John 1:5

“And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And the light shineth in darknesse, and the darknesse comprehended it not.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And the light shineth in the darkness; and the darkness apprehended it not.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And the light goes on shining in the dark; it is not overcome by the dark.
- Basic English Bible

And the light appears in darkness, and the darkness apprehended it not.
- Darby Bible

And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
- Webster's Bible

The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overpowered it.
- Weymouth Bible

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness hasn't overcome it.
- World English Bible

and derknessis comprehendiden not it.
- Wycliffe Bible

and the light in the darkness did shine, and the darkness did not perceive it.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for John 1:5


1:5 And the light shineth in darkness - Shines even on fallen man; but the darkness - Dark, sinful man, perceiveth it not.


Discussion for John 1

  • A disciple
    Steve; John saw the Father sitting on the throne in Revelation; and the Lord Jesus HAS appeared to many through the ages; but it is generally not regarded, not believed, and evil spoken of; so its only known (if at all) in the smaller circles of the true Believers everywhere. If we've actually seen the Lord or audibly heard His voice, we know that it is a most holy thing not meant to glorify self.
  • Alex
    This Jn 1 v 12 n 13 is so Precious, telling us that his Name ( sake ) th H.G. IS NOT BORN OF BLOOD, HE IS NOT A FLESH AND BLOOD BEING, NOR OF THE WILL OF MAN MEANING NOT BY THE SEED OF MAN,BUT BY THE WILL OF GOD MEANING BY THE SEED OF GOD,TH LIVING WORD,TH SEED OF THE SOWER WHICH IS THE SEED OF CHRIST,THIS IS TH ISRAEL OF GOD AS THAT WHICH IS BORN OF THE SPIRIT IS SPIRIT. TH MULTIPLICATION OF GOD
  • Alex
    This Jn 1 v 12 n 13 is so Precious, telling us that his Name ( sake ) th H.G. IS NOT BORN OF BLOOD, HE IS NOT A FLESH AND BLOOD BEING, NOR OF THE WILL OF MAN MEANING NOT BY THE SEED OF MAN,BUT BY THE WILL OF GOD MEANING BY THE SEED OF GOD,TH LIVING WORD,TH SEED OF THE SOWER WHICH IS THE SEED OF CHRIST,THIS IS TH ISRAEL OF GOD AS THAT WHICH IS BORN OF THE SPIRIT IS SPIRIT. TH MULTIPLICATION OF GOD
  • Steve
    No one has ever seen the Father but Jesus. Has anyone out there seen Jesus? In November of 2008 around 5pm, Our Lord Jesus appeared with His heavenly host to me when I was very sick. He did not speak, but smiled to me. In my 69 years of life, the few minutes spent with Him, is the high point of my life. Never really understood why He blessed a sinner like me so wonderfully. Jesus is alive!!
  • Halieus
    This book of John is History in the making for the Gentiles and Jews, so being a Gentile (actually an American of German and Latino Parents) now I am grateful the Lord Jesus Christ died for me that I might live and for anyone who believes in His Word of Life and Light.
  • HERBERT Brown
    John believe and committed to every word of God.