John 10:27
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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.

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.

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,

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,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Pulpit Commentary

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.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

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.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

27-30. My sheep hear my voice, &c.—(See on [1821]Joh 10:8).

John 10:27 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Unbelief of the Jews
26"But you do not believe because you are not of My sheep. 27"My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; 28and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand.…
Cross References
Isaiah 66:22
"As the new heavens and the new earth that I make will endure before me," declares the LORD, "so will your name and descendants endure.

John 10:4
When he has brought out all 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 sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall 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. …

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