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

  • 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.
  • Vanessa
    Worthy is the Lamb of God , John lead the way, but he wasn't worthy he baptized in water, Christ was the one that could baptize us with the Holy Ghost
  • Vanessa
    John was the first to lead the way to repentance by water, but Christ is the the light of the world to repentance, for he came to cleanse us from our sins and baptize us with the Holy Ghost, John could not do that. And stan phillip was the other God Bless all! Glory be to God in the highest Amen
  • Ivy Johnson
    V40: Andrew is mentioned: other man name not mention: Jesus the Lamb of God: not respond to John’s words: Name would have been mentioned: What a loss. We could have been reading about him throughout the Centuries, and learn so much from him like the rest of Disciples: suffering like their Master: So many of us today are in his category, missing out on things of God. Deaf ears: Doing our own thing

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