New American Standard Bible
"This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for 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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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
This is the condemnation - This is the cause of condemnation; or this is the reason why men are punished.
That light is come - Light often denotes instruction, teaching, doctrine, as that by which we see clearly the path of duty. all the instruction that God gives us by conscience, reason, or revelation may thus be called light; but this word is used especially to denote the Messiah or the Christ, who is often spoken of as "the light." See Isaiah 60:1; Isaiah 9:2. Compare Matthew 4:16; also the notes at John 1:4. It was doubtless this light to which Jesus had particular reference here.
Men loved darkness - Darkness is the emblem of ignorance, iniquity, error, superstition - whatever is opposite to truth and piety. Men are said to love darkness more than they do light when they are better pleased with error than truth, with sin than holiness, with Belial than Christ.
Because their deeds are evil - Men who commit crime commonly choose to do it in the night, so as to escape detection. So men who are wicked prefer false doctrine and error to the truth. Thus the Pharisees cloaked their crimes under the errors of their system; and, amid their false doctrines and superstitions, they attempted to convince others that they had great zeal for God.
Deeds - Works; actions.
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God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.--JOHN 3:16. God . . . hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; to wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: …
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From those who leave the paths of uprightness To walk in the ways of darkness;
"Your dwelling is in the midst of deceit; Through deceit they refuse to know Me," declares the LORD.
In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men.
The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
"The world cannot hate you, but it hates Me because I testify of it, that its deeds are evil.
Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, "I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the 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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