John 12:35
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New International Version
Then Jesus told them, "You are going to have the light just a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, before darkness overtakes you. Whoever walks in the dark does not know where they are going.

King James Bible
Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth.

Darby Bible Translation
Jesus therefore said to them, Yet a little while is the light amongst you. Walk while ye have the light, that darkness may not overtake you. And he who walks in the darkness does not know where he goes.

World English Bible
Jesus therefore said to them, "Yet a little while the light is with you. Walk while you have the light, that darkness doesn't overtake you. He who walks in the darkness doesn't know where he is going.

Young's Literal Translation
Jesus, therefore, said to them, 'Yet a little time is the light with you; walk while ye have the light, that darkness may not overtake you; and he who is walking in the darkness hath not known where he goeth;

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Yet a little while is the light with you - In answer to their objection, our Lord compares himself to a light, which was about to disappear for a short time, and afterwards to shine forth with more abundant lustre; but not to their comfort, if they continued to reject its present beamings. He exhorts them to follow this light while it was among them. The Christ shall abide for ever, it is true; but he will not always be visible. When he shall depart from you, ye shall be left in the thickest darkness; in impenitence and hardness of heart. Then shall ye wish to see one of the days of the Son of man, and shall not see it, Luke 17:22. Then shall ye seek me, but shall not find me, John 7:34. For the kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to the Gentiles, Matthew 21:43. If ye believe not in me now, ye shall then wish ye had done it, when wishing shall be for ever fruitless.

Instead of μεθ' ὑμων, with you, εν ὑμιν, among you, is the reading of BDL, seventeen others; Coptic, Gothic, Slavonic, Vulgate, Itala; Cyril, Nonnus, and Victorinus. Griesbach has received it into the text. The meaning of both is nearly the same.

Lest darkness come upon you - Ye have a good part of your journey yet to go: ye cannot travel safely but in the daylight - that light is almost gone - run, that the darkness overtake you not, or in it ye shall stumble, fall, and perish!

Reader, is thy journey near an end? There may be but a very little time remaining to thee. O, run, fly to Christ, lest the darkness of death overtake thee, before thy soul have found redemption in his blood!

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


John 7:33 Then said Jesus to them, Yet a little while am I with you, and then I go to him that sent me.

John 9:4 I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night comes, when no man can work.

John 16:16 A little while, and you shall not see me: and again, a little while, and you shall see me, because I go to the Father.

Hebrews 3:7,8 Why (as the Holy Ghost said, To day if you will hear his voice...


John 12:36,46 While you have light, believe in the light, that you may be the children of light. These things spoke Jesus, and departed...

John 1:5-9 And the light shines in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not...

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 9:5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.

Isaiah 2:5 O house of Jacob, come you, and let us walk in the light of the LORD.

Isaiah 42:6,7 I the LORD have called you in righteousness, and will hold your hand, and will keep you, and give you for a covenant of the people...

Romans 13:12-14 The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light...

Ephesians 5:8,14,15 For you were sometimes darkness, but now are you light in the Lord: walk as children of light...

1 Thessalonians 5:5-8 You are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness...

1 John 1:6,7 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth...


John 12:39,40 Therefore they could not believe, because that Esaias said again...

Psalm 69:22-28 Let their table become a snare before them: and that which should have been for their welfare, let it become a trap...

Jeremiah 13:16,17 Give glory to the LORD your God, before he cause darkness, and before your feet stumble on the dark mountains, and...

Romans 11:7-10 What then? Israel has not obtained that which he seeks for; but the election has obtained it, and the rest were blinded...

2 Corinthians 3:14 But their minds were blinded: for until this day remains the same veil not taken away in the reading of the old testament...


John 11:10 But if a man walk in the night, he stumbles, because there is no light in him.

Proverbs 4:19 The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.

1 John 2:8-11 Again, a new commandment I write to you, which thing is true in him and in you: because the darkness is past...

Easter Day
Chester Cathedral. 1870. St John xii. 24, 25. "Verily, verily, I say unto you, except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal." This is our Lord's own parable. In it He tells us that His death, His resurrection, His ascension, is a mystery which we may believe, not only because the Bible tells us of it, but because
Charles Kingsley—All Saints' Day and Other Sermons

September 22 Evening
O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.--MATT. 26:39. Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour. I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.--He . . . became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.--In the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto
Anonymous—Daily Light on the Daily Path

The Universal Magnet
'I, if I be lifted up ... will draw all men unto Me.'--JOHN xii. 32. 'Never man spake like this Man,' said the wondering Temple officials who were sent to apprehend Jesus. There are many aspects of our Lord's teaching in which it strikes one as unique; but perhaps none is more singular than the boundless boldness of His assertions of His importance to the world. Just think of such sayings as these: 'I am the Light of the world'; 'I am the Bread of Life'; 'I am the Door'; 'A greater than Solomon is
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

The Son of Man
'... Who is this Son of Man?'--JOHN xii. 34. I have thought that a useful sermon may be devoted to the consideration of the remarkable name which our Lord gives to Himself--'the Son of Man.' And I have selected this instance of its occurrence, rather than any other, because it brings out a point which is too frequently overlooked, viz. that the name was an entirely strange and enigmatical one to the people who heard it. This question of utter bewilderment distinctly shows us that, and negatives,
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Cross References
Proverbs 4:19
But the way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know what makes them stumble.

Jeremiah 23:12
"Therefore their path will become slippery; they will be banished to darkness and there they will fall. I will bring disaster on them in the year they are punished," declares the LORD.

John 7:33
Jesus said, "I am with you for only a short time, and then I am going to the one who sent me.

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 9:4
As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work.

John 11:9
Jesus answered, "Are there not twelve hours of daylight? Anyone who walks in the daytime will not stumble, for they see by this world's light.

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

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