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John 10:11

    John 10:11 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd gives his life for the sheep.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd layeth down his life for the sheep.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    I am the good keeper of sheep: the good keeper gives his life for the sheep.

    Webster's Revision

    I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd layeth down his life for the sheep.

    World English Bible

    I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd layeth down his life for the sheep.

    Clarke's Commentary on John 10:11

    I am the good shepherd - Whose character is the very reverse of that which has already been described. In John 10:7, John 10:9, our Lord had called himself the door of the sheep, as being the sole way to glory, and entrance into eternal life; here he changes the thought, and calls himself the shepherd, because of what he was to do for them that believe in him, in order to prepare them for eternal glory.

    Giveth his life for the sheep - That is, gives up his soul as a sacrifice to save them from eternal death.

    Some will have the phrase here only to mean hazarding his life in order to protect others; but the 15th, 17th, and 18th verses, as well as the whole tenor of the new covenant, sufficiently prove that the first sense is that in which our Lord's words should be understood.

    Barnes' Notes on John 10:11

    The good shepherd - The faithful and true shepherd, willing to do all that is necessary to defend and save the flock.

    Giveth his life - A shepherd that regarded his flock would hazard his own life to defend them. When the wolf comes, he would still remain to protect them. To give his life, here, means the same as not to fly, or to forsake his flock; to be willing to expose his life, if necessary, to defend them. Compare Judges 12:3; "I put my life in my hands and passed over," etc.; 1 Samuel 19:5; 1 Samuel 28:21. See John 10:15. The Messiah was often predicted under the character of a shepherd.