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