New International Version
He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.
King James Bible
He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.
Darby Bible Translation
*He* was not the light, but that he might witness concerning the light.
World English Bible
He was not the light, but was sent that he might testify about the light.
Young's Literal Translation
that one was not the Light, but -- that he might testify about the Light.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
That all men through him might believe - He testified that Jesus was the true light - the true teacher of the way to the kingdom of glory, and the lamb or sacrifice of God, which was to bear away the sin of the world, John 1:29, and invited men to believe in him for the remission of their sins, that they might receive the baptism of the Holy Ghost, John 1:32-34. This was bearing the most direct witness to the light which was now shining in the dark wilderness of Judea; and, from thence, shortly to be diffused over the whole world.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Eversley. 1856. St. John i. 16, 17. "Of His fulness have all we received, and grace for grace. For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ." I wish you to mind particularly this word GRACE. You meet it very often in the Bible. You hear often said, The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Now, what does this word grace mean? It is really worth your while to know; for if a man or a woman has not grace, they will be very unhappy people, and very disagreeable …
Charles Kingsley—All Saints' Day and Other Sermons
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He did not fail to confess, but confessed freely, "I am not the Messiah."
The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.
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