John 1:4

“In him was life; and the life was the light of men.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

In him was life, and the life was the light of men.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
- American Standard Version (1901)

What came into existence in him was life, and the life was the light of men.
- Basic English Bible

In him was life, and the life was the light of men.
- Darby Bible

In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
- Webster's Bible

In Him was Life, and that Life was the Light of men.
- Weymouth Bible

In him was life, and the life was the light of men.
- World English Bible

In hym was lijf, and the lijf was the liyt of men; and the liyt schyneth in derknessis,
- Wycliffe Bible

In him was life, and the life was the light of men,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for John 1:4


1:4 In him was life - He was the foundation of life to every living thing, as well as of being to all that is. And the life was the light of men - He who is essential life, and the giver of life to all that liveth, was also the light of men; the fountain of wisdom, holiness, and happiness, to man in his original state.


People's Bible Notes for John 1:4


Joh 1:4 In him was life. He had life in himself, and hence is a fountain from whence life flows to man. Death could not hold him, because in him is life, and he became "the Resurrection and the Life" (Joh 11:25) for us. The life was the light of men. The life that Christ bestows enlightens men. He is the Light of the World (Joh 8:12 9:5). His light chases away the darkness of the earth, though, when John wrote, the darkness did not receive it. Men, in darkness, had eyes and saw not. All history demonstrates that Christ is the Light of the World; every redeemed soul recognizes the fact.

Discussion for John 1

  • Anton
    We filled with light. The light is came from Jesus. So Jesus is inside sin is out side.
  • MockingBird
    The Grace of God teaches us to deny ungodliness : The word of God is Truth : The law to my understanding : 5 are toward God and 5 are toward man : If I break one of those laws it is as though I have broken all in God's eyes : Not a one of us has kept the law : For all have sinned and come short of the Glory of God : This is where Grace and Truth comes in . Jesus is our Passover Lamb !!!
  • Geri
    I love to read and learn from the Scriptires.
    If the people in Jesus' day, when He was among them, had received him as these first disciples accepted him, our world would be different today. The TRUTH will remain so no matter.how the enemy slices it.
  • Aliciabrown
    It's talking about in the beginning God created the heaven and earth
  • Kevin gammon
    it's good to know that god se;s us no matter were we are
    or what we are going thru
  • Daniel
    This chapter gives the unveiling of the Son of God and the key to entering in to eternal salvation . The Lord is God. He is the image of the invisible God. Just as Israel rejected him He is the God of Israel, we need to receive him -not with ref to sin

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