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

  • Emily
    If you have accepted Jesus Christ into your heart then the Holy Spirit lives within you.
  • Sheila
    His Holy Spirit is supposed to be inside of us. His Words "they are spirit and they are life (St. John 6:63), and Acts 2:38 explains how to receive the Holy Ghost--His Holy Spirit. Paul wrote in II Corinthians 6:16, that "I will dwell in them and walk in them..."
  • Quansto
    Where's the holy spirit?
  • Brother William
    These three bear record in heaven: the Father, the Word and the Holy Ghost. And these three are one. God in One Person: Jesus Christ. Faithful and True. "His name is called The Word of God".
  • Eldon surrett
    the law tells us why we need God's grace
  • Ivan
    It clearly proofs that Jesus is God.