John 1:7
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New International Version
He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe.

New Living Translation
to tell about the light so that everyone might believe because of his testimony.

English Standard Version
He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him.

New American Standard Bible
He came as a witness, to testify about the Light, so that all might believe through him.

King James Bible
The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He came as a witness to testify about the light, so that all might believe through him.

International Standard Version
He came as a witness to testify about the light, so that all might believe because of him.

NET Bible
He came as a witness to testify about the light, so that everyone might believe through him.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He came for a witness, to testify about The Light, that everyone by him would believe.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
John came to declare the truth about the light so that everyone would become believers through his message.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.

King James 2000 Bible
The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.

American King James Version
The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.

American Standard Version
The same came for witness, that he might bear witness of the light, that all might believe through him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
This man came for a witness, to give testimony of the light, that all men might believe through him.

Darby Bible Translation
He came for witness, that he might witness concerning the light, that all might believe through him.

English Revised Version
The same came for witness, that he might bear witness of the light, that all might believe through him.

Webster's Bible Translation
The same came for a witness, to bear testimony of the Light, that all men through him might believe.

Weymouth New Testament
He came as a witness, in order that he might give testimony concerning the Light--so that all might believe through him.

World English Bible
The same came as a witness, that he might testify about the light, that all might believe through him.

Young's Literal Translation
this one came for testimony, that he might testify about the Light, that all might believe through him;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

1:6-14 John the Baptist came to bear witness concerning Jesus. Nothing more fully shows the darkness of men's minds, than that when the Light had appeared, there needed a witness to call attention to it. Christ was the true Light; that great Light which deserves to be called so. By his Spirit and grace he enlightens all that are enlightened to salvation; and those that are not enlightened by him, perish in darkness. Christ was in the world when he took our nature upon him, and dwelt among us. The Son of the Highest was here in this lower world. He was in the world, but not of it. He came to save a lost world, because it was a world of his own making. Yet the world knew him not. When he comes as a Judge, the world shall know him. Many say that they are Christ's own, yet do not receive him, because they will not part with their sins, nor have him to reign over them. All the children of God are born again. This new birth is through the word of God as the means, 1Pe 1:23, and by the Spirit of God as the Author. By his Divine presence Christ always was in the world. But now that the fulness of time was come, he was, after another manner, God manifested in the flesh. But observe the beams of his Divine glory, which darted through this veil of flesh. Men discover their weaknesses to those most familiar with them, but it was not so with Christ; those most intimate with him saw most of his glory. Although he was in the form of a servant, as to outward circumstances, yet, in respect of graces, his form was like the Son of God His Divine glory appeared in the holiness of his doctrine, and in his miracles. He was full of grace, fully acceptable to his Father, therefore qualified to plead for us; and full of truth, fully aware of the things he was to reveal.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 7. - This man came (historic, η΅λθε) for witness, that he might bear witness concerning the Light. The entire prophetic dispensation is thus characterized. That which the Baptist did, Malachi, Isaiah, Elijah, Hosea, Moses, had done in their day. He came, and by penetrating insight and burning word, by flashes of moral revelation and intense earnestness, "bare witness concerning the Light" which was ever shining into the darkness. His aim and theirs was to prevent the forces of darkness from suppressing or absorbing the light. He came to sting the apathy and disturb the self-complacency of the darkness. He came to interpret the fact of the Light which was shining but not apprehended; and so did all the prophetic ministry of which he was the latest and most illustrious exponent. He came to assert the meaning for man of all God's perfections; to call conscience from its death sleep; to draw distinctions of tremendous significance between moral and ceremonial obedience; to exalt obedience above sacrifice, and works meet for repentance above Abrahamic privilege; to warn by lurid threatenings of a fiery wrath and a terrible curse which would fall on the disobedient, though consecrated, people. In this he was but the last of a goodly fellowship of prophets who bore witness to the Light of life which had its being in the Eternal Logos of God. He came, as they all had come, with a view of producing results far greater than, as a matter of fact, they have actually achieved. He came to bear such testimony that all through him, i.e. by the force of his appeal or by the fierce glow thus cast upon the perils and follies of the hour, might believe - might realize the full significance of the Light which they had hitherto refused to accept. The greatness of this expectation corresponds with the hope which the ministry of Jesus failed also to realize (Matthew 11:9-14). The splendid ministry of this "burning and shining lamp" might, it would seem, have brought all Israel to acknowledge Christ as the Light of the world; but "the darkness apprehended it not." The entire prophetic dispensation, the testimony which the priestly services and sacrifices bore to the evil of sin and to the awfulness of righteousness, as well as the condemnation of the follies and pleasures of the world, involved in John the Baptist's ascetic profession, might have roused all Israel to believe in the Light. He gathered together all the forces of the Mosaic, prophetic, Levitical, Essenic ministries to bear on the people. Everything that Law could do was done to reveal the Light; but "all" did not believe, for "the darkness apprehended it not."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

The same came for a witness,.... The end of his being sent, and the design of his coming were,

to bear witness of the light: by which is meant, not the light of nature, or reason; nor the light of the Gospel: but Christ himself, the author of light, natural, spiritual, and eternal. This was one of the names of the Messiah with the Jews; of whom they say (u), , "light is his name"; as it is said in Daniel 2:22 and the light dwelleth with him; on which they have (w) elsewhere this gloss, this is the King Messiah; and so they interpret Psalm 43:3 of him (x). Philo the Jew often speaks of the Logos, or word, as light, and calls him the intelligible light; the universal light, the most perfect light; represents him as full of divine light; and says, he is called the sun (y). Now John came to bear a testimony to him, as he did; of which an account is given in this chapter, very largely, and elsewhere; as that he testified of his existence before his incarnation; of his being with the Father, and in his bosom: of his deity and divine sonship; of his being the Messiah; of the fulness of grace that was in him; of his incarnation and satisfaction; of his descent from heaven; and of his relation to his church, as in John 1:15 the end of which witness was,

that all men through him might believe; that is, that the Jews, to whom he preached, might, through his testimony, believe that Jesus was the light, and true Messiah; for these words are to be taken in a limited sense, and not to be extended, to every individual of mankind; since millions were dead before John began his testimony, and multitudes then in being, and since, whom it never reached: nor can it design more than the Jews, to whom alone he bore witness of Christ; and the faith which he taught, and required by his testimony, was an assent unto him as the Messiah; though the preaching of the Gospel is a means of true spiritual faith in Christ; and doubtless it was so to many, as preached by John: it points out the object of faith, and encourages souls to believe in Christ; and hence, Gospel ministers are instruments by whom ethers believe; and faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God; and then is it, considerable end of the Gospel ministry answered,

(u) Echa Rabbati, fol. 50. 2.((w) Bereshit Rabba, fol. 1. 3. (x) Jarchi in ib. (y) De Maudi Opificio, p. 6. De Allegor. l. 2. p. 80. & de Somniis, p. 576, 578.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

7. through him—John.

John 1:7 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Witness of John
6There came a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7He came as a witness, to testify about the Light, so that all might believe through him. 8He was not the Light, but he came to testify about the Light.…
Cross References
Malachi 3:1
"I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way before me. Then suddenly the Lord you are seeking will come to his temple; the messenger of the covenant, whom you desire, will come," says the LORD Almighty.

John 1:12
Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God--

John 1:15
(John testified concerning him. He cried out, saying, "This is the one I spoke about when I said, 'He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.'")

John 1:19
Now this was John's testimony when the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask him who he was.

John 1:32
Then John gave this testimony: "I saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him.

John 3:26
They came to John and said to him, "Rabbi, that man who was with you on the other side of the Jordan--the one you testified about--look, he is baptizing, and everyone is going to him."

John 5:33
"You have sent to John and he has testified to the truth.

Acts 19:4
Paul said, "John's baptism was a baptism of repentance. He told the people to believe in the one coming after him, that is, in Jesus."

Galatians 3:26
So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith,
Treasury of Scripture

The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.

a witness.

John 1:19,26,27,32-34,36 And this is the record of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites …

John 3:26-36 And they came to John, and said to him, Rabbi, he that was with you …

John 5:33-35 You sent to John, and he bore witness to the truth…

Acts 19:4 Then said Paul, John truly baptized with the baptism of repentance, …

that.

John 1:9 That was the true Light, which lights every man that comes into the world.

John 3:26 And they came to John, and said to him, Rabbi, he that was with you …

Ephesians 3:9 And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which …

1 Timothy 2:4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

Titus 2:11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men,

2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; …

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