persons, that are the sheep of Christ, as appears from what is next said of them. 27-30. My sheep hear my voice, etc.—(See on [1821]Joh 10:8).10:22-30 All who have any thing to say to Christ, may find him in the temple. Christ would make us to believe; we make ourselves doubt. The Jews understood his meaning, but could not form his words into a full charge against him. He described the gracious disposition and happy state of his sheep; they heard and believed his word, followed him as his faithful disciples, and none of them should perish; for the Son and the Father were one. Thus he was able to defend his sheep against all their enemies, which proves that he claimed Divine power and perfection equally with the Father.
Jump to Previous
Ear Follow Hear Sheep Voice
Jump to Next
Ear Follow Hear Sheep Voice
Links
John 10:27 NIV
John 10:27 NLT
John 10:27 ESV
John 10:27 NASB
John 10:27 KJV

John 10:27 Biblia Paralela
John 10:27 Chinese Bible
John 10:27 French Bible
John 10:27 German Bible

Alphabetical: and follow hear I know listen me My sheep them they to voice

NT Gospels: John 10:27 My sheep hear my voice and (Jhn Jo Jn) Christian Bible Study Resources, Dictionary, Concordance and Search Tools
John 10:26
Top of Page
Top of Page