John 1:8
Parallel Verses
New International Version
He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.

New Living Translation
John himself was not the light; he was simply a witness to tell about the light.

English Standard Version
He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light.

Berean Study Bible
He himself was not the Light, but he came to testify about the Light.

Berean Literal Bible
He was not the Light, but came that he might witness concerning the Light.

New American Standard Bible
He was not the Light, but he came to testify about the Light.

King James Bible
He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He was not the light, but he came to testify about the light.

International Standard Version
John was not the light, but he came to testify about the light.

NET Bible
He himself was not the light, but he came to testify about the light.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He was not The Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
John was not the light, but he came to declare the truth about the light.

New American Standard 1977
He was not the light, but came that he might bear witness of the light.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He was not the Light, but was sent to bear witness of the Light.

King James 2000 Bible
He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.

American King James Version
He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.

American Standard Version
He was not the light, but came that he might bear witness of the light.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He was not the light, but was to give testimony of the light.

Darby Bible Translation
He was not the light, but that he might witness concerning the light.

English Revised Version
He was not the light, but came that he might bear witness of the light.

Webster's Bible Translation
He was not that Light, but was sent to bear testimony of that Light.

Weymouth New Testament
He was not the Light, but he existed that he might give testimony concerning the Light.

World English Bible
He was not the light, but was sent that he might testify about the light.

Young's Literal Translation
that one was not the Light, but -- that he might testify about the Light.
Study Bible
The Witness of John
7He came as a witness to testify about the Light, so that through him everyone might believe. 8He himself was not the Light, but he came to testify about the Light. 9The true Light who gives light to every man was coming into the world.…
Word Study

That, that one there, yonder. From ekei; that one (neuter) thing); often intensified by the article prefixed.

I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

No, not. Also ouk, and ouch a primary word; the absolute negative adverb; no or not.

The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

Light, a source of light, radiance. From an obsolete phao; luminousness.

but [came]
all’ (Conj)
But, except, however. Neuter plural of allos; properly, other things, i.e. contrariwise.

In order that, so that. Probably from the same as the former part of heautou; in order that.

he might witness
martyrēsē (V-ASA-3S)
To witness, bear witness, give evidence, testify, give a good report. From martus; to be a witness, i.e. Testify.

concerning
peri (Prep)
From the base of peran; properly, through, i.e. Around; figuratively with respect to; used in various applications, of place, cause or time.

The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

Light, a source of light, radiance. From an obsolete phao; luminousness.

Commentary
Matthew Henry 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.
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