John 1:6
New International Version
There was a man sent from God whose name was John.

New Living Translation
God sent a man, John the Baptist,

English Standard Version
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.

Berean Study Bible
There came a man who was sent from God. His name was John.

Berean Literal Bible
There came a man having been sent from God. His name was John.

King James Bible
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.

New King James Version
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.

New American Standard Bible
A man came, one sent from God, and his name was John.

NASB 1995
There came a man sent from God, whose name was John.

NASB 1977
There came a man, sent from God, whose name was John.

Amplified Bible
There came a man commissioned and sent from God, whose name was John.

Christian Standard Bible
There was a man sent from God whose name was John.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
There was a man named John who was sent from God.

American Standard Version
There came a man, sent from God, whose name was John.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
There was a man sent from God; his name was Yohannan.

Contemporary English Version
God sent a man named John,

Douay-Rheims Bible
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.

English Revised Version
There came a man, sent from God, whose name was John.

Good News Translation
God sent his messenger, a man named John,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
God sent a man named John to be his messenger.

International Standard Version
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.

Literal Standard Version
There came a man—having been sent from God—whose name [is] John,

NET Bible
A man came, sent from God, whose name was John.

New Heart English Bible
There came a man, sent from God, whose name was John.

Weymouth New Testament
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.

World English Bible
There came a man, sent from God, whose name was John.

Young's Literal Translation
There came a man -- having been sent from God -- whose name is John,

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Witness of John
5The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. 6There came a man who was sent from God. His name was John. 7He came as a witness to testify about the Light, so that through him everyone might believe.…

Cross References
Malachi 3:1
"Behold, I will send My messenger, who will prepare the way before Me. Then the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to His temple--the Messenger of the covenant, in whom you delight--see, He is coming," says the LORD of Hosts.

Matthew 3:1
In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea


Treasury of Scripture

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.

A.

John 1:33
And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.

John 3:28
Ye yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but that I am sent before him.

Isaiah 40:3-5
The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God…

John.

Luke 1:13,61-63
But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John…









(6) There was a man, or, There appeared a man. The word is the same as that which is used in John 1:3, "were made," "was made," and, as contrasted with the verb "was" in John 1:1-2; John 1:4, signifies the coming into being, as contrasted with original existence. In the same way "man" is emphatically opposed to "the Word," who is the subject of the previous verses. "The Word was God:" the man was "sent from God."

On the mission of John, see Notes on Matthew 3. The name was not uncommon, but it is striking that it is given here without the usual distinctive "Baptist." The writer stood to him in the relation of disciple to teacher. To him he was the John. A greater teacher had not then appeared, but when He did appear, former teacher and disciple alike bear witness to Him. Great as was the forerunner, the least in the kingdom of heaven became greater than he was, and to after ages the disciple became the John, and his earlier master is given the title "Baptist," which distinguishes the man and commemorates the work.

Verses 6-13. -

(4) The general manifestation of the revealing Logos. Verses 6-8. -

(a) The prophetic dispensation. Verse 6. - There was a man, sent from (παρά Θεοῦ) God, whose name was John. Observe the contrast between the ἐγένετο of John's appearance and the η΅ν of the Logos, between the "man" John sent from God and the (ΛΟΓΟΣ ΣΑΡΧ ΑΓΑΝΑΤΟ) "Word became flesh" of ver. 14. At this point the evangelist touches on the temporal mission and effulgence of the true Light in the Incarnation; yet this paragraph deals with far more general characteristics and wider ranges of thought than the earthly ministry of Christ on which he is about to enlarge. First of all, he deals with the testimony of John in its widest sense; afterwards he enlarges upon it in its striking detail. Consequently, we think that "the man," "John," is, when first introduced, referred to in his representative character rather than his historical position. The teaching of the prophets and synoptists shows that "John" was rather the exponent of the old covenant than the harbinger of the new. He was the embodiment of the idea of prophet, priest, and ascetic of the patriarchal, Mosaic, and latest Hebraic revelation. He was "more than a prophet." No one greater than he had ever been born of woman, and his functions in these several particulars are strongly impressed upon that disciple who here loses his own individuality in the strength of his Master's teaching. Through this very "man sent from God" the apostle had been prepared to see and personally receive the Logos incarnate. His personality gathered up for our author all that there was in the past of definite revelation, while Jesus filled up all the present and the future. First of all, he treats the mission of the Baptist as representative of all that wonderful past.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
There came
Ἐγένετο (Egeneto)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Middle - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 1096: A prolongation and middle voice form of a primary verb; to cause to be, i.e. to become, used with great latitude.

a man
ἄνθρωπος (anthrōpos)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's 444: A man, one of the human race. From aner and ops; man-faced, i.e. A human being.

who was sent
ἀπεσταλμένος (apestalmenos)
Verb - Perfect Participle Middle or Passive - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's 649: From apo and stello; set apart, i.e. to send out literally or figuratively.

from
παρὰ (para)
Preposition
Strong's 3844: Gen: from; dat: beside, in the presence of; acc: alongside of.

God.
Θεοῦ (Theou)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's 2316: A deity, especially the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; by Hebraism, very.

His
αὐτῷ (autō)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Dative Masculine 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

name
ὄνομα (onoma)
Noun - Nominative Neuter Singular
Strong's 3686: Name, character, fame, reputation. From a presumed derivative of the base of ginosko; a 'name'.

[was] John.
Ἰωάννης (Iōannēs)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's 2491: Of Hebrew origin; Joannes, the name of four Israelites.


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