John 5:35
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English Standard Version
He was a burning and shining lamp, and you were willing to rejoice for a while in his light.

King James Bible
He was a burning and a shining light: and ye were willing for a season to rejoice in his light.

American Standard Version
He was the lamp that burneth and shineth; and ye were willing to rejoice for a season in his light.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He was a burning and a shining light: and you were willing for a time to rejoice in his light.

English Revised Version
He was the lamp that burneth and shineth: and ye were willing to rejoice for a season in his light.

Webster's Bible Translation
He was a burning and a shining light: and ye were willing for a season to rejoice in his light.

Weymouth New Testament
He was the lamp that burned and shone, and for a time you were willing to be gladdened by his light.

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Vincent's Word Studies

A burning and shining light (ὁ λύχνος ὁ καιόμενος καὶ φαίνων)

Rev., correctly, the lamp that burneth and shineth. Λύχνος, lamp, as contrasted with the light (φῶς). See John 1:5, John 1:7, John 1:8, John 1:9; and compare John 8:12; John 9:5; John 12:46. Wyc., lantern. The Baptist did not, like Jesus, shine by his own light. The definite article with lamp, points to it as a familiar household object. Burning hints at the fact that the lamp gives but a transitory light. In burning the oil is consumed.

Ye were willing

Again the emphatic ὑμεῖς, ye.

To rejoice (ἀγαλλιασθῆναι)

The word signifies exultant, lively joy. See Matthew 5:12; Luke 1:47; Luke 10:21; 1 Peter 1:6. The interest in the Baptist was a frivolous, superficial, and short-lived excitement. Bengel says, "they were attracted by his brightness, not by his warmth."

John 5:35 Parallel Commentaries

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was.

John 1:7,8 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe...

Matthew 11:11 Truly I say to you, Among them that are born of women there has not risen a greater than John the Baptist...

Luke 1:15-17,76,77 For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink...

Luke 7:28 For I say to you, Among those that are born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist...

2 Peter 1:19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto you do well that you take heed, as to a light that shines in a dark place...

and ye.

John 6:66 From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.

Ezekiel 33:31 And they come to you as the people comes, and they sit before you as my people, and they hear your words, but they will not do them...

Matthew 3:5-7 Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan...

Matthew 11:7-9 And as they departed, Jesus began to say to the multitudes concerning John, What went you out into the wilderness to see...

Matthew 13:20,21 But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that hears the word, and immediately with joy receives it...

Matthew 21:26 But if we shall say, Of men; we fear the people; for all hold John as a prophet.

Mark 6:20 For Herod feared John, knowing that he was a just man and an holy, and observed him; and when he heard him, he did many things...

Galatians 4:15,16 Where is then the blessedness you spoke of? for I bear you record, that, if it had been possible...

Cross References
2 Samuel 21:17
But Abishai the son of Zeruiah came to his aid and attacked the Philistine and killed him. Then David's men swore to him, "You shall no longer go out with us to battle, lest you quench the lamp of Israel."

Daniel 12:3
And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.

Mark 1:5
And all the country of Judea and all Jerusalem were going out to him and were being baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.

2 Peter 1:19
And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts,

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