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John 10:12-13

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10:12 The hired hand, 1  who is not a shepherd and does not own sheep, sees the wolf coming and abandons 2  the sheep and runs away. 3  So the wolf attacks 4  the sheep and scatters them. 10:13 Because he is a hired hand and is not concerned about the sheep, 5  he runs away. 6 

1 sn Jesus contrasts the behavior of the shepherd with that of the hired hand. This is a worker who is simply paid to do a job; he has no other interest in the sheep and is certainly not about to risk his life for them. When they are threatened, he simply runs away.

2 tn Grk “leaves.”

3 tn Or “flees.”

4 tn Or “seizes.” The more traditional rendering, “snatches,” has the idea of seizing something by force and carrying it off, which is certainly possible here. However, in the sequence in John 10:12, this action precedes the scattering of the flock of sheep, so “attacks” is preferable.

5 tn Grk “does not have a care for the sheep.”

6 tc The phrase “he runs away” is lacking in several important mss (Ì44vid,45,66,75 א A*vid B D L [W] Θ 1 33 1241 al co). Most likely it was added by a later scribe to improve the readability of vv. 12-13, which is one long sentence in Greek. It has been included in the translation for the same stylistic reasons.



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