He had compassion
Because they were harassed.
They were helpless,
Without a shepherd.”
Ἰδὼν δὲ τοὺς ὄχλους ἐσπλαγχνίσθη περὶ αὐτῶν, ὅτι ἦσαν ἐσκυλμένοι καὶ ἐρριμμένοι ὡσεὶ πρόβατα μὴ ἔχοντα ποιμένα.
This section about compassion for the sheep can in found in Mark, chapter 6:34. Jesus saw the crowds (Ἰδὼν δὲ τοὺς ὄχλους). He had compassion or pity on them (ἐσπλαγχνίσθη περὶ αὐτῶν). They were harassed or troubled (ὅτι ἦσαν ἐσκυλμένο). They were helpless castoffs (καὶ ἐρριμμένοι). They were like sheep without a shepherd protector (ὡσεὶ πρόβατα μὴ ἔχοντα ποιμένα).