John 12:36
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New International Version
Believe in the light while you have the light, so that you may become children of light." When he had finished speaking, Jesus left and hid himself from them.

New Living Translation
Put your trust in the light while there is still time; then you will become children of the light." After saying these things, Jesus went away and was hidden from them.

English Standard Version
While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light.” When Jesus had said these things, he departed and hid himself from them.

Berean Study Bible
While you have the Light, believe in the Light, so that you may become sons of light." After Jesus had spoken these things, He went away and hid Himself from them.

Berean Literal Bible
While you have the light, believe in the light, so that you may become sons of light." Jesus spoke these things, and having gone away, He was hidden from them.

New American Standard Bible
"While you have the Light, believe in the Light, so that you may become sons of Light." These things Jesus spoke, and He went away and hid Himself from them.

King James Bible
While ye have light, believe in the light, that ye may be the children of light. These things spake Jesus, and departed, and did hide himself from them.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
While you have the light, believe in the light so that you may become sons of light." Jesus said this, then went away and hid from them.

International Standard Version
As long as you have the light, believe in the light, so that you may become children of light." After Jesus had said this, he went away and hid from them.

NET Bible
While you have the light, believe in the light, so that you may become sons of light." When Jesus had said these things, he went away and hid himself from them.

New Heart English Bible
While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become children of light." Jesus said these things, and he departed and hid himself from them.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“While The Light is with you, believe in The Light, that you might be the children of The Light.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
While you have the light, believe in the light so that you will become people whose lives show the light." After Jesus had said this, he was concealed as he left.

New American Standard 1977
“While you have the light, believe in the light, in order that you may become sons of light.”

      These things Jesus spoke, and He departed and hid Himself from them.

Jubilee Bible 2000
While ye have the Light, believe in the Light that ye may be the sons of light. Jesus spoke these things and departed and hid himself from them.

King James 2000 Bible
While you have light, believe in the light, that you may be the children of light. These things spoke Jesus, and departed, and did hide himself from them.

American King James Version
While you have light, believe in the light, that you may be the children of light. These things spoke Jesus, and departed, and did hide himself from them.

American Standard Version
While ye have the light, believe on the light, that ye may become sons of light. These things spake Jesus, and he departed and hid himself from them.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Whilst you have the light, believe in the light, that you may be the children of light. These things Jesus spoke; and he went away, and hid himself from them.

Darby Bible Translation
While ye have the light, believe in the light, that ye may become sons of light. Jesus said these things, and going away hid himself from them.

English Revised Version
While ye have the light, believe on the light, that ye may become sons of light. These things spake Jesus, and he departed and hid himself from them.

Webster's Bible Translation
While ye have light, believe in the light, that ye may be the children of light. These things spoke Jesus, and departed, and concealed himself from them.

Weymouth New Testament
In the degree that you have light, believe in the Light, so that you may become sons of Light." Jesus said this, and went away and hid Himself from them.

World English Bible
While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become children of light." Jesus said these things, and he departed and hid himself from them.

Young's Literal Translation
while ye have the light, believe in the light, that sons of light ye may become.' These things spake Jesus, and having gone away, he was hid from them,

Study Bible
Jesus Predicts His Death
35So Jesus told them, “For a little while longer, the Light will be among you. Walk while you have the Light, so that darkness will not overtake you. The one who walks in the darkness does not know where he is going. 36While you have the Light, believe in the Light, so that you may become sons of light.” After Jesus had spoken these things, He went away and hid Himself from them. 37Although Jesus had performed so many signs in their presence, they still did not believe in Him.…
Cross References
Matthew 5:14
You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden.

Luke 16:8
The master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly. For the sons of this age are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind than are the sons of light.

John 8:12
Once again, Jesus spoke to the people and said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows Me will never walk in the darkness, but will have the light of life."

John 8:59
At this, they picked up stones to throw at Him. But Jesus hid Himself and slipped away from the temple area.

John 12:37
Although Jesus had performed so many signs in their presence, they still did not believe in Him.

John 12:46
I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in Me should remain in darkness.

Ephesians 5:8
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light,
Treasury of Scripture

While you have light, believe in the light, that you may be the children of light. These things spoke Jesus, and departed, and did hide himself from them.

believe.

John 1:7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all …

John 3:21 But he that does truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be …

Isaiah 60:1 Arise, shine; for your light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen on you.

Acts 13:47,48 For so has the Lord commanded us, saying, I have set you to be a …

the children.

Luke 16:8 And the lord commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely…

Ephesians 5:8 For you were sometimes darkness, but now are you light in the Lord: …

1 Thessalonians 5:5,8 You are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we …

1 John 2:9-11 He that said he is in the light, and hates his brother, is in darkness …

and departed.

John 8:59 Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and …

John 10:39,40 Therefore they sought again to take him: but he escaped out of their hand…

John 11:54 Jesus therefore walked no more openly among the Jews; but went there …

Matthew 21:17 And he left them, and went out of the city into Bethany; and he lodged there.

(36) While ye have light, believe in the light.--Better, as above, According as ye have the light. The words are repeated and placed in the most emphatic position in the sentence.

That ye may be the children of light.--Better, that ye may become sons of light. (Comp. for this phrase Notes on John 17:12; Luke 10:6; Luke 16:8; also Ephesians 5:8.) The thought here is the one familiar in St. John, that the believer should become like unto Him in whom he believed. Those who believed in the light should receive light, and become themselves centres whence light should radiate to others and illumine their own paths.

These things spake Jesus, and departed.--(Comp. Note on Luke 21:37.) He retired probably to Bethany.

Verse 36. - But he concludes with one more glorious invitation. As, up to this moment, you have the Light, Believe in the Light; treat it as light - receive the revelation I have given you (cf. the ninth and eleventh chapters); "Work while it is called today;" "stumble not;" make no irreparable mistake. "Become " - so walk that ye may become yourselves sons of Light, illumined and luminous. This fine expression is found in Luke 16:8; 1 Thessalonians 5:5; and, with alteration of υἱοὶ into τέκρα, in Ephesians 5:8. This last word, public word, of Jesus, which was in part accepted by some of his hearers, as we see from ver. 42, corresponds with the Beatitudes, and sustains one at least of the main theses of the prologue: "The Life was the Light of men." These things spake Jesus, and departed, and was hidden from them. This utterance records the close of the Lord's public ministry, and therefore the solemn termination of the various scenes and discourses preserved in the synoptic narrative. The people of his love saw him no more till he appeared as a criminal in the hands' of the officers of the Sanhedrin, on his way to the Praetorium. In the silence of the home- at Bethany he probably spent the last day of his earthly ministry, which terminated in the marvelous converse at the Last Supper. "This time it was no mere cloud which obscured the sun, for to them the sun itself had set." And now, through several verses, the evangelist presents his own reflections on the cause of the strange paradoxical proceeding which led "his own" not to receive him. While ye have light, believe in the light,.... Receive the Messiah, and credit the Gospel revelation; this is an explanation of the exhortation in the preceding verse:

that ye may be the children of the light; that is, that they might appear to be such who are enlightened persons; and such are truly so, who are made light in the Lord, or who are enlightened by the Spirit of God to see their own sinfulness, impotency, and unrighteousness, and their need of Christ, and his righteousness and strength, and of salvation by him; and who are made meet, by the grace of God, to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light; and which is made manifest by believing in Christ, and walking on in him, as they have received him, and by walking honestly, as in the daytime, and circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, for such walk as children of the light.

These things spake Jesus, and departed; from those Jews, as being unworthy of any further conversation with him; and from Jerusalem, very likely to Bethany, whither he frequently retired, especially at night, during the few days before the passover:

and did hide himself from them: for his safety, for he knew that they were irritated by what he said, and would seek to lay hold upon him, and deliver him to the sanhedrim; and whereas his hour was not yet fully come, there were a few more sands in the glass to run, he provided for his security, by absconding from them; and this was an emblem of his wholly removing from them, and leaving them, and their house, desolate; and it is very likely that from this time forward they saw him no more as ministering the word unto them; and also of his taking his Gospel from them in a little time, and of his hiding the things of it from them, which respected himself, and salvation by him. 36. These things spake Jesus, and departed, and did hide himself from them—He who spake as never man spake, and immediately after words fraught with unspeakable dignity and love, had to "hide Himself" from His auditors! What then must they have been? He retired, probably to Bethany. (The parallels are: Mt 21:17; Lu 21:37).12:34-36 The people drew false notions from the Scriptures, because they overlooked the prophecies that spoke of Christ's sufferings and death. Our Lord warned them that the light would not long continue with them, and exhorted them to walk in it, before the darkness overtook them. Those who would walk in the light must believe in it, and follow Christ's directions. But those who have not faith, cannot behold what is set forth in Jesus, lifted up on the cross, and must be strangers to its influence as made known by the Holy Spirit; they find a thousand objections to excuse their unbelief.
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