JOHN 10:10

I have come that you might have life

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This verse says, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (NIV).

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The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

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John 10:10 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Greek Meaning/ Definition
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The The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) The
thief κλέπτης A stealer (literally or figuratively) thief
cometh ἔρχεται To come or go (in a great variety of applications, literally and figuratively) cometh
not, οὐκ The absolute negative (compare G3361) adverb; no or not not
but εἰ If, whether, that, etc but
for to ἵνα In order that (denoting the purpose or the result) for to
steal, κλέψῃ To filch steal
and καὶ And, also, even, so then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words and
to kill, θύσῃ Properly, to rush (breathe hard, blow, smoke), i.e., (by implication) to sacrifice (properly, by fire, but genitive case); by extension to immolate (slaughter for any purpose) kill
and καὶ And, also, even, so then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words and
to destroy: ἀπολέσῃ· To destroy fully (reflexively, to perish, or lose), literally or figuratively destroy
I ἐγὼ I, me I
am come ἦλθον To come or go (in a great variety of applications, literally and figuratively) am come
that ἵνα In order that (denoting the purpose or the result) that
they might have ἔχωσιν To hold (used in very various applications, literally or figuratively, direct or remote; such as possession; ability, contiuity, relation, or condition) might
life, ζωὴν Life (literally or figuratively) life
and that καὶ And, also, even, so then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words and that
they might have ἔχωσιν To hold (used in very various applications, literally or figuratively, direct or remote; such as possession; ability, contiuity, relation, or condition) might
it (No Greek definition. English implied.)
more abundantly. περισσὸν Superabundant (in quantity) or superior (in quality); by implication, excessive; adverbially (with G1537) violently; neuter (as noun) preeminence more abundantly

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  • 8  All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them.

  • 9  I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.

  • 10  The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

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

  • 12  But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep.




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