John 1:6
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English Standard Version
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.

King James Bible
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.

American Standard Version
There came a man, sent from God, whose name was John.

Douay-Rheims Bible
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.

English Revised Version
There came a man, sent from God, whose name was John.

Webster's Bible Translation
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.

Weymouth New Testament
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.

John 1:6 Parallel
Vincent's Word Studies

There was a man (ἐγένετο ἄνθρωπος)

Better, Rev., "there came a man," ἐγένετο denoting the historical manifestation, the emergence of the Baptist into the economy of the revelation of the light. Compare John 3:1, there was a man (ἦν ἄνθρωπος), where the mere fact that there was such a man as Nicodemus is stated. See remarks on ἦν, John 1:1. A distinction is also intimated between the eternal being (ἦν) of the Word and the coming into being of his messenger.

Sent (ἀπεσταλμένος)

See on Matthew 10:2, Matthew 10:16; see on Mark 4:29; see on Luke 4:18. The verb carries the sense of sending an envoy with a special commission. Hence it is used of the mission of the Son of God, and of His apostles; the word apostle being directly derived from it. It is thus distinguished from πέμπω, to send, which denotes simply the relation of the sender to the sent. See on John 20:21, and see on 1 John 3:5. The statement is not merely equivalent to was sent. The finite verb and the participle are to be taken separately, as stating two distinct facts, the appearance and the mission of John. There came a man, and that man was sent from God.

From God (παρὰ Θεοῦ)

The preposition means from beside. It invests the messenger with more dignity and significance than if the writer had said, "sent by God." It is used of the Holy Spirit, sent from the Father (John 15:26).

Whose name was John (ὄνομα αὐτῷ Ἱωάνης)

Literally, the name unto him John. The first mention of John the Baptist. The last occurs, Acts 19:3. On the name, see on Matthew 3:1; see on Luke 3:2. John never speaks of the Baptist as John the Baptist, like the other Evangelists, but simply as John. This is perfectly natural on the supposition that John himself is the author of the gospel, and is the other John of the narrative.

John 1:6 Parallel Commentaries

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5. a man.

John 1:33 And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said to me, On whom you shall see the Spirit descending...

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

Isaiah 40:3-5 The voice of him that cries in the wilderness, Prepare you the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God...

Malachi 3:1 Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the LORD, whom you seek...

Malachi 4:5,6 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD...

Matthew 3:1-11 In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea...

Matthew 11:10 For this is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before your face, which shall prepare your way before you.

Matthew 21:25 The baptism of John, from where was it? from heaven, or of men? And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say...

Mark 1:1-8 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God...

Luke 1:15-17,76 For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink...

Luke 3:2-20 Annas and Caiaphas being the high priests, the word of God came to John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness...

Acts 13:24 When John had first preached before his coming the baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel.


Luke 1:13,61-63 But the angel said to him, Fear not, Zacharias: for your prayer is heard; and your wife Elisabeth shall bear you a son...

Cross References
Malachi 3:1
"Behold, I send my messenger, and he will prepare the way before me. And the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple; and the messenger of the covenant in whom you delight, behold, he is coming, says the LORD of hosts.

Matthew 3:1
In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea,

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