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John 1:8 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— He was not the light, but [came] that he might bear witness of the light.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— He was not that Light, but [was sent] to bear witness of that Light.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— He was not the Light, but [he came] to testify about the Light.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— He was not that Light, but [was sent] to bear testimony of that Light.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— *He* was not the light, but that he might witness concerning the light.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— He, was not the light,—but, that he might bear witness concerning the light,
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— that one was not the Light, but—that he might testify about the Light.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— He was not the light, but was to give testimony of the light.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Hee was not that light, but [was sent] to beare witnesse of that light.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— He was not the Light himself, but came to testify concerning the Light.
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— He was not himself the light, but [came] to bear witness concerning the light.

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
He x1565
(1565) Complement
ἐκεῖνος
ekeinos
{ek-i'-nos}
From G1563; that one (or [neuter] thing); often intensified by the article prefixed.
was 2258
{2258} Prime
ἦν
en
{ane}
Imperfect of G1510; I (thou, etc.) was (wast or were).
z5713
<5713> Grammar
Tense - Imperfect (See G5775)
Voice - No Voice Stated (See G5799)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 532
not 3756
{3756} Prime
οὐ
ou
{oo}
A primary word; the absolutely negative (compare G3361) adverb; no or not.
that y1565
[1565] Standard
ἐκεῖνος
ekeinos
{ek-i'-nos}
From G1563; that one (or [neuter] thing); often intensified by the article prefixed.
Light, 5457
{5457} Prime
φῶς
phos
{foce}
From an obsolete φάω [[phao]] (to shine or make manifest, especially by rays; compare G5316 and G5346); luminousness (in the widest application, natural or artificial, abstract or concrete, literal or figurative).
but 235
{0235} Prime
ἀλλά
alla
{al-lah'}
Neuter plural of G0243; properly other things, that is, (adverbially) contrariwise (in many relations).
[was sent] to 2443
{2443} Prime
ἵνα
hina
{hin'-ah}
Probably from the same as the former part of G1438 (through the demonstrative idea; compare G3588); in order that (denoting the purpose or the result).
bear witness 3140
{3140} Prime
μαρτυρέω
martureo
{mar-too-reh'-o}
From G3144; to be a witness, that is, testify (literally or figuratively).
z5661
<5661> Grammar
Tense - Aorist (See G5777)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Subjunctive (See G5792)
Count - 512
of 4012
{4012} Prime
περί
peri
{per-ee'}
From the base of G4008; properly through (all over), that is, around; figuratively with respect to; used in various applications, of place, cause or time (with the genitive case denoting the subject or occasion or superlative point; with the accusative case the locality, circuit, matter, circumstance or general period).
that Light. 5457
{5457} Prime
φῶς
phos
{foce}
From an obsolete φάω [[phao]] (to shine or make manifest, especially by rays; compare G5316 and G5346); luminousness (in the widest application, natural or artificial, abstract or concrete, literal or figurative).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

See commentary on John 1:6-9.


John 1:8

_ _ not that Light — (See on John 5:35). What a testimony to John to have to explain that “he was not that Light!” Yet was he but a foil to set it off, his night-taper dwindling before the Dayspring from on high (John 3:30).

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on John 1:6-14.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

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Geneva Bible Translation Notes

John 1:8

He was not (o) that Light, but [was sent] to bear witness of that Light.

(o) That light which we spoke of, that is, Christ, who alone can enlighten our darkness.

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that light:

John 1:20 And he confessed, and denied not; but confessed, I am not the Christ.
John 3:28 Ye 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 verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.
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Jn 1:20; 3:28. Ac 19:4.

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