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John 10:14

    John 10:14 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    I am the good shepherd; and I know mine own, and mine own know me,

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    I am the good keeper; I have knowledge of my sheep, and they have knowledge of me,

    Webster's Revision

    I am the good shepherd; and I know mine own, and mine own know me,

    World English Bible

    I am the good shepherd. I know my own, and I'm known by my own;

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    I am the good shepherd; and I know mine own, and mine own know me,

    Clarke's Commentary on John 10:14

    I-- know my sheep - I know, τα εμα, them that are mine: I know their hearts, their wishes, their purposes, their circumstances; and I approve of them; for in this sense the word to know is often taken in the Scriptures. Homer represents the goatherds as being so well acquainted with their own, though mixed with others, as easily to distinguish them.

    Τους δ', ὡς' αιπολια πλατε' αιγων αιπολοι ανδρες

    Ῥεια διακρινεωσιν, επει κε νομῳ μιγεωσιν.

    Iliad. 2.474.

    "As goat-herds separate their numerous flocks

    With ease, though fed promiscuous."

    And are known of mine - They know me as their father, protector, and Savior; they acknowledge me and my truth before the world; and they approve of me, my word, my ordinances, and my people, and manifest this by their attachment to me, and their zeal for my glory. The first clause of the 15th verse should be joined to the fourteenth.

    Barnes' Notes on John 10:14

    Know my sheep - Know my people, or my church. The word "know" here is used in the sense of affectionate regard or love. It implies such a knowledge of their wants, their dangers, and their characters, as to result in a deep interest in their welfare. Thus the word "knoweth," in John 10:15, is in John 10:17 explained by the word "loveth." Jesus knows the hearts, the dangers, and the wants of his people, and his kindness as their shepherd prompts him to defend and aid them.

    Am known of mine - That is, he is known and loved as their Saviour and Friend. They have seen their sins, and dangers: and wants; they have felt their need of a Saviour; they have come to him, and they have found him and his doctrines to be such as they need, and they have loved him. And as a flock follows and obeys its kind shepherd, so they follow and obey him who leads them beside the still waters, and makes them to lie down in green pastures.

    Wesley's Notes on John 10:14

    10:14 I know my sheep - With a tender regard and special care: and am known of mine - With a holy confidence and affection.