10:1 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not [GBT: +in] by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other [G: another] way, the same [G: he] is a thief and a robber.      qtext

10:2 But he that entereth [GT: goeth] in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.      qtext

10:3 To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out.      qtext


(John 10:1-18) GFJN 186; DGA 166; IP3: 63-65

(John 10:1-16) JN1: 304

(John 10:1) GFJN 335; GF3: 72, 571; GF5: 231; MFU 82, 133f; JN1: 99, 275, 288; JN2: 6; JN3: 56; IP1: 126, 155, 210, 254; RBA 21, 239; RBAF 14, 180; HPS 317, 333; JSS 14, 29

(John 10:1f) GF4: 47; JN1: 219 (GF); WPT 327

(John 10:2) JN2: 587; IP3: 8

(John 10:3-5) IP3: 176

(John 10:3) JN2: 352, 437; JN3: 52, 126; IP1: 44; IP3: 492

(John 10:3f) GF5: 319; JN2: 104; IP1: 389; IP3: 386; IP4: 357


(John 10:1-18)

IP3:63-65 (1667): [mini-commentary:] Some sensible experimental questions and answers from the tenth chapter of John [10:1-18]: 1. Who is the good Shepherd of the sheep? .... 2. Who are the sheep? ... 3. What is the fold of the sheep? .... 4. Who is the door? .... 5. What are they that run before the power, or further than the power leads or guides them?.... [Etc. ]

(John 10:1)

[Other texts citing John 10:1: GF3:72 (Gen 19:1- 11), JN1:275 (Luk 19:8), IP1:210 (Mat 8:11f), IP1:254 (Rev 3:7)]

GFJN 335f ([1658]): So he began to tell me how the Word became flesh and dwelt amongst them [John 1:14]. "Yes," said I, "that is true amongst the disciples, but he was revealed by the light and spirit; so thou art climbed up another way than the door [John 10:1]. And thou hast known something formerly, but now there is a mountain of earth and imaginations up in thee and from that rises a smoke which has darkened thy brain; and thou art not the man as thou wert formerly."

MFU 133f (1655): And if ever ye come to know the living God or to witness true peace in him, ye shall own us, and our testimony to be true. And all the false hirelings and thieves and robbers which climbs up another way [John 10:1] to be liars. And all that ever calls themselves ministers of the gospel, let them profess what they will, though they seem never so zealous or godly, yet if they come not in at this door which is Jesus Christ the light but climbs up another way & denies the light, let them be never so high, they are thieves & robbers & no ministers of Jesus Christ....

JSS 29f (17–): His whole aim as man, in his own activity in religion, is to climb up some other way [John 10:1]; and among his many inventions, that he may seem to come in by Christ, he has hewn out the broken cistern [Jer 2:13] of the imputation of Christ’s righteousness to man in transgression!

(John 10:2)

[Other texts citing John 10:2: WPT 327 (Heb 3:1)]

JN2:587f (1655): Instance if thou canst out of the Scriptures of any that entered in at the door [John 10:2] that ever sued any at the law for tithes or wages. If thou canst not prove it by the Scripture thou art antichrist that doth not abide in the doctrine of Christ [2 Jn 1:9], & no minister of Christ but one of Baal's priests [Jer 2:8]. Christ saith to his ministers, freely you have received, freely give [Mat 10:8]. (continued under Mat 10:8)

(John 10:3-5)

IP3:176 (1668): Quest. How may a man know the motions, doctrines, and teachings of Christ's Spirit inwardly, from the deceivable movings, appearings, and workings of a contrary spirit? .... Ans. .... He must be born of the wisdom that is from above [Jas 3:17], he must receive a spirit of discerning [1 Cor 2:14] from God, he must receive somewhat of the sheep's ear [John 10:3-5], somewhat of the holy understanding, whereby he may be able to ... put a difference between the pure and impure [Jer 15:19]; between the pretender to the things of God, and him which is indeed of God.

(John 10:3)

[Other texts citing John 10:3: JN2:437 (1 Pet 2:25)]

IP3:492 (1672): O, that thou knewest my voice; shall I say, if thou knewest the Shepherd and Bishop of the soul [1 Pet 2:25], thou wouldest know my voice, because it is not mine, but the voice of the Shepherd [John 10:3,27] in me and through me. I do not say that every word I speak is the voice of the Shepherd; but indeed the words which spring from his life in me, and which his life and power gives forth, are no less.

(John 10:3f)

[Other texts citing John 10:3f: IP1:389 (Mat 7:15)]


10:4 And when he putteth [GBT: hath sent] forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.      qtext

10:5 And [BT: omit] a stranger will they not follow [G: they will not follow a stranger], but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.      qtext

10:6 This parable [B: proverb; T: similitude] spake Jesus unto them: but they understood not what things they were which he spake unto them.


(John 10:4) GFJN 89; GF3: 39; GF4: 326; GF6: 57; GF7: 118 [123], 199 [203], 202 [206], 237 [222], 238 [223]; GF8: 247 [391]; JN1: 10 (GF); JN2: 230, 461; JN3: 65, 323; IP1: 31, 32, 165; IP2: 209, 277; IP3: 166, 211, 268, 314, 323, 337, 408, 508; IP4: 27, 164, 226, 235, 243, 257, 281, 337, 379; JWJM 35, 57, 59, 115; JSS 11

(John 10:4f) MFU 25; HPS 290; 456 (MF); JN1: 56, 377; JN2: 79, 400 (TB); IP2: 336, 364, 428, 435, 479; IP3: 16, 65, 136, 242, 250, 281; IP4: 212, 300, 318; RBA 65; JWJM 174; WTG 70, 71 (SM), 209 (EH); SIW 68f, 122

(John 10:5) GF7: 19 [5]; JN1: 171; JN3: 531 (EB); JSS 22

(John 10:6) JN3: 455


(John 10:4)

[Other texts citing John 10:4: GF7:199 (John 10:10f), GF7: 202 (John 10:16),(IP1:165 (Rev 14:4), IP3:166f (1 Jn 4:6), IP3:323 (Mat 11:15), JSS 11 (John 21:6)]

JN1:10 (George Fox, 1653): The old man cannot endure to hear the new man speak [Eph 4:22- 24], which is Christ; and Christ is the way; and if Christ be in you [Rom 8:10], must not he say, "I am the way, the truth, and the life [John 14:6]"? Now if antichrist speak, he is owned of the world; but he cannot witness it; while the old man reigns, the voice of God is not known, nor Christ himself to speak in man, but Christ's sheep know his voice [John 10:4].

JN2:230 (1654): How hath the enemy of your souls deceived you, and kept you spending hours and days talking of him what he was, and what he will be at a distance without you, but knows not him at hand what he is, so that when he would appear in you to lead you out of the world, you know not his voice [John 10:4], nor will you obey him in Spirit, because he is not come in your form nor teacheth after your will and in your way....

JWJM 59 (17–): As the people in this and the southern provinces live much on the labour of slaves, many of whom are used hardly, my concern was that I might attend with singleness of heart [Eph 6:5] to the voice of the True Shepherd [John 10:4] and be so supported as to remain unmoved at the faces of men.

(John 10:4f)

[Other texts citing John 10:4f: MFU 25/HPS 456 (2 Pet 2:20-22)]

IP2:364 (1663): If life speak in one vessel, and its voice be not heard or owned by another vessel, the pure ear (in that other vessel) is not at that time open, but there is somewhat there that obstructs. And if the pure ear of the sheep be not open to hear the voice of the Shepherd, but it be accounted strange, it is much if the other ear in that vessel be not opened to hear the voice of the stranger, and to look upon it as the voice of the Shepherd [John 10:4f], it agreeing with that, and answering to that, which now goeth for the voice of the measure of life in that heart. He that hath an ear, let him hear [Rev 2:7, etc]; for it is easy being taken in this snare, and the danger thereof is very great.

RBA 65 (1678, III.1): What should then become of Christians, it they had not received that Spirit, and those spiritual senses, by which they know how to discern the true from the false? It is the privilege of Christ's sheep indeed that they hear his voice, and refuse that of a stranger [John 10:4f]; which privilege being taken away, we are left a prey to all manner of wolves [John 10:12].

SIW 68f (Catherine Payton Phillips, 178–): it is difficult for these at all times (especially when young in religious experience) to keep the quiet habitation [Isa 33:20], wherein alone the voice of the true Shepherd is to be heard, and distinguished from that of the stranger’s [John 10:4f]. But as the will becomes gradually resigned to that of God, and the imagination in its natural working silenced, and the soul comes more constantly to worship in the Lord's temple; the adversary in these false appearances is bound [Mat 12:29], or if suffered to present them, there is strength acquired to stand still and try the spirits [1 Jn 4:1].

(John 10:5)

[Other texts citing John 10:5: JN1:171f (Mat 7:22f), JSS 22 (Mat 18:10)]

GF7:19 (to his parents, 1652): To that of God in you both [Rom 1:19] I speak, and do beseech you both for the Lord's sake, to return within, and wait to hear the voice of the Lord there; and waiting there, and keeping close to the Lord, a discerning will grow, that ye may distinguish the voice of the stranger [John 10:5], when ye hear it.


10:7 Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the [G: that] door of the sheep.      qtext

10:8 All that ever [BT: even as many as] came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them.      qtext

10:9 I am the [G: that] door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved [BT: safe], and shall go in and out, and find pasture.      qtext

10:10 The [B: A] thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to [BT: omit] kill, and to [T: omits] destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might [GT: omit] have it more abundantly [G: in abundance] .      qtext

10:11 I am the [G: that] good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the [G: his] sheep.      qtext


(John 10:7-13) GF5: 57; MFS 50

(John 10:7-9) RBA 87; RBAF 67; IPL 45; IP1: 201

(John 10:7) GF3: 100; JN2: 6; IP3: 408; WPR 313; WPT 106, 327

(John 10:7f) IP3: 33, 64

(John 10:8) HPS 296; JSS 22

(John 10:9) GFJN 344; GF7: 55 [45], 324 [262]; JN3: 528; IP3: 161; IP4: 357; JSS 22

(John 10:10) GF7: 119 [123], 225 [221]; GFEJ 95; GFT 177; MFS 103; MFU 10, 377; WPR 500

(John 10:10f) GF7: 199 [203]; GFEJ 157

(John 10:11) GF6: 74; GF7: 238 [223]; MFU 133; EQ 541 (BR); WPR 313; WPT 106

(John 10:11f) GFJN 212; IP1: 200


(John 10:7-9)

[Other texts citing John 10:7-9: RBA 86f (Gen 3:24)]

(John 10:8)

JSS 22 (17–) : Were Moses and the prophets, and John, who came before him to prepare his way [Mat 3:3],thieves and robbers [John 10:8]? Nay, verily, they came not before him in this sense; for he came in them, and was their leader; and all the real message of God by them, was through him. He is "the word of the Lord, that came unto them." The same word that was in the beginning [John 1:1]. But whenever man, of himself, out of Christ, meddles in the things of God, he is a thief, takes that which is not his, sets his post by God’s post [Ezek 43:8], and robs the babe of his honour.

(John 10:9)

[Other texts citing John 10:9: GF7:323f, IP3:160f (both John 14:6)]

JSS 22 (17–): Christ is the door [John 10:9]. Is there a door of entrance into the kingdom in our hearts? If so, it is Christ in us [Col 1:27]; there is no other door, nothing can open to receive him, nor enter into the kingdom with him, but that which is of him; all else is,and ever will be, darkness, and cannot comprehend the light [John 1:5], or receive it. Nature works against it; men love darkness rather [John 3:19], and as men merely, ever will.

(John 10:10)

MFS 103, MFU 10 (1652): Take pity on us, whom you have nursed up with the breasts of consolation [Isa 66:11]. Oh, our life, our desires are to see you again that we may be refreshed and established and so have life more abundantly [John 10:10].

(John 10:10f)

GF7:199, GFEJ 157 (1661): What, Friends! Do ye reign as kings [1 Cor 4:8]? Can they pluck never a one (of you) out of the Father's hand [John 10:29]? Are ye put forth [John 10:4]? Do ye witness that scripture fulfilled; put forth to follow the King of kings [Rev 19:16], (the shepherd,) who gives life abundantly [John 10:10f]?

(John 10:11)

[Other texts citing John 10:11: GF6:74 (John 10:17f)]

MFU 133 (1655): And so, friends, to that of God in your consciences I speak.... And therefore to the directing of your minds to the light of Chirst Jesus in you which is one in all, which is our teacher, & by which the Lord God teaches all that ever is taught of him [Isa 54:13], who is the good shepherd who hath given his life for his sheep [John 10:11], for in him is life and his life is the light of men [John 1:4], and by this light he teacheth.


10:12 But he that is [G: But; BT omit] an hireling [T: hired servant], and [GB: and he which is; T: which is] not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not [GBT: neither the sheep are his own], seeth the wolf coming, and [G: +he] leaveth the sheep, and fleeth [T: flyeth]: and the wolf catcheth them [B: omits], and scattereth the sheep.      qtext

10:13 [G: +So] The hireling [T: hired servant (2x)] fleeth [T: flyeth], because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep.      qtext


(John 10:12-14) JN2: 173

(John 10:12) GF4: 322; GF7: 262 [239]; JN2: 147f, 173; JN3: 417, 420; RBA 65

(John 10:12f) GFJN 68; GF3: 5 (EB), 489; GF4: 327; GF7: 46 [38], 50 [42]; GF8: 25 [279], 85 [318]; DG176; MFU 82; JN1: 171f, 275; JN2: 76, 87, 182; EQ 278 (JN)

(John 10:13) GF7: 225 [221], 236f [222]; JN1: 22, 139, 224; JN2: 242

(John 10:13f) GF4: 40


(John 10:12-14)

[Other texts citing John 10:12-14: JN2:173 (Heb 11:38)]

(John 10:12)

[Other texts citing John 10:12: GF7:262 (Rev 14:14f), RBA 65 (John 10:4f)]

JN2:172f (1655): Thou asks, Is it the ministers or Quakers that have the rule over people, and wait for the good of souls? I say the Quakers abhors such rule as you bear [Jer 5:31]; and for the good of souls thou must first know what the soul is before thou can watch for the good of it; nay thou watches to destroy souls for dishonest gain [Jer 44:27, Ezek 22:27], hirelings was never souls' shepherds [John 10:12].

(John 10:12f)

[Other texts citing John 10:12f: JN1:171f (Mat 7:22f, 1 Jn 2:4), JN2:182 (Luk 4:21)]

GF8:25 (1670): And therefore you that the Lord hath gathered, and sought and searched out, who have been scattered in this cloudy dark day [Ezek 34:12], (since the apostles' days of light,) and have been made a prey upon by the hireling shepherds [Ezek 34:8], and have been left to the wolves by the flying of the hirelings [John 10:12f], whom you thought had been true men, and now the Lord hath sought and searched, and found, and gathered you from their mouths, to whose mouths you have been a prey [Ezek 34:10]....

(John 10:13)

GF7:225 (1662): Now the professors may see, that the hireling is fled and flies, because he was an hireling [John 10:13], whose religion was for the summer, whilst the sun shined; but in a storm, a tempest, a mist, or the sun clouded, their religion they flee from; his flight is in the winter [Mat 24:20]. So the day manifests all things [1 Cor 3:13]. Our religion is in the power of God, before winter storms and tempests were, mists, fogs, or clouds; in the light which shines over them all is our religion, that does not change, in which there is fruit borne in the winter; by which power of God all their religions are seen, which must have an end, and will have an end, which people run into.


10:14 I am the [GT: that] good shepherd, and know my sheep [GT: mine], and am known of mine.      qtext

10:15 As the [T: my (2x)] Father knoweth me, even [G: omits] so know I [B: +also] the Father: and I lay down [BT: give] my life for the [G: my] sheep.      qtext

10:16 And other sheep I have [G: +also], which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall [T: that they may] hear my voice; and there shall [T: that there may] be one fold [G: sheepfold; T: flock], and one shepherd.      qtext


(John 10:14-16)

(John 10:14) GF3: 164; JN1: 46; IP2: 299 (JC), 392; IPL 45, 47; EQ 541 (BR); JWJM 171; WTG 336 (AM)

(John 10:14f) GF5: 319

(John 10:15) GF3: 171; GF4: 327; GF5: 25; GF6: 57, 210; GF8: 54 [304], 77f [316], 85 [318], 200 [370], 247 [391], 251 [393], 254 [396], 290 [403], 293 [406]; MFU 209, 339; JN2: 308; WDS 257; IP1: 38, 314

(John 10:16) GF3: 164; GF4: 326; GF5: 279; GF7: 202 [206], 237 [222]; GF8: 25 [279], 150 [352], 304 [410]; JN1: 194; JN2: 600; IP2: 220, 402; IP3: 486; IP4:148, 366; HPS 407 (EB), 517; WPR 150, 592; WPT 388; JWJM 201 [cf Ezek 34:23, 37:24]


(John 10:14)

IP2:391f (1663): Are they not lost sheep indeed, lost to God, lost to themselves? ... And are not some of them insensible of their loss, and lie still drowned in their forms, thinking to confine the appearance of the free life and unlimited Spirit there? Others of them sick, and deeply wounded and languishing, not knowing where to meet with the good Shepherd [John 10:14], nor how to make shift without him?

WTG 336 (Ann Moore, 1760): We rode this day twenty miles alone, crossed the great falls, some part through the water, and the other part on the ice, our good Shepherd conducting us safe [John 10:14].

JWJM 171 (1772): In a world of dangers and difficulties like a thorny, desolate wilderness, how precious! how comfortable! how safe! are the leadings of Christ the good Shepherd, who said, "I know my sheep and am known of mine." [John 10:14]

(John 10:15)

[Other texts citing John 10:15: GF3:171 (John 1:1), MFU 339 (John 3:16)]

GF6:57 (1679): So Moses was the leader of the outward Jews in the old covenant in his day, with his types, figures, signs, and shadows; and the rock Christ followed them [1 Cor 10:4]. But in the new covenant and testament Christ is the leader and commander of his people [Isa 55:4]; and is the good shepherd, that hath laid down his life for his sheep [John 10:15], and goes before them [John 10:4] (who is the substance), and not after them, as he did after the old Israel in their shadows.

IP1:38 (1658): The love that was in Christ, taught him to lay down his life for his sheep [John 10:15]; and he that hath the same love, can lay down his life for his brother [1 Jn 3:16]. But the love that is now amongst Christians tends rather to the taking away of life.

(John 10:16)

[Other texts citing John 10:16: GF8:150f (John 10:28f)]

GF7:202 (1661): And ye that partake of the power, have power with God, in that we need not bid you keep your meetings; for ye art met and gathered into the fold of Christ Jesus [John 10:16], and are put forth by him [John 10:4], and are brought from under that, that leads from God, by the power of God.

JN1:194 (1653): Now all awake to meet the Lord, who is arisen to seek and save and gather into one fold [John 10:16] all his scattered ones, and to bring them up to Zion the holy city, where he will feed them himself alone, without fear, in good pasture [Ezek 34:14], where they shall lie down in peace....

IP4:366 (16–): The Lord preserve his people, by the arm of his mighty power, which he hath stretched out for them [Deut 9:29], whereby he hath gathered them to himself. And those which are not yet of this fold [John 10:16], oh that it would please him to seek them out, and bring them home also; that the Lord may be one, and his name one amongst us [Zech 13:9], and that that which divideth and scattereth from the living truth, might be scattered and brought to nought everywhere, in all who would be one, and desire to serve God (with one consent) [Zeph 3:9] in that which is true and pure!

HPS 516f (Dorcas Dole, 1684): for want of obedience many are become vain in their imaginations, that were once enlighened, and their understandings again darkened [Rom 1:21], and the ear that was once open to hear the voice of the true Shepherd [John 10:16], is again stopped by the Philistian nature [Gen 26:15,18]; so though the Lord speak once, and again, yet they regard it not....


10:17 Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life [BT: put my life from me], that I might take it again.      qtext

10:18 No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down [BT: put it away] of myself. I have power to lay it down [BT: put it from me], and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.      qtext

10:19 [G: +Then; T: And] There was a division [GBT: dissension] therefore [GT: omit] again among the Jews for these sayings.

10:20 And many of them said, He hath a [BT: the] devil, and is mad; why hear ye him?      qtext

10:21 Others [GBT: Other] said, These are not the words of him that hath a [BT: the] devil. Can a [GBT: the] devil open the eyes of the blind?


(John 10:17) GF5: 198; JN2: 213; WPT 204

(John 10:17f) GF5: 146, 221; GF6: 74, 379; IP3: 38; IP4: 299

(John 10:18) HPS 383, 399 (EB)

(John 10:20) GF3: 208; GF4: 93; GF7: 55 [45]; JN1: 56, 122; JN3: 391; IP1: 200

(John 10:20f) GFJN 203


(John 10:17)

[Other texts citing John 10:17: JN2:213 (Mat 26:39)]

(John 10:17f)

GF6:74 (1679): And in the old covenant the Jews were to offer to the Lord all their free-will offerings.... But Christ in the news covenant, which is not according to the old, he saith, "I am the good shpherd, that lay down my life for my sheep [John 10:11];" and saith, [quotes John 10:17f]. Here Christ the lamb of God [John 1:29], is the free-will offering in his new covenant and testament..... And Christ, by offering himself freely once for all [Heb 10:10], hath abolished all the offerings in the old covenant.

IP3: 37f (1667): Query 13. Who was it that said, I am the resurrection and the life [John 11:25]? Was it not Christ? And what did he say it concerning? Did he say it concerning the body, or did he say it concerning the power and virtue of the Father which was in the body? Did he not say it concerning that which had the power of life in it before it took up the body, and had also the power of life while it was in the body? Yea, and could raise up not only other bodies, but that also after it had laid it down? For after it was laid in the grave, he could raise it up, and take it on again [John 10:17f], as well as he did at first, when it was first prepared [Heb 10:5].

(John 10:18)

[Other texts citing John 10:18: HPS 399 (Heb 10:5- 7)]

(John 10:20)

[Other texts citing John 10:20: GF7:55 (John 7:49); JN1:122 (John 15:20)]


10:22 And it was at Jerusalem the feast of the dedication, and it was winter.

10:23 And Jesus walked in the temple [T: omits] in [B: even in] Solomon's porch.

10:24 Then came the Jews round about him, and said unto him, How long dost thou make us to [GBT: omit] doubt? If thou be the [G: that; BT omit] Christ, tell us plainly.      qtext

10:25 Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed [GBT: believe] not: the works that I do in my Father's name, they bear witness of me.

10:26 But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you.

10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:      qtext

10:28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man [G: omits] pluck them out of my hand.      qtext

10:29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man [G: none] is able to pluck [GBT: take] them out of my Father's hand.      qtext


(John 10:24) GF3: 242

(John 10:27-29) GF6: 234, 379f

(John 10:27) GF6: 285; GF8: 54 [304]; GFEJ 95; JN1: 55; JN2: 437 ; IP1: 389; IP2: 428; IP4: 121, 138; JSS 22

(John 10:27f) GF6: 245; GF7: 237 [222]; GF8: 251 [393],254 [396], 290 [403]; IP3: 241, 492; IP4: 357, 395f; HPS 37

(John 10:28) GF3: 532; GF6: 315; GF8: 197 [368], 269 [398], 273 [398]; GFEJ 442; MFU 209; JN1: 254

(John 10:28f) GF8: 150f [352]; HPS 465; RBA 229

(John 10:29) GF7: 199 [203]; MFU 339, 351; JN1: 79; IP3: 69, 99, 155


(John 10:24)

GF3:242 (1659): And the word of faith the apostle preached, was in the heart, and in the mouth [Rom 10:8], and is so understood by all the regenerate. But all they that have only the form, and are inwardly gone from the spirit, know it not, but are of this ignorant; they cry, "How should this be so?" as the Jews said, "How is it that thou makest us to doubt? [John 10:24]" Yea, the word was it that made them doubt.

(John 10:27)

[Other texts citing John 10:27: GF6:285 (Rev 19:9), JN2:437 (1 Pet 2:25), IP1:389 (Mat 7:15), JSS 22 (Mat 18:10)]

(John 10:27f)

HPS 36f (Sarah Jones, 1650): Therefore come down, come down to the word of his patience [Rev 3:10] which is nigh in your hearts [Deut 30:14], which if you do, he will keep you in the hour of temptation, which shall come to try all [Rev 3:10] upon what foundation they are built; for, saith Christ, which is the word of God, My sheep hear my voice, and they follow me: and I the Word will give them eternal life, and none can pull them out of his hand [John 10:27f], which is that living Word, from whence this testimony of mine proceedeth.

(John 10:28)

[Other texts citing John 10:28: JN1:254 (Jude 1:13)]

(John 10:28f)

[Other texts citing John 10:28f: HPS 485 (Luk 12:32), RBA 229 (Rev 3:12)]

GF8:150f (1678): And the golden lamp [Exo 35:21] in your tabernacle, all are to have to burn with the heavenly oil, which you have from Christ your high priest [Heb 6:20, etc], being returned to him, the great shepherd and bishop of your souls [1 Pet 2:25], who will bring you, his sheep, into his safe fold [John 10:16]; who gives unto his sheep eternal life, and his sheep shall not perish, neither shall any pluck them out of his hand [John 10:28]. Though men may pluck hypocrites and apostates one from another; but Christ saith, "no man is able to pluck his sheep out of his Father's hand [John 10:29]." And therefore, all feel the hand that hath brought you out of spiritual Egypt [Rev 11:8], where Christ hath been crucified, to Christ, in his new covenant of light and life....

(John 10:29)

[Other texts citing John 10:29: GF7:199 (John 10:10f)]

MFU 351 (1661): ...& so my dearly beloved, be strong in the Lord and in the power of his might [Eph 6:10] & be faithful & bold & true to your maker, & he will be a husband unto you [2 Cor 11:2] & set your feet upon the rock most sure [Psa 40:2], that if the storms beat & the tempest blow yet you will not be shaken [Mat 7:24f], through him that keepeth you that is greater than all, & none is able to pluck you out of my father's hand [John 10:29], into whose arm & power I commit you....

IP3:99 (1668): He that feels that which renews his heart to God, and breaks the power and strength of lusts and temptations in him, and brings him into subjection to the Truth, which from God lives in the hearts of those that receive it in the virtue, life and power of it; here his devices and deceits are at an end, and here the elect sheep feel the hand of the Father, which is stronger than all, which none can pluck out of [John 10:29]. Here is the fold, here is the safe dwelling place, whither the Lord leadeth and where he preserveth his lambs and children, and there is not another.


10:30 [T: +And] I and my Father are one.      qtext

10:31 Then the Jews took up stones again [GBT: again took up stones] to stone him [BT: +withal] .

10:32 Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works [G: these works; BT: them] do [T: will] ye stone me?

10:33 The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work [G: the good work; BT: thy good works’ sake] we stone thee not; but for [BT: +thy] blasphemy; and because [G: omits] that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.

10:34 Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said [T: say], Ye are gods?      qtext

[John 10:34 cf Psa 82:6]

10:35 If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came [G: was given; BT: was spoken], and the scripture cannot be broken;      qtext

10:36 Say ye of [T: then to] him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God?      qtext

10:37 If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not.      qtext

10:38 But if I do, though [G: then though; B: and if] ye believe not me, [GT: +yet] believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him.

10:39 Therefore they sought again [GBT: Again they went about] to take him: but he escaped out of their hand [GT: hands],

10:40 And went away again beyond Jordan into the place where John at first [G: first; BT: before had] baptized; and there he [GT: omit] abode.

10:41 And many resorted unto him, and said, John did no miracle: but all things that John spake of this man were true.

10:42 And many believed on [G: in] him there.


(John 10:30-35) GFJN 203

(John 10:30-33) IP1: 201

(John 10:30) GFJN 134; GF3: 180 , 243, 463; JN1: 9 (GF), 367; IP1: 246; IP3: 11; IP4: 167; EQ 300; HPS 354 (EB); JSS 19, 50, 65

(John 10:31) GF4: 335; MFS 26 [cf John 8:59]

(John 10:32f) IP2: 182

(John 10:34-39) JN3: 725 (RR); JSS 19f

[John 10:34 cf Psa 82:6]

(John 10:34f) GF4: 93

(John 10:35) GF3: 60, 75, 77, 126, 171, 190, 279, 376, 419, 527; GF4: 301; GF8: 16 [270]; IP2: 319; IPL 51 [may be confl w Dan 10:21]

(John 10:36) GF6: 64; JN3: 728, 742 (WT)

(John 10:37f) GF7: 133 [138]

(John 10:38) GF3: 180, 243


(John 10:30)

[Other texts citing John 10:30: GFJN 134 (Heb 2:11), IP3:10f (Mat 11:3), EQ 300 (Rev 4:8), JSS 50 (John 5:17), JSS 65 (John 14:28)]

GF3:463 (1659): P. He said, that Christ, and the Father, and the holy ghost, are not one; but they are three, therefore distinct." A. This is the denying of Christ's doctrine, who said, "I and my Father are one [John 10:30];" and the holy ghost proceeds from the Father and the son [John 15:26], and he was conceived by the holy ghost [Mat 1:20], and they are all one, and not distinct, but one in unity; that which comes out from him, leads the saints into all truth [John 16:13], (that ever was given forth from the spirit of truth), and so up unto God the Father of truth, and so goes back again from whence it came.

JN1:367 (1654): [the charge that George Fox] did say that George Fox was equal with God is false; for I was in the hearing before four justices of the peace when he was asked "Whether he spake this of George Fox as he was a creature?" To which he answered, "I deny George Fox, he is dust, and must to dust; but I and my Father are one [John 10:30]; and the that is joined to the Lord is one spirit, and so the Scripture saith [1 Cor 6:17]; but they that are in the flesh cannot witness it." At which the justices were satisfied that he spake of the Spirit of Christ in him [1 Pet 1:11], and thereupon they did acquit him.

IP1:246 (1659): Outward rules were given to a state without; to men who were not brought to the life, but were exercised under shadows and representations of the life: but the Son, who is within, who is the substance of all, who is the life [John 11:25, 14:6], who is one with the Father [John 10:30], whose proper right the Spirit is [Ezek 21:27], he is not tied to any outward rule; but is to live and walk in the immediate light of the Spirit of his own life. And he that hath the Son, hath [1 Jn 5:12] this rule....

(John 10:34-39)

JSS 19f (17): [quotes John 10:34-39] And when he says the same thing now, in his joint-heirs and brethren, is it not condemned as rank enthusiasm, if not blasphemy? And yet this reasoning was then cogent and unanswerable, and is equally true at all times, and in all the seed. None ever did the works of God but the seed, the son, and sanctified of the Father. This is the reason, "he that sanctifieth, and they who sanctified, are all of one [Heb 2:11]." He told them, the works he did, they should do [John 14:12]; that is, the works of God. And that babe that is begotten and born of God, of the incorruptible seed [1 Pet 1:23], and so doth his works in every redeemed soul, has always a right to say as he did,"But if I do the works of God, though ye believe not me, believe the works." But why believe the works? "That ye may know and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him." [John 10:38] Only believe the works and the point is settled at once.

(John 10:35)

John 10:35 often conflated with Dan 10:21: the scriptures of truth cannot be broken.

GF3:60 (1659): P. He saith, "It matters not much if the sense be in the scriptures, whether the words be there or not." A. And yet he saith, the scripture is the rule and the word; and so by that means have all men run into their senses, into confusion from the words of the scripture, which is not to be added to, nor taken from [Rev 22:18f], nor can it be broken [John 10:35], nor is it of any private interpretation [2 Pet 1:20]; and the scriptures are the words of God, and Christ is the word [John 1:1], and in him they end, and the spirit is the rule.

(John 10:36)

[Other texts citing John 10:36: GF6:64 (Heb 2:14)]

(John 10:37f)

GF7:133 (1657): And ye who are the Lord's, are not your own [1 Cor 6:19]; but they who are in their own time, see not the time which is in the Father's hand [Psa 31:15]; their time is always, and they do their own works [Psa 106:39], and not the works of God, which the son of God did [John 10:37f].


11:1 Now [G: And; BT omit] a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha.

11:2 ( [G: +And] It was that Mary which anointed the Lord [T: Jesus] with ointment, and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.)

11:3 Therefore [T: And] his sisters sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick.

11:4 When Jesus heard that [G: it] , he said, This sickness [BT: infirmity] is not unto death, but for the glory [T: laud] of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby [T: praised by the reason of it].

11:5 Now [BT: omit] Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus.

11:6 When he had heard therefore [G: And after he had heard; T: After he heard] that he was sick, he abode two days still in the same place where he was.

11:7 Then after that saith [GBT: said] he to his disciples, Let us go into Judaea [BT: Jewry] again.      qtext

11:8 His disciples say [GBT: said] unto him, Master, the Jews of late [GBT: lately] sought [T: +means] to stone thee; and goest thou [G: dost thou go; BT: wilt thou go] thither again?

11:9 Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in [B: of] the day? If any [GT: a] man walk in the day, he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this world.      qtext

[John 11:9 cf 1 Jn 2:10]

11:10 But if a man walk in the night, he stumbleth, because there is no light in him.

11:11 These things [T: This] said [G: spake] he: and after that [G omits] he saith [GBT: said] unto them, Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake [GBT: to wake] him out of sleep [G: up].

11:12 Then said his disciples, Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well [G: be safe; BT: do well enough].

11:13 Howbeit Jesus spake of his death: but they thought that he had spoken of taking of rest in [GBT: the natural] sleep.

11:14 Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead.      qtext

11:15 And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, to the intent [G: that; BT: because]ye may believe; nevertheless [G: but] let us go unto him.

11:16 Then said Thomas, which is called Didymus, unto his fellowdisciples, Let us also go, that we may die with him.


(John 11:7) JN1: 81

(John 11:9f) GF3: 130; GF7: 42 [34], 245 [231]; DGA 65; MFU 166; JN1: 302; JN3: 432      [cf 1 Jn 2:10]

(John 11:10) JN3: 399, 467, 470

(John 11:14) JWJM 251


(John 11:7)

JN1:81 (1653): The Lord hath sent us and made us to come into this county, to draw up people unto himself from the doctrines and worships of the world. [margin: John 11:7]

(John 11:9f)

GF3:130 (1659): the gospel light is Christ Jesus, that doth enlighten every man that cometh into the world [John 1:9]. And they that walk in this light stumble not' they stumble that are out of the light [John 11:9f], which light is the way to the Father [John 14:6]. And many may have the written words, yet be out of the gospel light, a nd the power of God which is the gospel [Rom 1:16], which brings people where the sheep lie down at noon day [Song 1:7].

(John 11:14)

[Other texts citing John 11:14: JWJM 251 (under John 4:16-19)]


11:17 Then when Jesus came, he [GBT: came (BT: went) Jesus, and] found that he had lain in the [BT: his] grave four days already.

11:18 Now [BT:omit] Bethany was nigh [G: near] unto Jerusalem, about fifteen furlongs off:

11:19 And many of the Jews came [GT: were come] to Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning [G: for; BT: over] their brother.

11:20 Then [BT: omit] Martha, as soon as [G: when] she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met [G: to meet] him: but Mary sat still in the house.

11:21 Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died [GT: been dead].

11:22 But I know, that even now, [G: But now I now also, that; B: Nevertheless, now I know that; T: but nevertheless I know that] whatsoever thou wilt ask [GBT askest] of God, God will give it thee.

11:23 Jesus saith [GT: said] unto her, Thy brother shall rise again.

11:24 Martha saith [GT: said] unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day.

11:25 Jesus said [B: saith]unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, [BT: on me, yea] though he were dead, yet shall he live:      qtext

11:26 And whosoever liveth and believeth in [BT: on] me shall never die. Believest thou this?

11:27 She saith [GBT: said] unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the [G: that; BT omit] Christ, the [G: that] Son of God, which should come into the world.

11:28 And when [BT: as soon as] she had so said, she went her way, and called Mary her sister secretly, saying, The Master is come, and calleth for thee.

11:29 As soon as she heard that [G: when she heard it], she [T: omits] arose quickly, and came unto him.

11:30 Now [G: For; BT omit] Jesus was not yet come into the town, but was in that [GT: the] place where Martha met him.

11:31 The Jews then which were with her in the house, and comforted her, when they saw Mary, that she rose up hastily and went out, followed her, saying, She goeth unto the grave to weep there.

11:32 Then when Mary was come where Jesus was, and saw him, she fell down at his feet, saying [B: and saith] unto him, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died [GBT: been dead].

11:33 When Jesus therefore [T: omits] saw her weeping [GBT: weep], and the Jews also weeping [GT: weep] which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled [GBT: +in himself] ,

11:34 And said, Where have ye laid him? They said unto him, Lord, come and see.

11:35 [GBT: +And] Jesus wept.

11:36 Then said the Jews, Behold how he loved him!

11:37 And some of them said, Could not this man [GBT: he], which opened the eyes of the blind, have caused that even [GBT: made also, that] this man should not have died?      qtext


(John 11:17-45) GF6: 192

(John 11:22) GF5: 438

(John 11:23-27) GF6: 295

(John 11:25-27) GF2: 329; GF5: 146; MFS 39, 65

(John 11:25) GF3: 183, 234, 464; GF6: 298; GF7: 257 [235]; GF8: 77 [316]; MFU 239; JN3: 135; IP1: 123, 246; IP3: 32, 37, 89, 335 , 462; IP4: 295, 299; HPS 391, 440 (EB); JSS 63; SIW 119

(John 11:26) GF3: 93

(John 11:32) JN3: 699n (RR)

(John 11:37) GFT 141


(John 11:25)

[Other texts citing John 11:25: GF6:298 (Heb 11:35), GF8:77 (Rev 14:4), IP1:246 (John 10:30), IP3:32 (Heb 11:11), IP3: 37 (John 10:17f), IP3:335 (Heb 7:2), HPS 440 (Gen 3:15), SIW 119 (Mat 28:7)]

MFU 239 (1657): In the fear of the Lord God beware of strangling the pure birth of God in you [Job 7:15?], and of wronging the pure innocent seed in you. Which God is coming to plead the cause of Christ with all flesh in this his day [Isa 66:16, Jer 25:31], & beware that you join not with God's enemy neither in yourselves nor others; but join with God's pure witness and testimony, & there will be your peace & here you will know him who is the Life and the Resurrection, & he that believes on him, though he were dead yet should he live [John 11:25]....

JSS 63 (17–) : ...Paul says, "I live, yet not I, but Christ liveth in me [Gal 2:20]. Yea, further, he says, "Christ who is our life [Col 3:4]." Many may think this only means, that as Christ has purchased life and salvation for us, without us, he is called our life; but the truth is, that Christ is substantially the very life of all that are born of God, and on this ground it is, that Christ declares himself to be the "resurrection and the life [John 11:25]." He knew the divine life of every Christian is the same as his own, it is all one divine life. He knew also that in the new birth only, in that which is truly born of God, the "resurrection and the life" are enjoyed. Hence, "blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection, on such the second death has no power [Rev 20:6]."

(John 11:37)

GFT 141 (1677): Christ opens the eyes of the blind, and pulls the prisoner out of the pit where there is no water [Isa 42:7/John 11:37/Zech 9:11]. Every man and woman must know this. And God hath anointed Christ to preach [Isa 61:1|Luk 4:18]. If man be blinded by death, he knows not him to be a quickening spirit [1 Cor 15:45].


11:38 Jesus therefore [T: omits] again groaning [GBT: groaned] in himself cometh [GBT: and came] to the grave. It was a cave, and a stone lay upon [G: was laid upon; BT: laid on] it.

11:39 Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith [GBT: said] unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh [G: he stinketh already]: for he hath been dead four days.

11:40 Jesus saith [GBT: said] unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest [GBT: didst] believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?      qtext

11:41 Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted [GBT: lift] up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that [G: because; T: because that] thou hast heard me.

11:42 And I knew [G: I know; B: Howbeit, I know; T: I wot] that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which [GT: that] stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me.      qtext

11:43 And when he thus had spoken [G: As he had spoken these things], he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth.      qtext

11:44 And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes [G: bands; T: grave bonds]: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith [GBT: said] unto them, Loose him, and let him go.

11:45 Then many of the Jews which came to Mary, and had seen the things which Jesus did, believed on [G: in] him.

11:46 But some of them went their ways to the Pharisees, and told them what things [BT: omit] Jesus had done.

11:47 Then gathered the chief [GBT: high] priests and the Pharisees a council, and said, What do we [G: shall we do]? for [T: omits] this man doeth many miracles.

11:48 If we let him thus alone [BT: scape thus], all men will believe on [G: in] him: and the Romans shall [G: will] come and take away both [T: omits] our place [B: room; T: country] and nation [G: the nation; BT: the people].      qtext

11:49 And [G: Then] one of them, named Caiaphas, being [GT: which was] the high priest that same year, said unto them, Ye know [GBT: perceive] nothing at all,

11:50 Nor [G: +yet do you; T: +yet] consider that it is expedient for us, that one man should [GBT: omit] die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not [BT: not that all the people perish].

11:51 And [GBT: omit] this spake he not of himself: but being high priest that [GBT: +same] year, he prophesied that Jesus should die for that nation [BT: the people];

11:52 And not for that nation [BT: the people] only, but that also [GBT: omit] he should gather together in one the children of God that [GT: which] were scattered abroad [G: omits] .

11:53 Then [T: omits] from that day forth they took counsel [G: consulted; T: held a council] together for [G: omits] to put him to death.      qtext

11:54 Jesus therefore walked no more openly among the Jews; but went [BT: +his way] thence unto a country near to the [BT: nigh to a] wilderness, into a city [B: +which is] called Ephraim, and there continued [T: haunted] with his disciples.

11:55 And the Jews' passover [BT: Easter (2x)] was nigh [G: omits] at hand: and many went out of the country up to Jerusalem before the passover , to purify themselves.

11:56 Then sought they for Jesus, and spake among [T: between] themselves, as they stood in the temple, What think ye, that [BT: seeing] he will not come [GBT: cometh not] to the feast [B: +day]?

11:57 Now both [BT: omit] the chief [GBT: high] priests and the [BT omit] Pharisees had given a commandment, that, if any man knew where he were, he should shew it, that they might take him.


(John 11:38-44) HPS 191

(John 11:39f) JN3: 723 (RR)

(John 11:40-42) IP3: 89

(John 11:40) IP3: 145

(John 11:42) IP3: 132; JWJM 123; JSS 26

(John 11:43f) HPS 179

(John 11:48) IP4: 263

(John 11:49-52) GF5: 292

(John 11:53) MFS 95


(John 11:40)

IP3:145 (1668): Quest. But how came these meek, these broken-hearted, these captives, these bound in prison, these mourners, to meet with the redemption and blessings which he is anointed to preach to them [Isa 61:1-3]? Or which way do they come to receive and partake of them from him? Ans. In faith. This all his outward healings did signify, being thus dispensed. ("If thou wilt believe, thou shalt see the glory of God [John 11:40]. They faith has made thee Whole [Mar 5:34]. O woman! great is thy faith! be it unto thee according to thy faith [Mat 15:28].") And thus all his inward healings are bestowed upon and received by the soul; to wit, in the faith.

(John 11:42)

[Other texts citing John 11:42: IP3:132 (1 Jn 3:20-22), JWJM 123 (John 17:15)]

JSS 26 (17–): This is he, that in all the truly begotten can always say, "I know that thou hearest me always [John 11:42]." This is true prayer, and no other is so; all other is but the noise, the voice and breath of man, and is not answered; it receives not; it falls to the ground!

(John 11:43f)

HPS 179f (Katherine Evans & Sarah Chevers, prisoners of the Inquisition, 1662): And about the fourth hour in the morning they were coming with a drum and guns; and the Lord said unto me, Arise out of thy grave-clothes [John 11:43f]: And we arose, and they came up to the gate to devour us in a moment. But the Lord lifted up his standard with his own Spirit (of might) [Isa 59:19], and made them to retreat, and they fled as dust before the wind [Psa 18:42], praises and honour be given to our God for ever.

(John 11:48)

[Other texts citing John 11:48: IP4:263f (Mat 11:19a)]

(John 11:53)

[Other texts citing John 11:53: MFS 95 (Luk 7:30)]

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