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

  • ANTHONY PLANGE-ANNAN
    I give thanks and glory to John who humbly give good accounts of the Messiah and not given credit to himself by saying I baptize you with water but he will do with the Holy Spirit.
  • Edna
    I so much like verse 12 "But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name"
  • Tracey Greene
    I love that part where the word says: and all we have received of His fullness. Christ is full of grace and truth, and having received of His fullness is incredible, His Spirit lives on the inside of us giving us a truly wonderful power to overcome the things of the world. John makes it plain, to the point.
  • Bob G.
    Elijah,

    He already came as their Messiah. They rejected Him. That rejection came to a head with the stoning of Stephen. The second coming will be as King. To rule and reign with Israel on the earth. Today believers are in the Body of Christ which has a heavenly promise. Hope this helps.
  • Elijah
    Would any of you be so kind as to tell my why the second coming of jesus cannot fulfill the jewish definition of a Messiah?
  • Antwi
    King James
    Good news



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