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

King James Bible
And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

Darby Bible Translation
And this is the judgment, that light is come into the world, and men have loved darkness rather than light; for their works were evil.

World English Bible
This is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the light; for their works were evil.

Young's Literal Translation
'And this is the judgment, that the light hath come to the world, and men did love the darkness rather than the light, for their works were evil;

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

This is the condemnation - That is, this is the reason why any shall be found finally to perish, not that they came into the world with a perverted and corrupt nature, which is true; nor that they lived many years in the practice of sin, which is also true; but because they refused to receive the salvation which God sent to them.

Light is come - That is, Jesus, the Sun of righteousness, the fountain of light and life; diffusing his benign influences every where, and favoring men with a clear and full revelation of the Divine will.

Men loved darkness - Have preferred sin to holiness, Belial to Christ, and hell to heaven. חשך chashac, darkness, is frequently used by the Jewish writers for the angel of death, and for the devil. See many examples in Schoettgen.

Because their deeds were evil - An allusion to robbers and cut-throats, who practice their abominations in the night season, for fear of being detected. The sun is a common blessing to the human race - it shines to all, envies none, and calls all to necessary labor. If any one choose rather to sleep by day, that he may rob and murder in the night season, he does this to his own peril, and has no excuse: - his punishment is the necessary consequence of his own unconstrained actions. So will the punishment of ungodly men be. There was light - they refused to walk in it. They chose to walk in the darkness, that they might do the works of darkness - they broke the Divine law, refused the mercy offered to them, are arrested by Divine justice, convicted, condemned, and punished. Whence, then, does their damnation proceed? From Themselves.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

this.

John 1:4,9-11 In him was life; and the life was the light of men...

John 8:12 Then spoke Jesus again to them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that follows me shall not walk in darkness...

John 9:39-41 And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind...

John 15:22-25 If I had not come and spoken to them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloak for their sin...

Matthew 11:20-24 Then began he to upbraid the cities wherein most of his mighty works were done, because they repented not...

Luke 10:11-16 Even the very dust of your city, which sticks on us, we do wipe off against you: notwithstanding be you sure of this...

Luke 12:47 And that servant, which knew his lord's will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will...

Romans 1:32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same...

2 Corinthians 2:15,16 For we are to God a sweet smell of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish...

2 Thessalonians 2:12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

Hebrews 3:12,13 Take heed, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God...

because.

John 5:44 How can you believe, which receive honor one of another, and seek not the honor that comes from God only?

John 7:17 If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.

John 8:44,45 You are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father you will do. He was a murderer from the beginning...

John 10:26,27 But you believe not, because you are not of my sheep, as I said to you...

John 12:43 For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.

Isaiah 30:9-12 That this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the LORD...

Luke 16:14 And the Pharisees also, who were covetous, heard all these things: and they derided him.

Acts 24:21-26 Except it be for this one voice, that I cried standing among them...

Romans 2:8 But to them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath,

1 Peter 2:8 And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient...

2 Peter 3:3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,

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Notes on the Third Century
Page 161. Line 1. He must be born again, &c. This is a compound citation from John iii. 3, and Mark x. 15, in the order named. Page 182. Line 17. For all things should work together, &c. See Romans viii. 28. Page 184. Lines 10-11. Being Satan is able, &c. 2 Corinthians xi. 14. Page 184. Last line. Like a sparrow, &c. Psalm cii. Page 187. Line 1. Mechanisms. This word is, in the original MS., mechanicismes.' Page 187. Line 7. Like the King's daughter, &c. Psalm xlv. 14. Page 188. Med. 39. The best
Thomas Traherne—Centuries of Meditations

March 31 Evening
What communion hath light with darkness?--II COR. 6:14. Men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.--Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Darkness hath blinded his eyes.--Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. The dark places of the earth are full of the habitations of cruelty.--Love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God;
Anonymous—Daily Light on the Daily Path

June 19 Morning
Holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.--HEB. 12:14. Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.--There shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth.--There is no spot in thee. Ye shall be holy: for I the Lord your God am holy.--As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: but as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
Anonymous—Daily Light on the Daily Path

January 16 Morning
It pleased the Father, that in him should all fulness dwell.--COL. 1:19. The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand.--God hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.--Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and
Anonymous—Daily Light on the Daily Path

Cross References
Proverbs 2:13
who have left the straight paths to walk in dark ways,

Jeremiah 9:6
You live in the midst of deception; in their deceit they refuse to acknowledge me," declares the LORD.

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

John 1:5
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

John 7:7
The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify that its works are 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 9:5
While I am in the world, I am the light of the world."

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