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

New Living Translation
After he has gathered his own flock, he walks ahead of them, and they follow him because they know his voice.

English Standard Version
When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.

New American Standard Bible
"When he puts forth all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice.

King James Bible
And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When he has brought all his own outside, he goes ahead of them. The sheep follow him because they recognize his voice.

International Standard Version
When he has driven out all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they recognize his voice.

NET Bible
When he has brought all his own sheep out, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they recognize his voice.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And when he has brought forth his flock, he goes before it and his own sheep go after him, because they know his voice.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
After he has brought out all his sheep, he walks ahead of them. The sheep follow him because they recognize his voice.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And when he puts forth his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.

King James 2000 Bible
And when he puts forth his own sheep, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.

American King James Version
And when he puts forth his own sheep, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.

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

Douay-Rheims Bible
And when he hath let out his own sheep, he goeth before them: and the sheep follow him, because they know his voice.

Darby Bible Translation
When he has put forth all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, because they know his voice.

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

Webster's Bible Translation
And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.

Weymouth New Testament
When he has brought out his own sheep--all of them--he walks at the head of them; and the sheep follow him, because they know his voice.

World English Bible
Whenever he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.

Young's Literal Translation
and when his own sheep he may put forth, before them he goeth on, and the sheep follow him, because they have known his voice;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 4. - In like manner, our Lord continues to describe what every true shepherd of men has done and ever will do: When he hath put forth all his own, and not another's, drawn them by the music of his voice, or constrained them by the sweet violence of his love, or even compelled them to go forth from a fold in which they may find security, but not pasture; and when he has marshaled them into obedience and into thankful trust by the strength of his sympathy and knowledge of their need, he goeth before them. He is their leader and example; he shows them in his own life the kind of provision made for them; he shares with them the perils of the wilderness, and first of all is prepared to grapple with their fierce foes, "He drinks of the brook in the way." The highest meaning, the only complete interpretation, of this passage is found when Christ himself is the Shepherd, who does summon from the old enclosure "all his own," all who have entered into living harmony with himself. And the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. Nothing is here said of "lost sheep" or of "goats;" these are all the "ideal sheep" of the flock, individuals who recognize the voice of the true Leader, and discriminate their own shepherd from all others, whether pretenders to their affections or destroyers of their lives - wolves or butchers, thieves or robbers. Should we persist in interpreting the apologue as it stands, a question arises about the πρόβατα that are not the shepherd's" own." Some have answered it by supposing that the latter are the chief of his own flock, who will bring the rest after them. The truth is not obscurely hinted of that election to highest privileges and duties, which does not declare that the rest are not sheep at all.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And when he putteth forth his own sheep,.... The Ethiopic version reads, "when he leads them all out"; in order to bring them into proper pastures:

he goeth before them; in allusion to the eastern shepherds, who when they put out their flocks, did not, as ours do, drive them before them, and follow after them, at least not always, but went before them: so Christ, the great shepherd, goes before his flock, not only to provide for them, but by way of example to them; in many instances he is an ensample to the flock, as under shepherds, according to the measure of grace received, should be: he has left them an example in many respects, that they should tread in his steps:

and the sheep follow him; in the exercise of the graces of humility, love, patience, self-denial, and resignation of will to the will of God; and in the discharge of duty, walking, in some measure, as he walked.

For they know his voice; in the Gospel, which directs and encourages them to exercise grace in him, and to walk in the path of duty: this they know by the majesty and authority of it; and by the power with which it comes to their souls; and by its speaking of him, and leading to him; and by the evenness, harmony, and consistency of it. The Persic version renders the whole thus; "when he calls and leads out the sheep, they go before him, and their lambs after them, for they know his voice".



John 10:4 Additional Commentaries
Context
Jesus the Good Shepherd
3"To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4"When he puts forth all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. 5"A stranger they simply will not follow, but will flee from him, because they do not know the voice of strangers."…
Cross References
John 10:3
The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.

John 10:5
But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger's voice."

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.

John 10:27
My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.
Treasury of Scripture

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