And I give unto them eternal life (kagw didwmi autoi zwhn aiwnion). This is the gift of Jesus now to his sheep as stated in Matthew 6:27 Matthew 6:40 (cf. 1 John 2:25 ; 1 John 5:11 ). And they shall never perish (kai ou mh apolwntai). Emphatic double negative with second aorist middle (intransitive) subjunctive of apollumi, to destroy. The sheep may feel secure ( 1 John 3:16 ; 1 John 6:39 ; 1 John 17:12 ; 1 John 18:9 ). And no one shall snatch them out of my hand (kai ouc arpasei ti auta ek th ceiro mou). Jesus had promised this security in Galilee ( 1 John 6:371 John 6:39 ). No wolf, no thief, no bandit, no hireling, no demon, not even the devil can pluck the sheep out of my hand. Cf. Colossians 3:3 (Your life is hid together with Christ in God).