John 1:5

“And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And the light shineth in darknesse, and the darknesse comprehended it not.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And the light shineth in the darkness; and the darkness apprehended it not.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And the light goes on shining in the dark; it is not overcome by the dark.
- Basic English Bible

And the light appears in darkness, and the darkness apprehended it not.
- Darby Bible

And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
- Webster's Bible

The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overpowered it.
- Weymouth Bible

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness hasn't overcome it.
- World English Bible

and derknessis comprehendiden not it.
- Wycliffe Bible

and the light in the darkness did shine, and the darkness did not perceive it.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for John 1:5


1:5 And the light shineth in darkness - Shines even on fallen man; but the darkness - Dark, sinful man, perceiveth it not.


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.