John 1:8
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English Standard Version
He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light.

King James Bible
He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.

American Standard Version
He was not the light, but came that he might bear witness of the light.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He was not the light, but was to give testimony of the light.

English Revised Version
He was not the light, but came that he might bear witness of the light.

Webster's Bible Translation
He was not that Light, but was sent to bear testimony of that Light.

Weymouth New Testament
He was not the Light, but he existed that he might give testimony concerning the Light.

John 1:8 Parallel
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Vincent's Word Studies

He (ἐκεῖνος)

Emphatic, "It was not he who was the light." Compare John 2:21, "He (ἐκεῖνος) spake," bringing out the difference between Jesus' conception of destroying and rebuilding the temple, and that of his hearers.

That light (τὸ φῶς)

Rev., the light. The emphatic that of the A.V. is unnecessary.

Was sent

Rev., came. Neither in the original text. Literally, "He was not the light, but in order that (ἵνα) he might bear witness." So in John 9:3. "Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents, but (he was born blind) that the works," etc. Compare John 15:25.

John 1:8 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

that light.

John 1:20 And he confessed, and denied not; but confessed, I am not the Christ.

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

Acts 19:4 Then said Paul, John truly baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying to the people...

Cross References
John 1:20
He confessed, and did not deny, but confessed, "I am not the Christ."

John 1:9
The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.

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