John 1:8

“Hee was not that light, but was sent to beare witnesse of that light.”

1611 King James Version (KJV)




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Other Translations

He was not that Light, but [was sent] to bear witness of that Light.
- King James Version

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

  • Joya potter
    John is a great first book to read in learning alot about Jesus.
  • Santi Tajuddin edy
    In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. JH 1:1 The same was in the beginning with God. JH 1:2 All things were made by [through] him; and without him [there WU] was not any thing made that was made. JH 1:3 In him was life; and the life was the light of men. JH 1:4 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. JH 1:5

    There was a man
  • Ruth
    Thank YOU and bless you for letting me put the relevant Word of God that glorifies the Word of God, Jesus on this site!
  • LINDA CANNON
    Jesus you are my light and salvation the lamb that were slain from the foundation of this world.Thank you for your holy shed blood for the remission of my sins.
    All praise and honor belongs to you. Jesus I will bless your names at all times and your praises shall continually be in my mouth. John said behold the Lamb of God who cometh to take away the sins of the world. John said look at him.
  • 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

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