John 1:11
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English Standard Version
He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him.

King James Bible
He came unto his own, and his own received him not.

American Standard Version
He came unto his own, and they that were his own received him not.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He came unto his own, and his own received him not.

English Revised Version
He came unto his own, and they that were his own received him not.

Webster's Bible Translation
He came to his own, and his own received him not.

Weymouth New Testament
He came to the things that were His own, and His own people gave Him no welcome.

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Vincent's Word Studies

He came (ἦλθεν)

The narrative now passes from the general to the special action of the Word as the Light. The verb came, in the aorist tense, denotes a definite act - the Incarnation. In John 1:10 the Word is described as in the world invisibly. Now He appears.

Unto His own (εἰς τὰ ἴδια)

Literally, his own things: see on Acts 1:7. The Rev. follows the A.V. Wyc., into his own things. Render his own home, and compare John 16:32; John 19:27; Acts 21:6. The reference is to the land of Israel, which is recognized as God's own in a peculiar sense. See Jeremiah 2:7; Hosea 9:3; Zechariah 2:12; Deuteronomy 7:6. Not a repetition of John 1:10. There is a progress in the narrative. He was in the world at large: then he came unto His own home.

His own (οἱ ἴδια)

The masculine gender, as the preceding was neuter. That signified His own home or possessions, this His own people. Rev., they that were His own.

Received (παρέλαβον)

Most commonly in the New Testament of taking one along with another. See on Matthew 4:5; see on Matthew 17:1; see on Acts 16:33. But also of accepting or acknowledging one to be what he professes to be, and of receiving something transmitted, as 1 Corinthians 11:23; Galatians 1:12, etc. Westcott thinks this latter sense is implied here; Christ having been offered by the teachers of Israel through John. Alford adopts the former sense; "expressing the personal assumption to one's self as a friend or companion." De Wette explains to receive into the house. Godet strains a point by explaining as welcomed. De Wette's explanation seems to agree best with his own home. Here again compare the nice choice of verbs: apprehended (κατέλαβεν) the Light as a principle, and received (παρέλαβον) the Light as a person and the Master of the house.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


Matthew 15:24 But he answered and said, I am not sent but to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

Acts 3:25,26 You are the children of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying to Abraham...

Acts 13:26,46 Men and brothers, children of the stock of Abraham, and whoever among you fears God, to you is the word of this salvation sent...

Romans 9:1,5 I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost...

Romans 15:8 Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made to the fathers:

Galatians 4:4 But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,


John 3:32 And what he has seen and heard, that he testifies; and no man receives his testimony.

Isaiah 53:2,3 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he has no form nor comeliness...

Luke 19:14 But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this man to reign over us.

Luke 20:13-15 Then said the lord of the vineyard, What shall I do? I will send my beloved son: it may be they will reverence him when they see him...

Acts 7:51,52 You stiff necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, you do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do you...

Cross References
Isaiah 53:3
He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

John 1:10
He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him.

John 1:12
But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,

John 19:27
Then he said to the disciple, "Behold, your mother!" And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home.

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