John 1:4

“In him was life, and the life was the light of men.”

1611 King James Version (KJV)




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Other Translations

In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
- King James Version

In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
- American Standard Version (1901)

What came into existence in him was life, and the life was the light of men.
- Basic English Bible

In him was life, and the life was the light of men.
- Darby Bible

In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
- Webster's Bible

In Him was Life, and that Life was the Light of men.
- Weymouth Bible

In him was life, and the life was the light of men.
- World English Bible

In hym was lijf, and the lijf was the liyt of men; and the liyt schyneth in derknessis,
- Wycliffe Bible

In him was life, and the life was the light of men,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for John 1:4


1:4 In him was life - He was the foundation of life to every living thing, as well as of being to all that is. And the life was the light of men - He who is essential life, and the giver of life to all that liveth, was also the light of men; the fountain of wisdom, holiness, and happiness, to man in his original state.


People's Bible Notes for John 1:4


Joh 1:4 In him was life. He had life in himself, and hence is a fountain from whence life flows to man. Death could not hold him, because in him is life, and he became "the Resurrection and the Life" (Joh 11:25) for us. The life was the light of men. The life that Christ bestows enlightens men. He is the Light of the World (Joh 8:12 9:5). His light chases away the darkness of the earth, though, when John wrote, the darkness did not receive it. Men, in darkness, had eyes and saw not. All history demonstrates that Christ is the Light of the World; every redeemed soul recognizes the fact.

Discussion for John 1

  • 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
  • Steve morrow
    JOHN 1:4IN HIM WAS LIFE AND THE LIFE WAS THE LIGHT OF MEN JOHN 6:63 it is the spirit that quickeneth the flesh profiteth nothing the words that I speak unto you they are spirit and and they are life JOB33:27he looketh upon men and if any say I have sinned and perverted that which was right and it profited me not33:28he will deliver his soul from going into the pit and his life shall see the light
  • Kalyani Davidar
    We are right at the outset acquainted with the divinity of Christ as unlike the synoptic Gospels, John does not commence with a focus on events but on the adulthood of the Son of Man sent from God , which John the Baptist makes clear. That Christ was the I Am who preceded all else and was part of the Creation act is revealed in the very first verse as also that the Word had to assume human form...
  • Harry whorton
    John 1:2 the word of God was with God from before creation. We cannot separate God from his word. They are one in the same. Praise God always, for he is holy.
  • Steve morrow
    JOHN 1:14 and the word was made flesh and dwelt among us and we beheld HIS glory the glory as the only begotten of THE FATHER full of grace and truth --1:17-- for--THE LAW--was given by moses but --- GRACE AND TRUTH CAME BY JESUS CHRIST --- PHILIPPIANS 2:21 FOR ALL SEEK THEIR OWN NOT THE THINGS WHICH ARE JESUS CHRISTS

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