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John 10:15-16

10:15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father – and I lay down my life 1  for 2  the sheep. 10:16 I have 3  other sheep that do not come from 4  this sheepfold. 5  I must bring them too, and they will listen to my voice, 6  so that 7  there will be one flock and 8  one shepherd.

John 10:26-28

10:26 But you refuse to believe because you are not my sheep. 10:27 My sheep listen to my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. 10:28 I give 9  them eternal life, and they will never perish; 10  no one will snatch 11  them from my hand.

1 tn Or “I die willingly.”

2 tn Or “on behalf of” or “for the sake of.”

3 tn Grk “And I have.” Because of the difference between Greek style, which often begins sentences or clauses with “and,” and English style, which generally does not, καί (kai) has not been translated here.

4 tn Or “that do not belong to”; Grk “that are not of.”

5 sn The statement I have other sheep that do not come from this sheepfold almost certainly refers to Gentiles. Jesus has sheep in the fold who are Jewish; there are other sheep which, while not of the same fold, belong to him also. This recalls the mission of the Son in 3:16-17, which was to save the world – not just the nation of Israel. Such an emphasis would be particularly appropriate to the author if he were writing to a non-Palestinian and primarily non-Jewish audience.

6 tn Grk “they will hear my voice.”

7 tn Grk “voice, and.”

8 tn The word “and” is not in the Greek text, but must be supplied to conform to English style. In Greek it is an instance of asyndeton (omission of a connective), usually somewhat emphatic.

9 tn Grk “And I give.”

10 tn Or “will never die” or “will never be lost.”

11 tn Or “no one will seize.”

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