John 1:17

“For the Law was giuen by Moses, but grace and trueth came by Iesus Christ.”

1611 King James Version (KJV)




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Other Translations

For the law was given by Moses, [but] grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.
- King James Version

For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
- American Standard Version (1901)

For the law was given through Moses; grace and the true way of life are ours through Jesus Christ.
- Basic English Bible

For the law was given by Moses: grace and truth subsists through Jesus Christ.
- Darby Bible

For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.
- Webster's Bible

For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
- Weymouth Bible

For the law was given through Moses. Grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ.
- World English Bible

For the lawe was youun bi Moises; but grace and treuthe `is maad bi Jhesu Crist.
- Wycliffe Bible

for the law through Moses was given, the grace and the truth through Jesus Christ did come;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for John 1:17


1:17 The law - Working wrath and containing shadows: was given - No philosopher, poet, or orator, ever chose his words so accurately as St. John. The law, saith he, was given by Moses: grace was by Jesus Christ. Observe the reason for placing each word thus: The law of Moses was not his own. The grace of Christ was. His grace was opposite to the wrath, his truth to the shadowy ceremonies of the law. Jesus - St. John having once mentioned the incarnation {#Joh 1:14|,) no more uses that name, the Word, in all his book.


People's Bible Notes for John 1:17


Joh 1:17 The law was given by Moses. It was not a system of grace, nor could it make men perfect; in contrast with it the system of "grace and truth" (Joh 1:14) was given by Jesus Christ.

Discussion for John 1

  • Bruce
    If The World Does not See Christ in Us, We are in Big Trouble and They Will not Find The Narrow Road Which Leads to Eternal Life. We are that Light. Like it's Been Said, Let it Shine. We Will have Tribulation, Persecution,Trouble, in Jail, Lied about But Continue inThe Faith: You will Hear, Well Done Thou Good and Faithful Servant--- Enter Thou Into The Joy of Thyself Lord(Matthew 25:21)
  • Kathryn
    Let your light shine. Jesus is the light. Shine bright and nothing can put that light out.
  • Sally
    And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

  • Steve morrow
    JOHN 1:4 in HIM was life and the life was the light of men PROVERBS 6:23 for the commandment is a lamp and the law is light and reproofs of instruction are the way of life HEBREWS 7:12 for the priesthood being changed there is made of necessity a change also of the law GALATIANS 6:2 bear you one another's burdens and so fulfil the law of CHRIST
  • Bruce
    Comforter: John 14:16, 14:26, 15:26 and John 16:7 ---The Comforter Will not come unto You ; But if I Depart, I Will Send Him unto You
  • Marcel gendron
    trying to find the passage where john says that Christ would send a Comforter

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