John 1:7
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English Standard Version
He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him.

King James Bible
The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.

American Standard Version
The same came for witness, that he might bear witness of the light, that all might believe through him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
This man came for a witness, to give testimony of the light, that all men might believe through him.

English Revised Version
The same came for witness, that he might bear witness of the light, that all might believe through him.

Webster's Bible Translation
The same came for a witness, to bear testimony of the Light, that all men through him might believe.

Weymouth New Testament
He came as a witness, in order that he might give testimony concerning the Light--so that all might believe through him.

John 1:7 Parallel
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Vincent's Word Studies

The same (οὗτος)

Compare John 1:2, and the pronoun ἐκεῖνος, he, in John 1:8.

For a witness (εἰς μαρτυρίαν)

Revised version of the New Testament, more correctly, for witness: a witness would be, μάρτυρα as Acts 1:8. The sense is for witness-bearing or to bear witness. On the word, see Acts 1:22; 1 Peter 5:1. It is one of John's characteristic words, occurring nearly fifty times in various forms in his Gospel, and thirty or forty times in the Epistles and Revelation. The emphatic development of the idea of witness is peculiar to this Gospel. "It evidently belongs to a time when men had begun to reason about the faith, and to analyze the grounds on which it rested" (Westcott). He develops the idea under the following forms: The witness of the Father (John 5:31, John 5:34, John 5:37); the witness of Christ himself (John 8:14; John 18:37); the witness of works (John 5:17, John 5:36; John 10:25; John 14:11; John 15:24); the witness of Scripture (John 5:39, John 5:40, John 5:46; John 1:46); the witness of the forerunner (John 1:7; John 5:33, John 5:35); the witness of the disciples (John 15:27; John 19:35; John 21:24; 1 John 1:2; 1 John 4:14); the witness of the Spirit (John 15:26; John 16:13, John 16:14; 1 John 5:6). Note the emphasis attached to the idea here, by the twofold form in which it is put: first, generally, for witness, and then by giving the subject of the testimony.

All

The Baptist took up the work of the prophets, as respects their preparation for the universal extension of the divine call (Isaiah 49:6). His message was to men, without regard to nation, sect, descent, or other considerations.

Through him

John the Baptist.

John 1:7 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

a witness.

John 1:19,26,27,32-34,36 And this is the record of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, Who are you...

John 3:26-36 And they came to John, and said to him, Rabbi, he that was with you beyond Jordan, to whom you bore witness, behold, the same baptizes...

John 5:33-35 You sent to John, and he bore witness to the truth...

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

that.

John 1:9 That was the true Light, which lights every man that comes into the world.

John 3:26 And they came to John, and said to him, Rabbi, he that was with you beyond Jordan, to whom you bore witness, behold, the same baptizes...

Ephesians 3:9 And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world has been hid in God...

1 Timothy 2:4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

Titus 2:11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men,

2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is long-suffering to us-ward...

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.

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 1:15
(John bore witness about him, and cried out, "This was he of whom I said, 'He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.'")

John 1:19
And this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, "Who are you?"

John 1:32
And John bore witness: "I saw the Spirit descend from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him.

John 3:26
And they came to John and said to him, "Rabbi, he who was with you across the Jordan, to whom you bore witness--look, he is baptizing, and all are going to him."

John 5:33
You sent to John, and he has borne witness to the truth.

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