John 10:15

15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep.

John 10:15 in Other Translations

KJV
15 As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep.
ESV
15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep.
NLT
15 just as my Father knows me and I know the Father. So I sacrifice my life for the sheep.
MSG
15 In the same way, the Father knows me and I know the Father. I put the sheep before myself, sacrificing myself if necessary.
CSB
15 as the Father knows Me, and I know the Father. I lay down My life for the sheep.

John 10:15 Meaning and Commentary

John 10:15

As the Father knoweth me
These words, with what follow, are in connection with ( John 10:14 ) ; and the sense is, that the mutual knowledge of Christ, and his sheep, is like that which his Father and he have of each other. The Father knows Christ as his own Son, and loves him as such, in the most strong and affectionate manner; and has entrusted him with the persons, grace, and glory, of all his people:

even so know I the Father;
or rather, "and I know the Father"; as he needs must, since he lay in his bosom, and still does, and knows his nature, perfections, purposes, and his whole mind and will; and loves him most ardently, which he has shown by his coming down from heaven, to do his will; and trusts in him for the accomplishment of everything he promised unto him:

and I lay down my life for the sheep;
which proves him to be the good shepherd, ( John 10:11 ) . The Vulgate Latin version reads, "for my sheep"; which were his, by the Father's gift, and for no other has he laid down his life. The Ethiopic version, as before, renders it, or rather explains it, "I lay down my life for the redemption of my sheep".

John 10:15 In-Context

13 The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.
14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me—
15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep.
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.
17 The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again.

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