John 9:5
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New International Version
While I am in the world, I am the light of the world."

New Living Translation
But while I am here in the world, I am the light of the world."

English Standard Version
As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”

New American Standard Bible
"While I am in the world, I am the Light of the world."

King James Bible
As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world."

International Standard Version
As long as I'm in the world, I'm the light of the world."

NET Bible
As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“As long as I am in the world, I am The Light of the world.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
As long as I'm in the world, I'm light for the world."

Jubilee Bible 2000
As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.

King James 2000 Bible
As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.

American King James Version
As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.

American Standard Version
When I am in the world, I am the light of the world.

Douay-Rheims Bible
As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.

Darby Bible Translation
As long as I am in the world, I am [the] light of the world.

English Revised Version
When I am in the world, I am the light of the world.

Webster's Bible Translation
As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.

Weymouth New Testament
When I am in the world, I am the Light of the world."

World English Bible
While I am in the world, I am the light of the world."

Young's Literal Translation
when I am in the world, I am a light of the world.'
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

9:1-7 Christ cured many who were blind by disease or accident; here he cured one born blind. Thus he showed his power to help in the most desperate cases, and the work of his grace upon the souls of sinners, which gives sight to those blind by nature. This poor man could not see Christ, but Christ saw him. And if we know or apprehend anything of Christ, it is because we were first known of him. Christ says of uncommon calamities, that they are not always to be looked on as special punishments of sin; sometimes they are for the glory of God, and to manifest his works. Our life is our day, in which it concerns us to do the work of the day. We must be busy, and not waste day-time; it will be time to rest when our day is done, for it is but a day. The approach of death should quicken us to improve all our opportunities of doing and getting good. What good we have an opportunity to do, we should do quickly. And he that will never do a good work till there is nothing to be objected against, will leave many a good work for ever undone, Ec 11:4. Christ magnified his power, in making a blind man to see, doing that which one would think more likely to make a seeing man blind. Human reason cannot judge of the Lord's methods; he uses means and instruments that men despise. Those that would be healed by Christ must be ruled by him. He came back from the pool wondering and wondered at; he came seeing. This represents the benefits in attending on ordinances of Christ's appointment; souls go weak, and come away strengthened; go doubting, and come away satisfied; go mourning, and come away rejoicing; go blind, and come away seeing.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 5. - While - or, whensoever - I am in the world, I am the Light of the world. He had said (John 8:12), "I am the Light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness." He was sublimely conscious of his power to do for the moral world what the sun was doing for the physical world. He was the Occasion of its life, the Condition of its activity, the means of its instruction, the Source of all its beauty, its joy, and its progress. The ὅταν, which is translated quamdiu in the Vulgate, and "so long as" in the Authorized Version, means strictly "whensoever," and refers to the entire period of his activity (see John 1:5). But while the sun of this world cannot open the eyes of the blind, and wastes his radiance on their sightless sockets, so, unless Christ were more than the sun, and could give the power as well as the opportunity of seeing, he would never have done the work of him that sent him. The fact that he is the Light leads him to remind the disciples that he is the true Source of eyesight as well as of the conditions of vision. Light enough for all the world shines into the darkness, but the darkness comprehendeth it not. This Jewish people are surrounded by floods of light. The spiritual world stands revealed fully to Christ's own gaze. But mankind hates the light, loves darkness on these matters rather than the light. There is a radical fundamental change that must come over men, or they will never see. This evil, this terrible calamity that has befallen man, will vitiate all the provision of mercy. There must be a new beginning, a new birth, a work of God wrought in men, as well as a sublime revelation made to men, or the whole mission of the Christ would be incomplete.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

As long as I am in the world,.... Which had been now two or three and thirty years; but was not to be much longer.

I am the light of the world; See Gill on John 8:12. Though doubtless he said this with some view to the cure he was about to perform, it being agreeable to his character and work, while he was in the world.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

5. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world—not as if He would cease, after that, to be so; but that He must make full proof of His fidelity while His earthly career lasted by displaying His glory. "As before the raising of Lazarus (Joh 11:25), He announces Himself as the Resurrection and the Life, so now He sets Himself forth as the source of the archetypal spiritual light, of which the natural, now about to be conferred, is only a derivation and symbol" [Alford].

John 9:5 Additional Commentaries
Context
Jesus Heals the Man Born Blind
4"We must work the works of Him who sent Me as long as it is day; night is coming when no one can work. 5"While I am in the world, I am the Light of the world." 6When He had said this, He spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and applied the clay to his eyes,…
Cross References
Matthew 5:14
"You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.

John 1:4
In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.

John 3:19
This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.

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

John 12:46
I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.
Treasury of Scripture

As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.

long.

John 1:4-9 In him was life; and the life was the light of men…

John 3:19-21 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, …

John 8:12 Then spoke Jesus again to them, saying, I am the light of the world: …

John 12:35,36,46 Then Jesus said to them, Yet a little while is the light with you. …

Isaiah 42:6,7 I the LORD have called you in righteousness, and will hold your hand, …

Isaiah 49:6 And he said, It is a light thing that you should be my servant to …

Isaiah 60:1-3 Arise, shine; for your light is come, and the glory of the LORD is …

Malachi 4:2 But to you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise …

Matthew 4:16 The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which …

Luke 2:32 A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel.

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

Acts 26:18,23 To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and …

Ephesians 5:14 Why he said, Awake you that sleep, and arise from the dead, and Christ …

Revelation 21:23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine …

I am. Our Lord here claims one of the titles given by the Jews to the Divine Being. So in Bammidbar Rabba, 

John 9:15 Then again the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight. …

John 1:4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

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