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John 10:29 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— My Father, who hath given [them] unto me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch [them] out of the Father's hand.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— My Father, which gave [them] me, is greater than all; and no [man] is able to pluck [them] out of my Father's hand.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— “My Father, who has given [them] to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch [them] out of the Father’s hand.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— My Father, who gave [them to] me, is greater than all; and none is able to pluck [them] out of my Father's hand.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— My Father who has given [them] to me is greater than all, and no one can seize out of the hand of my Father.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— What, my Father, hath given me, is, something greater than all, and, no one, can carry off out of the hand of my Father:—
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— my Father, who hath given to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to pluck out of the hand of my Father;
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— That which my Father hath given me is greater than all: and no one can snatch them out of the hand of my Father.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— My father which gaue them me, is greater then all: and no man is able to plucke them out of my fathers hand.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— For my Father who gave them to me than all is greater; and no man from the hand of my Father can snatch them.
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— For my Father, who gave [them] to me, is greater than all; nor can any pluck from my Father's hand.

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
My 3450
{3450} Prime
μοῦ
mou
{moo}
The simpler from of G1700; of me.
Father, 3962
{3962} Prime
πατήρ
pater
{pat-ayr'}
Apparently a primary word; a 'father' (literally or figuratively, near or more remote).
which 3739
{3739} Prime
ὅς
hos
{hos}
Probably a primary word (or perhaps a form of the article G3588); the relative (sometimes demonstrative) pronoun, who, which, what, that.
gave 1325
{1325} Prime
δίδωμι
didomi
{did'-o-mee}
A prolonged form of a primary verb (which is used as an alternate in most of the tenses); to give (used in a very wide application, properly or by implication, literally or figuratively; greatly modified by the connection).
z5758
<5758> Grammar
Tense - Perfect (See G5778)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 516
[them] me, 3427
{3427} Prime
μοί
moi
{moy}
The simpler form of G1698; to me.
is 2076
{2076} Prime
ἐστί
esti
{es-tee'}
Third person singular present indicative of G1510; he (she or it) is; also (with neuter plural) they are.
z5748
<5748> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - No Voice Stated (See G5799)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 1612
greater x3187
(3187) Complement
μείζων
meizon
{mide'-zone}
Irregular comparative of G3173; larger (literally or figuratively, specifically in age).
than y3187
[3187] Standard
μείζων
meizon
{mide'-zone}
Irregular comparative of G3173; larger (literally or figuratively, specifically in age).
all; 3956
{3956} Prime
πᾶς
pas
{pas}
Including all the forms of declension; apparently a primary word; all, any, every, the whole.
and 2532
{2532} Prime
καί
kai
{kahee}
Apparently a primary particle, having a copulative and sometimes also a cumulative force; and, also, even, so, then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words.
no 3762
{3762} Prime
οὐδείς
oudeis
{oo-dice'}
From G3761 and G1520; not even one (man, woman or thing), that is, none, nobody, nothing.
[man] is able 1410
{1410} Prime
δύναμαι
dunamai
{doo'-nam-ahee}
Of uncertain affinity; to be able or possible.
z5736
<5736> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Middle or Passive Deponent (See G5790)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 618
to pluck 726
{0726} Prime
ἁρπάζω
harpazo
{har-pad'-zo}
From a derivative of G0138; to seize (in various applications).
z5721
<5721> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Infinitive (See G5795)
Count - 647
[them] out of 1537
{1537} Prime
ἐκ
ek
{ek}
A primary preposition denoting origin (the point whence motion or action proceeds), from, out (of place, time or cause; literally or figuratively; direct or remote).
my 3450
{3450} Prime
μοῦ
mou
{moo}
The simpler from of G1700; of me.
Father's 3962
{3962} Prime
πατήρ
pater
{pat-ayr'}
Apparently a primary word; a 'father' (literally or figuratively, near or more remote).
hand. 5495
{5495} Prime
χείρ
cheir
{khire}
Perhaps from the base of G5494 in the sense of its congener the base of G5490 (through the idea of hollowness for grasping); the hand (literally or figuratively [power]; especially [by Hebraism] a means or instrument).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

See commentary on John 10:27-30.


John 10:29

_ _ My Father, which gave them me — (See on John 6:37-39).

_ _ is greater than all — with whom no adverse power can contend. It is a general expression of an admitted truth, and what follows shows for what purpose it was uttered, “and none is able to pluck them out of My Father’s hand.” The impossibility of true believers being lost, in the midst of all the temptations which they may encounter, does not consist in their fidelity and decision, but is founded upon the power of God. Here the doctrine of predestination is presented in its sublime and sacred aspect; there is a predestination of the holy, which is taught from one end of the Scriptures to the other; not, indeed, of such a nature that an “irresistible grace” compels the opposing will of man (of course not), but so that that will of man which receives and loves the commands of God is produced only by God’s grace (Olshausen — a testimony all the more valuable, being given in spite of Lutheran prejudice).

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on John 10:22-38.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

See commentary on John 10:27-29.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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which:

John 6:37 All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.
John 17:2 As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him.
John 17:6 I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word.
John 17:9 I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine.
John 17:11 And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we [are].

is greater:

John 14:28 Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come [again] unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I.
Exodus 18:11 Now I know that the LORD [is] greater than all gods: for in the thing wherein they dealt proudly [he was] above them.
Psalms 145:3 Great [is] the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness [is] unsearchable.
Daniel 4:3 How great [are] his signs! and how mighty [are] his wonders! his kingdom [is] an everlasting kingdom, and his dominion [is] from generation to generation.
Malachi 1:14 But cursed [be] the deceiver, which hath in his flock a male, and voweth, and sacrificeth unto the Lord a corrupt thing: for I [am] a great King, saith the LORD of hosts, and my name [is] dreadful among the heathen.
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Ex 18:11. Ps 145:3. Dn 4:3. Mal 1:14. Jn 6:37; 14:28; 17:2, 6, 9, 11.

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this "all" [πας] is an adjective requiring context. since Jesus is speaking here of humans/men, it seems we have allowed theology to re-define the scope of 'all' here in John 10:29. Not that His Father isn't greater than 'all things'. Psalm 95 and in other places confirming His greatness. Yet Jesus says, 'My Father is more-grand/greater than all [men]'.
- marshall (1/24/2017 7:34:17 AM)
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