John 1:8

“He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Hee was not that light, but was sent to beare witnesse of that light.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

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

  • Jason manning
    Amen that was the lesson
  • Insight777
    Jesus explained blood as a symbolic word. Mark 14:24" And he said unto them, This is my blood of the new testament, " Testament is doctrine
  • A disciple
    Insight777; Its very dangerous to be saying, "thus saith the LORD," when God has not said anything to you! There are a lot of things you are getting seriously wrong. Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world; and teaching IS NOT shedding of the blood! All your analogies are nothing according to the truth of the Scriptures, but fake spiritualism! and out of your own head!
  • Insight777
    Jesus never called himself the Lamb. Jesus never said I am going to die for your sins.
    Jesus did say he is the shepherd. Jesus said feed my lambs. Jesus was Holy from birth but the Spirit he received upon baptism is the knowledge of the new religion he was to establish.Jesus had full knowledge of the Jewish religion but not the direction from God to separate completely from it for human salvation.
  • Lu2677
    Insight7John 11-14 is talking about Christ.He most certainly was born with the Holy Spirit from the womb.You say he was not. John witnessed of the Light=Jesus. John saw the Holy Spirit descending on Christ so John would know when people believed on Christ they would receive the Holy Spirit. Jesus is the Holy Spirit, he is God he came to earth in the flesh. Can he be separated from himself? No.
  • Sheri Stump
    God tells us in Gen 1 that He and the word are one. Is the word Jesus? Yes in John 1:14 says the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.

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