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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CommentaryClarke'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.
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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 …
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who have left the straight paths to walk in dark ways,
You live in the midst of deception; in their deceit they refuse to acknowledge me," declares the LORD.
In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify that its works are evil.
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."
While I am in the world, I am the light of the world."
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