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

  • 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.

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