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

  • Lilian
    In the beginning there was a word and the word was with God and the word is God i believe you Lord Jesus that you are the word from Abba Father in order for us to believe that there is God our Father who truly loves us your word Lord is my life i will love you and will praise forever you are the light of my world amen hallelujah
  • Indi garcha
    Holy,direct,to the point,the truth
  • Steve morrow
    JOHN1:4IN HIM WAS LIFE AND THE LIFE WAS THE LIGHT OF MEN JOHN6:63it is the spirit that quickeneth the flesh profiteth nothing the words that I speak unto you they are spirit and they are life ISAIAH 8:20 to the law and to the testimony if they speak not according this word it is because there is no light in them PSALM119:138THY TESTIMONIES THAT THOU HAST COMMANDED ARE RIGHTEOUS AND VERY FAITHFUL
  • Jaswanth
    In this chapter, John declares the origin of the Son of God and His glory. we also read how John and Jesus Christ met and baptism of the Son of God, immediately the voice of God comes from heaven saying: This is my Beloved Son, In whom I am well pleased, whereafter the disciples follow him.
  • Steve morrow
    --- WHAT DOES GOD SAY --- 1 CORINTHIANS 8:5 for though there be that are called gods whether in heaven or in earth as they be gods many and lords many --8:6-- BUT TO US THERE IS BUT ONE GOD THE FATHER OF WHOM ARE ALL THINGS AND WE IN HIM AND ONE LORD JESUS CHRIST BY WHOM ARE ALL THINGS AND WE BY HIM
  • Rev Autrey
    John 1:1 says "... and he was God" because Jesus is God. See we must understand that God speaks to us only by the name Jesus. The Father then and the Holy Spirit are his other two names. See with God it's not the dividing of himself into 3 parts, it's name recognition. That is, by what name he chooses to speak to us. And that name is always Jesus.

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