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 1:5

  • Darkness could never understood how God, the creator of all that exist could have left his home in glory and became flesh to suffer and die to save mankind, darkness could never understood how mankind transgression, iniquity ,curses, sickness and sin could be destroyed.Darkness could never understood how God 's wrath could be removed from us and that we would become sons of God. It never knew how, when and where the Death and Hell would lose its power and man would receive the salvation from the Lord and be free from their burden of sins. Darkness could never understood God 's love for us. Praise God
  • Ransford Aryee for verse 5
    Christ and Christians are light. This dark world can not understand Christians.
  • Vieuxjoss for verse 5
    THE light of GOD is our security ,protection living in GOD 'S LIGHT MEANS living with our LORD JESUS CHRIST,walking with him day after day ,forever and forever i have made up my mind to walk with JESUS CHRIST and enjoy my living with GOD 'S LIGHT.
  • John Perry for verse 5
    There is so much to be afraid of in today 's world their is so much ignorance, so much self absorption, so much hated. It is only through The Light that there is protection from the evils that can befall each and every single one of us. When in contact with darkness, with ignorance, with self absorption and especially with hatred, go to The Light it is only there that Hope lies, that Salvation rests, that Sanctuary exists, and that Love is kept. Its also where we will find Our Father, for it is there...in The Light...in Hope, in Salvation, in Santuary, and especially in Love, the He resides...God bless.
  • Bartholomew C.I for verse 5
    God is the only true light. He must be preached as the light in the world at large.
  • Amir Dewani for verse 5
    In God we trust. Light is truth, and truth is God.