John 10:6-16

6 Jesus used this figure of speech, but the Pharisees did not understand what he was telling them.
7 Therefore Jesus said again, “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep.
8 All who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them.
9 I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved.[a] They will come in and go out, and find pasture.
10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
12 The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it.
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.

John 10:6 in Other Translations

KJV
6 This parable spake Jesus unto them: but they understood not what things they were which he spake unto them.
ESV
6 This figure of speech Jesus used with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them.
NLT
6 Those who heard Jesus use this illustration didn’t understand what he meant,
MSG
6 Jesus told this simple story, but they had no idea what he was talking about.
CSB
6 Jesus gave them this illustration, but they did not understand what He was telling them.

John 10:6-16 In-Context

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.
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.”
6 Jesus used this figure of speech, but the Pharisees did not understand what he was telling them.
7 Therefore Jesus said again, “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep.
8 All who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them.
9 I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved.They will come in and go out, and find pasture.
10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
12 The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it.
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.
18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.”

Cross References 19

  • 1. S John 16:25
  • 2. S Mark 9:32
  • 3. S John 6:35
  • 4. ver 9
  • 5. Jeremiah 23:1,2; Ezekiel 34:2
  • 6. ver 1
  • 7. S John 1:4; John 3:15,16; John 5:40; John 20:31
  • 8. Psalms 65:11; Romans 5:17
  • 9. S John 6:35
  • 10. ver 14; Psalms 23:1; Isaiah 40:11; Eze 34:11-16,23; Matthew 2:6; Luke 12:32; Hebrews 13:20; 1 Peter 2:25; 1 Peter 5:4; Revelation 7:17
  • 11. ver 15,17,18; John 15:13; 1 John 3:16
  • 12. Zechariah 11:16,17
  • 13. S ver 11
  • 14. ver 27; Exodus 33:12
  • 15. Matthew 11:27
  • 16. ver 11,17,18
  • 17. Isaiah 56:8; Acts 10:34,35
  • 18. John 11:52; John 17:20,21; Ephesians 2:11-19
  • 19. Ezekiel 34:23; Ezekiel 37:24; 1 Peter 2:25

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