John 10:8 Commentary - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary
1) ''All that ever came before me," (pantes hosoi elthon pro emou) "All those who came before me," not true, all of whom bare witness of Him, Act 10:43; But all pretended prophets of the hypocritical type, such as the scribes, Pharisees, and Sadducees who perverted the true teachings of Moses, Mar 7:1-12; Mat 5:20; Deu 18:15 -19.
2) "Are thieves and robbers " (kleptai eisin kai lestai) ''They are (exist as or like) thieves and robbers," or as thugs and bandits, robbing God of true glory, loving the praise of men more than the praise of God, spoilers of His own Jewish people, short-changing them in truth and the Spirit of the Word, Joh 12:41.
3) "But the sheep did not hear them." (all 'ouk ekousan auton ta probata) "But the sheep did not heed them,'' give ear to, follow and obey them, the true believers did not. They followed John the Baptist instead, then at the voice of Jesus and the encouragement of John the Baptist, they had later turned to follow Jesus, the Good Shepherd, the Great Shepherd, and the Chief Shepherd, Mat 3:4-10; Mar 1:5; Joh 1:35-37; Joh 3:25-30; Act 19:4; Joh 4:11; Joh 10:11; Heb 13:20; 1Pe 5:4.
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Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary
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