John 1:17

“For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For the Law was giuen by Moses, but grace and trueth came by Iesus Christ.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
- American Standard Version (1901)

For the law was given through Moses; grace and the true way of life are ours through Jesus Christ.
- Basic English Bible

For the law was given by Moses: grace and truth subsists through Jesus Christ.
- Darby Bible

For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.
- Webster's Bible

For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
- Weymouth Bible

For the law was given through Moses. Grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ.
- World English Bible

For the lawe was youun bi Moises; but grace and treuthe `is maad bi Jhesu Crist.
- Wycliffe Bible

for the law through Moses was given, the grace and the truth through Jesus Christ did come;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for John 1:17


1:17 The law - Working wrath and containing shadows: was given - No philosopher, poet, or orator, ever chose his words so accurately as St. John. The law, saith he, was given by Moses: grace was by Jesus Christ. Observe the reason for placing each word thus: The law of Moses was not his own. The grace of Christ was. His grace was opposite to the wrath, his truth to the shadowy ceremonies of the law. Jesus - St. John having once mentioned the incarnation {#Joh 1:14|,) no more uses that name, the Word, in all his book.


People's Bible Notes for John 1:17


Joh 1:17 The law was given by Moses. It was not a system of grace, nor could it make men perfect; in contrast with it the system of "grace and truth" (Joh 1:14) was given by Jesus Christ.

Discussion for John 1

  • Daniel
    This wonderful book begins by unveiling the Person of Jesus Christ as being Almighty God. He is the God of Israel, and the Elohim, the Creator of heaven and the earth. He is the God of Israel, but Israel did not receive Him (as their Messiah). As many as received Him, he gives them a divine birth. I note this is 'not by bloods' speaking of the blood of offerings, (geneology is seed, i.e the cross
  • Amankwaa Solomon
    The name of God who was in the old testament is Jesus Christ in the new testament just as John is saying . Look at what Paul about Him in 1st Timothy 3:16 God revealed Himself in fresh ... Also , John 1:14 . Jesus is the father ,son and the Holy Ghost . He created the world and human beings .
  • Irene123
    To Jeanette - I saw your 'thank-you' on here; thank-you for your acknowledgment. The Lord Jesus bless you and yours this Holiday season; may He keep you all safe, in JESUS name, AMEN!!
  • Jeannette
    *Thank you Jesus. Please give note to the one who sent this to my email I appreciate that as well. Watch over her kindly. Amen.
  • Rev Autrey
    Again, when John says that Jesus (the Word) is God he is not speaking in vacuum. He knew from reading the Scriptures that the one he baptized was God. Isa. 12:2 reads, "See, God has come to save me! I will trust and not be afraid, for the Lord is my strength and song; he is my salvation. And guess what! That's what the name Jesus means, "the God who saves" or "God save me."
  • Rev Autrey
    Again, if John says "and the Word (meaning Jesus) was God," then Jesus is God. Let's believe what John tells us and stop trying to come up with some way to say that he is not. This is why Paul tells us in Romans 10 that "we must confess that Jesus is Lord (meaning the Lord or the God) to be saved. Let's sum it up this way: Jesus and God are the same. That is to say, Jesus is God's name.