John 1:17

“For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For the Law was giuen by Moses, but grace and trueth came by Iesus Christ.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

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

  • A disciple
    Hi Kevin; Jesus is called the Son of God because He was divinely implanted in the womb of the virgin, when the Power of the Highest overshadowed her. Jesus is also called the Son of man because He came in the flesh. And His name shall be called, Wonderful, Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace; King of Kings and Lord of Lords, and ther Judge of all the earth.
  • Ann
    The Son of man is our LORD Jesus Christ, when he dwelt on earth. Son of man is mentioned 196 times in the pure KJV bible. Here are a couple of scriptures to read. Luke 22:69 - Luke 24:7
  • Kevin
    John 1:51 If Jesus is the Son of God then who is the Son of man?
  • Steve morrow
    2 CORINTHIANS 3:6 who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament not of the letter but of the spirit for the letter killeth but the spirit giveth life --3:7--but if the ministration of death written and engraven in stones was glorious so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of moses for the glory of his countenance which glory was to be done away
  • Steve morrow
    2CORINTHIANS 3:8 how shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious-3:9-for if the ministration of condemnation be glory much more does the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory-3:10-for even that which was made glorious had no glory in this respect by reason of the glory that excelleth-3:11-for if that which is done away was glorious much more that which remaineth is glorious
  • Steve morrow
    HEBREWS 7:11 if therefore perfection were by a levitical priesthood for under it the people received the law what further need was there that another priest should rise after the order of melchisedec and not be called after the order of aaron --7:12--for the priesthood being changed there is made of necessity a change also of the law