John 1:9

That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

That was the true light, which lighteth euery man that commeth into the world.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

There was the true Light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

There was the true light, `even the light' which lighteth every man, coming into the world.
- American Standard Version (1901)

The true light, which gives light to every man, was then coming into the world.
- Basic English Bible

The true light was that which, coming into the world, lightens every man.
- Darby Bible

That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.
- Webster's Bible

The true Light was that which illumines every man by its coming into the world.
- Weymouth Bible

The true light that enlightens everyone was coming into the world.
- World English Bible

There was a very liyt, which liytneth ech man that cometh in to this world.
- Wycliffe Bible

He was the true Light, which doth enlighten every man, coming to the world;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for John 1:9


1:9 Who lighteth every man - By what is vulgarly termed natural conscience, pointing out at least the general lines of good and evil. And this light, if man did not hinder, would shine more and more to the perfect day.


People's Bible Notes for John 1:9


Joh 1:9 [That] was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. The Revised Version reads, "There was the true light, [even the light] which lighteth every man, coming into the world". Grammatically, both in the Greek and the English, "coming" may belong to the "light", or "every" man. We believe that it should agree with "light". That was the true or real Light who, when he comes into the world, enlightens every man. Jesus says, "I am come a light into the world" (Joh 12:46).

Discussion for John 1:9

  • Gosaye smart for verse 9
    GOD BLESS YOU
  • The Light is Jesus that shines on every human being born drawing each to Him.
  • Jeff Bailey for verse 9
    The very existence of life itself, physical or spiritual is in Christ. All things were made by him and in Genesis he breathed the very breath of "life " into man. Only man, made in the image of God, is spoken of as having a "living soul ", thus every man has the "light " or existence. This verse only speaks to the living soul not the eternal salvation of one, otherwise it would teach that everyone will be saved, or everyone is called, and none go to Hell. Everyone will not be saved as Revelation teaches us that some are "cast into the lake of fire ".
  • This solidifies the fact that it is the will of God that to every person is made available the grace of God and His gift of salvation It is His will that none perish
  • the only light that gives focus, good sense of direction and leading that makes a person's(Christian)life meaningful exciting, less of human errors and above all very fulfilling.
  • Ian Calvert for verse 9
    I view this verse the existentialist sense , that is in being part of G-ds creation , his providence his Law (of grace), we all as newborn infants perceive a world of providence, grace , it is by this benevolence that we form our concience, faith , religion. This verse is speaking of Masseih as G-ds declaration of his Torah (eternal word).

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