The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
“The thief comes only to steal, and kill, and destroy; I came that they might have life, and might have it abundantly.
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
The thief comes only in order that he may steal and may kill and may destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance – to the full, till it overflows.
The thief does not come except to steal and to kill and to destroy. I alone came in order that they might be possessing life, and that they might be possessing it in superabundance.
The thief comes only to steal, to kill and to destroy, but I have come to bring them life in its fullness.
A thief does not come for any purpose but to steal and kill and destroy; I have come for people to have life and have it till it overflows.
- No cross references or parallel passage have been cited for this verse.
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