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

  • ANTHONY PLANGE-ANNAN
    I give thanks and glory to John who humbly give good accounts of the Messiah and not given credit to himself by saying I baptize you with water but he will do with the Holy Spirit.
  • Edna
    I so much like verse 12 "But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name"
  • Tracey Greene
    I love that part where the word says: and all we have received of His fullness. Christ is full of grace and truth, and having received of His fullness is incredible, His Spirit lives on the inside of us giving us a truly wonderful power to overcome the things of the world. John makes it plain, to the point.
  • Elijah
    Would any of you be so kind as to tell my why the second coming of jesus cannot fulfill the jewish definition of a Messiah?
  • Antwi
    King James
    Good news



  • BSP
    Verse 3 shows that not even one thing has come into existence apart from Jesus.