John 1:8

“He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Hee was not that light, but was sent to beare witnesse of that light.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

He was not the Light, but {he came} to testify about the Light.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

He was not the light, but `came' that he might bear witness of the light.
- American Standard Version (1901)

He himself was not the light: he was sent to give witness about the light.
- Basic English Bible

*He* was not the light, but that he might witness concerning the light.
- Darby Bible

He was not that Light, but was sent to bear testimony of that Light.
- Webster's Bible

He was not the Light, but he existed that he might give testimony concerning the Light.
- Weymouth Bible

He was not the light, but was sent that he might testify about the light.
- World English Bible

He was not the liyt, but that he schulde bere witnessing of the liyt.
- Wycliffe Bible

that one was not the Light, but -- that he might testify about the Light.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

People's Bible Notes for John 1:8


Joh 1:8 He was not that Light, but [was sent] to bear testimony. An early heretical sect held that John the Baptist was the Messiah. The apostle is explicit, in order to correct this error.

Discussion for John 1

  • 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.
  • John
    God said let their be light and light made all thing [wisdom]
  • Amadi Joshua
    Comment*1vs 3
    All things were made true him, without him was nothig made that was made.
    Who created God himself ?does God has ancestral beggining? Ancient of days he is and no human can search out his heat....dats one tin i know haleuluyah!!!
  • Thandy
    I think John came to inform us about Jesus Christ and what He meant to us and who He is.Looking at John 1vs 1 which states that in the beginning was the word and the word was with God and the word was God.Meaning to say that every word of God we speak it can be prophecy,or praying for those that are not well we will be speaking God in that individuals life.We will be bringing light in that persons life.Furthermore, if you look at John1:14 it tasks about the word becoming flesh.Which word? That word which was mentioned in the book of John 1:2 that the word was Godd. As we speak the word, we pray it becomes flesh in us it is not dead but alive and it is going to accomplish what I will be sending it fourth to do.Likensure when God saI'd let the light and there was light.Wooh this is powerfull. As as Christian we should exercase that authority which has been given unto us by speaking the word which is flesh and alive. I can go on and on.It was nicestablished sharinget with your.

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