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

  • Preach
    To become a true Believer we must receive God as the Light of all Life in Jesus Christ by Faith. To understand and convey His real nature, office, and character of that Divine Teacher, who came to instruct and to redeem mankind. This is our most important argument in following and in invitations of souls to Christ. Jesus was in this world and they knew Him not!!! Amen
  • Stan jett
    In this chapter we have a list his 1st to the 5th diciples. 1st was Andrew and a 2unknown together at same time. 3 was SimonPeter. 4 was Philip, 5 was Nathanael.
  • Teri
    Jesus mission laid out perfectly by John! Yes He was sent to the Jew first and then the gentile everyone else v. 31. He came to take away the sin of the WORLD. The Jewish nation failed in taking the gospel message of Messiah to the world, but God isn't finished with the nation yet.
  • Melvin stewart
    THE GOSPEL JOHN OF IS ONE THE MOST PROFOUND BOOK OF THE BIBLE. JOHN ALLOW US TO SEE THE THREE GODHEAD IN OPERATION. THE FATHER THE SON AND THE HOLY GHOST
  • John Purdie
    Each time I read John, the Lord Jesus Christ is revealed to me, as it were, for the first time, and I see with spiritual eyes Behold "The Lamb of God, Who taketh away the sin of the world".
    Also, that the Word of God, is new every morning. It is the Living Word. Genesis 1:1 tells us "In the beginning GOD" . 1 John 1"In the beginning was the WORD, and the WORD was with GOD, and the Word was GOD. "
  • Obbie Beal
    1-51 GOD knowing 'time' is quickly ending for the human race; so at the above point in 'time' GOD reminds us of HIS intent from the beginning of 'time' (Genesis); also at the above point in 'time' GOD provide HIS plan (Christ /the Lamb of GOD) to the whole world so I and you shall have the opportunity to be 'Born-Again' through the Lamb of GOD /Christ, thereby saved from the lake of fire.

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