John 10:10
New International Version
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

New Living Translation
The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.

English Standard Version
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.

Berean Study Bible
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I have come that they may have life, and have it in all its fullness.

Berean Literal Bible
The thief comes only that he might steal and might kill and might destroy. I came that they may have life, and may have it abundantly.

New American Standard Bible
"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.

New King James Version
The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

King James Bible
The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

Christian Standard Bible
A thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I have come so that they may have life and have it in abundance.

Contemporary English Version
A thief comes only to rob, kill, and destroy. I came so everyone would have life, and have it fully.

Good News Translation
The thief comes only in order to steal, kill, and destroy. I have come in order that you might have life--life in all its fullness.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A thief comes only to steal and to kill and to destroy. I have come so that they may have life and have it in abundance.

International Standard Version
The thief comes only to steal, slaughter, and destroy. I've come that they may have life, and have it abundantly.

NET Bible
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come so that they may have life, and may have it abundantly.

New Heart English Bible
The thief only comes to steal, kill, and destroy. I came that they may have life, and may have it abundantly.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“But a thief does not come except to steal, kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life and have whatever is abundant.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A thief comes to steal, kill, and destroy. But I came so that my sheep will have life and so that they will have everything they need.

New American Standard 1977
“The thief comes only to steal, and kill, and destroy; I came that they might have life, and might have it abundantly.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The thief comes not but for to steal and to kill and to destroy the sheep; I am come that they might have life and that they might have it in abundance.

King James 2000 Bible
The thief comes not, but to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

American King James Version
The thief comes not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

American Standard Version
The thief cometh not, but that he may steal, and kill, and destroy: I came that they may have life, and may have it abundantly.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I am come that they may have life, and may have it more abundantly.

Darby Bible Translation
The thief comes not but that he may steal, and kill, and destroy: I am come that they might have life, and might have [it] abundantly.

English Revised Version
The thief cometh not, but that he may steal, and kill, and destroy: I came that they may have life, and may have it abundantly.

Webster's Bible Translation
The thief cometh not, but to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

Weymouth New Testament
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy: I have come that they may have Life, and may have it in abundance.

World English Bible
The thief only comes to steal, kill, and destroy. I came that they may have life, and may have it abundantly.

Young's Literal Translation
The thief doth not come, except that he may steal, and kill, and destroy; I came that they may have life, and may have it abundantly.
Study Bible
Jesus the Good Shepherd
9I am the gate. If anyone enters through Me, he will be saved. He will come in and go out and find pasture. 10The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I have come that they may have life, and have it in all its fullness. 11I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.…
Cross References
John 5:40
yet you refuse to come to Me to have life.

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

Treasury of Scripture

The thief comes not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

thief.

John 10:1
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.

John 12:6
This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein.

Isaiah 56:11
Yea, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are shepherds that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every one for his gain, from his quarter.

I am.

John 3:17
For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

John 6:33,51
For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world…

John 12:47
And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.

more abundantly.

Romans 5:13-21
(For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law…

Hebrews 6:17
Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath:

Hebrews 7:25
Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.







Lexicon
The
(ho)
Article - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

thief
κλέπτης (kleptēs)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2812: A thief. From klepto; a stealer.

comes
ἔρχεται (erchetai)
Verb - Present Indicative Middle or Passive - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 2064: To come, go.

only
εἰ (ei)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1487: If. A primary particle of conditionality; if, whether, that, etc.

to
ἵνα (hina)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2443: In order that, so that. Probably from the same as the former part of heautou; in order that.

steal
κλέψῃ (klepsē)
Verb - Aorist Subjunctive Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 2813: To steal. A primary verb; to filch.

and
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2532: And, even, also, namely.

kill
θύσῃ (thysē)
Verb - Aorist Subjunctive Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 2380: A primary verb; properly, to rush, i.e. to sacrifice; by extension to immolate.

and
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2532: And, even, also, namely.

destroy.
ἀπολέσῃ (apolesē)
Verb - Aorist Subjunctive Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 622: From apo and the base of olethros; to destroy fully, literally or figuratively.

I
ἐγὼ (egō)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Nominative 1st Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1473: I, the first-person pronoun. A primary pronoun of the first person I.

have come
ἦλθον (ēlthon)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 1st Person Singular
Strong's Greek 2064: To come, go.

that
ἵνα (hina)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2443: In order that, so that. Probably from the same as the former part of heautou; in order that.

they may have
ἔχωσιν (echōsin)
Verb - Present Subjunctive Active - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 2192: To have, hold, possess. Including an alternate form scheo skheh'-o; a primary verb; to hold.

life,
ζωὴν (zōēn)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 2222: Life, both of physical (present) and of spiritual (particularly future) existence. From zao; life.

and
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2532: And, even, also, namely.

have [it]
ἔχωσιν (echōsin)
Verb - Present Subjunctive Active - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 2192: To have, hold, possess. Including an alternate form scheo skheh'-o; a primary verb; to hold.

in all its fullness.
περισσὸν (perisson)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 4053: From peri; superabundant or superior; by implication, excessive; adverbially violently; neuter preeminence.
(10) The thief cometh not, but for to steal.--Comp. Notes on John 10:1; John 10:8. The description of the thief is opposed to that of the shepherd, who constantly goes in and out and finds pasture. His visits are but rare, and when he comes it is but for his own selfish purposes, and for the ruin of the flock. Each detail of his cruel work is dwelt upon, to bring out in all the baseness of its extent the corresponding spiritual truth.

I am come that they might have life.--More exactly, I came that they might have life. The pronoun should be emphasised. I came, as opposed to the thief. He does not further dwell upon the shepherd, but passes on to the thought of Himself, and thereby prepares the way for the thought of Himself as the Good Shepherd in the following verse. The object of His coming is the direct opposite of that of the thief, who comes only to steal and to kill and to destroy. He came once for all, that in Him the sheep may have life. (Comp. John 6:50-51.) The Sinaitic MS. inserts the word "eternal" here--"that they might have life eternal." The word is probably not part of the original text, and the thought is rather of the present spiritual life which every believer now hath, and which will issue in eternal life. But comp. Note on John 10:28.

And that they might have it more abundantly.--Better, and that they might have it abundantly. The word "more" is an insertion of the English version without any authority, and it weakens the sense. It is not that a greater is compared with a less abundance, but that the abundance of life which results through Christ's coming is contrasted with the spiritual wants and death which He came to remove. This life is through Him given to men abundantly, overflowingly. We are reminded of the Shepherd-King's Psalm singing of the "green pastures," and "waters of rest," and "prepared table," and "overflowing cup"; and carrying all this into the region of the spiritual life we come again to the opening words of this Gospel, "And of His fulness did we all receive, and grace for grace" . . . "grace and truth came by Jesus Christ" (John 1:16-17).

Verse 10. - The thief cometh not, but that he may steal, and kill, and destroy. Christ, elaborating, evolving, what is contained in the image of "thief," regards his rival as the thief of souls; he whose pretension to be a way to God is based on no inward and eternal reality, who comes for no other purpose than to make the sheep his own, not to give them pasture; to sacrifice them to his selfish ends, to use them for his own purposes, not to deal with them graciously for theirs; but to destroy, since in the pursuit of his selfish ends he wastes both life and pasture. A terrible impeachment, this of all who have not recognized the true Door into the sheepfold, who would shut up the way of life that they may exalt their own order, would diminish the chances of souls in order to secure their own position. This forms the transition to the second interpretation of the parabolic words; for he adds, I came that they might have life, and that they might have it abundantly; more even than they can possibly use. This is one of the grandest of our Lord's claims. He gives like God from overflowing stores (Titus 3:6). Those who receive life from him have within them perennial sources of life for others - fullness of being (see notes, John 7:38; John 4:14). One of the differentiae of "life" is "abundance" of supply beyond immediate possibility of use. Life has the future in its arms. Life propagates new life. Life has untold capacities about it - beauty, fragrance, strength, growth, variety, reproduction, resistance to death, continuity, eternity. In the Logos is life - and Christ came to give it, to communicate "life to the non-living, to the dead in trespasses, and to those in their graves" (John 5:26). 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.
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