John 1:4

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

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

In him was life, and the life was the light of men.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

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 1:4

  • Lexy Lilian for verse 4
    I like this bible verse with Isaiah 8:20
  • Elisheva for verse 4
    Yahushua is His real name why you change it!...satan name was not change but you all change my Sabiors?...so to me this whole bible is out of order period....Yahweh said to call His son Yahushua!...it says in revelation not to add or remove,...so thereis something wrong with your whole bible
  • He is The Light of Men and the Son of Man. 'He is the Light of God and the Son of God. He is the SonLight of Heaven.
  • an intriguing note on Jesus Christ being the Light of Life is that a secular website displayed a picture of the sun showing the many types of rays that are emitted from the sun such as gamma uv radio microwave and infrared rays part of which is shown the light of life the fact that he is also the Sun of Righteousness is another aspect of extreme interest to the believer everything about him is intriguing
  • Men were in darkness and were dead. For centuries now they have been living without life(zoe). They were cut off from the truth. The life that men needed was in Him and only that life was enough to bring light to men. The light and the life are two inseparable things, that is why he said we are the light of the world cause once you receive that life light also comes in
  • DR. \\\\payton for verse 4
    I know that you are right. Acts 4:12

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