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Jhn 10:13The hireling fleeth,

Jhn 10:13The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep.

 This is because the hired hand just doesn't take the same interest in the flock. 

The Greek source used in the KJV is much different than the source we use here, which accounts for most of the differences in translation.

This is the first time that the word translated as "careth" has been used by Christ in the NT. Christ usually uses the word translated as "love" to mean caring for others. 

This verse reemphasizes the point that ownership is connected to caring. A point made in the discussion of the previous verse (Jhn 10:12)

 

 

"Because" is from hoti (hoti), which introduces a statement of fact "with regard to the fact that," "seeing that," and acts as a causal adverb meaning "for what," "because," "since," and "wherefore."  

"The hireling" is from misthrotos, which means "hired," "hired servant," "hireling," and [military] "mercenary." 

3rd sg pres ind act) "Is" is from eimi (eimi), which means "to be," "to exist," "to be the case," and "is possible." (The future form is esomai. The 3rd person present indicative is "esti.")

"And" is from kai, which is the conjunction joining phrases and clauses, "and," or "but." After words implying sameness, "as" (the same opinion as  you). Used in series, joins positive with negative "Not only...but also." Also used to give emphasis, "even," "also," and "just."

"Not" is from οὐ ou which is the negative adverb for facts and statements, negating both singles words and sentences. The other negative adverb, μή applies to will and thought; οὐ denies, μή rejects; οὐ is absolute, μή relative; οὐ objective, μή subjective.

3rd sg pres ind act) "Careth" is from melei, which means "to be an object of care," "to care for," "to take an interest in," and "to take care of."

Untranslated is autos (autos), which means "the same," and the reflexive pronouns, "myself," "yourself," "himself," "herself," "itself," or the oblique case of the pronouns, "him," "her," and "it." It also means "one's true self," that is, "the soul" as opposed to the body and "of ones own accord."

"For" is from peri (peri), which means "round about (Place)," "around," "about," "concerning," "on account of," "in regard to," "before," "above," "beyond," and "all around."

"The sheep" is from probaton, which means any domesticated four footed animal, "sheep," "cattle," "herds," and "flocks."

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Jhn 10:13The hireling fleeth,

 This is because the hired hand just doesn't take the same interest in the flock. 

Jhn 10:12 But he that is an hireling,

 The hired hand, who is just not a leader, whose flocks are not his own, gapes at an approaching wolf. Not only does he abandon the flock but he also takes flight. And the wolf is a robber and scatters them. 

Jhn 10:11 I am the good shepherd:

 I am a leader, a wonderful one. The leader, a wonderful one, dedicates his awareness on behalf of the flock. 

Jhn 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal,

The faker does not continue except in order that you might conceal and tear to pieces and demolish.  I continue in order that [everyone] might have a living and might have abundance. 

Jhn 10:9 I am the door: by me if any man enter

 I am the gateway to the soul. Through me, if anything might enter into the mind, it shall be preserved. Not only coming into the mind, but also coming out true and becoming wide-spread. 

Jhn 10:8 All that ever came before me

 All those who confront (go around) me  are frauds, and crooks. Moreover, the flocks don't listen to them.

Jhn 10:7 ...I am the door of the sheep.

I am really teaching about truth. I exist as the gateway to the soul of the flock. 

Jhn 10:5 And a stranger will they not follow,

 By the abnormal, however, never will they be guided, but they will run away from it. This is because they don't understand its sound. 

Jhn 10:4 And when he putteth forth his own sheep,

 When he might caste out all his own, he leads before them and the flock follows along with him because they recognize his tone. 

Jhn 10:3 To him the porter openeth;

 To him, the gatekeeper opens up. Not only does the flock hear and understand his tone, but he also commands his private flock as individuals and releases them. 

Jhn 10:2 But he that entereth

 [Ideas], however, coming into the mind through the gateway to the soul are the guide of the herd.

Jhn 10:1 ,,,He that entereth not by the door

I am really teaching about truth. Coming into the mind in central courtyard of the herd not by the gateway to the soul, but by ascending to knowledge some other way. It is a fake and a fraud. 

Jhn 9:41 If ye were blind,

If you could be blind, you might not own the failure. Now, however, you say that the fact is you see. Your failure stands. 

Jhn 9:39 For judgment I am come

By decree, I made my way into this society so that those who are not looking might look and those [now] looking might become blind. 

Jhn 9:37 Thou hast both seen him,

 Not only have you seen him, but also the one chatting with you is that guy. 

Christ: In His Own Words

Imagine Christ addressing an audience today describing his life and message.

Let me start by saying that for now, we must let go of what we think is "proper." It's the only way we can see everything through to the finish. 

I let everything go by walking into the desert. After a little while I was so hungry that I was tempted to eat stones, but I discovered that, God's words filled me with more life than food ever could.

Filled with God's word, I was tempted to test the powers that I discovered within myself by braving death, but those same words told me that we cannot test the source of my power, God.

God has the power to test us, We don't have the power to test him. 

Thinking about my being the Christ, the Messiah, I was tempted use my power to free my people, rule a kingdom, build an empire, maybe even write a book. I saw that these desires were my person demons.

I put my demons out of my mind, humbling myself to my Father's will, putting Him above everything else.