No One Can Snatch Them Out of My Hand: What Does John 10:29 Mean?

John 10:29 reads, “My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.” King James Version (KJV)

TranslationJohn 10:29
ESVMy 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.
NASB“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.
NIVMy Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand.
NLTfor my Father has given them to me, and he is more powerful than anyone else. No one can snatch them from the Father’s hand.

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No One Can Snatch Them Out of My Hand: Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary

10:22-30 All who have any thing to say to Christ, may find him in the temple. Christ would make us to believe; we make ourselves doubt.

The Jews understood his meaning, but could not form his words into a full charge against him.

He described the gracious disposition and happy state of his sheep; they heard and believed his word, followed him as his faithful disciples, and none of them should perish; for the Son and the Father were one.

Thus he was able to defend his sheep against all their enemies, which proves that he claimed Divine power and perfection equally with the Father.

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John 10:29 | Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

29. My Father, which gave them me—(See on [1824]Joh 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).

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