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John 5:35 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— He was the lamp that burneth and shineth; and ye were willing to rejoice for a season in his light.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— He was a burning and a shining light: and ye were willing for a season to rejoice in his light.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— “He was the lamp that was burning and was shining and you were willing to rejoice for a while in his light.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— He was a burning and a shining light: and ye were willing for a season to rejoice in his light.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— *He* was the burning and shining lamp, and ye were willing for a season to rejoice in his light.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— He, was the burning and shining lamp, and, ye, were willing to exult, for an hour, in his light.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— he was the burning and shining lamp, and ye did will to be glad, for an hour, in his light.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— He was a burning and a shining light: and you were willing for a time to rejoice in his light.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— He was a burning and a shining light: and ye were willing for a season to reioyce in his light.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— He was a lamp that burneth and shineth, and you were willing to glory for the hour in his light.
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— He was a burning and shining lamp; and ye were willing for a time, to glory in his light.

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
He 1565
{1565} Prime
From G1563; that one (or [neuter] thing); often intensified by the article prefixed.
was 2258
{2258} Prime
Imperfect of G1510; I (thou, etc.) was (wast or were).
<5713> Grammar
Tense - Imperfect (See G5775)
Voice - No Voice Stated (See G5799)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 532
a burning 2545
{2545} Prime
Apparently a primary verb; to set on fire, that is, kindle or (by implication) consume.
<5746> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Passive (See G5786)
Mood - Participle (See G5796)
Count - 360
and 2532
{2532} Prime
Apparently a primary particle, having a copulative and sometimes also a cumulative force; and, also, even, so, then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words.
a shining 5316
{5316} Prime
Prolongation for the base of G5457; to lighten (shine), that is, show (transitive or intransitive, literal or figurative).
<5723> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Participle (See G5796)
Count - 2549
light: 3088
{3088} Prime
From the base of G3022; a portable lamp or other illuminator (literally or figuratively).
and 1161
{1161} Prime
A primary particle (adversative or continuative); but, and, etc.
ye 5210
{5210} Prime
Irregular plural of G4771; you (as subject of verb).
were willing 2309
{2309} Prime
In certain tenses θελέω [[theleo]], {thel-eh'-o}; and ἐθέλέω [[etheleo]], {eth-el-eh'-o}, which are otherwise obsolete; apparently strengthened from the alternate form of G0138; to determine (as an active voice option from subjective impulse; whereas G1014 properly denotes rather a passive voice acquiescence in objective considerations), that is, choose or prefer (literally or figuratively); by implication to wish, that is, be inclined to (sometimes adverbially gladly); impersonally for the future tense, to be about to; by Hebraism to delight in.
<5656> Grammar
Tense - Aorist (See G5777)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 2319
for 4314
{4314} Prime
A strengthened form of G4253; a preposition of direction; forward to, that is, toward (with the genitive case the side of, that is, pertaining to; with the dative case by the side of, that is, near to; usually with the accusative case the place, time, occasion, or respect, which is the destination of the relation, that is, whither or for which it is predicated).
a season 5610
{5610} Prime
Apparently a primary word; an 'hour' (literally or figuratively).
to rejoice 21
{0021} Prime
From ἄγαν [[agan]] (much) and G0242; properly to jump for joy, that is, exult.
<5677> Grammar
Tense - Aorist (See G5777)
Voice - Passive Deponent (See G5789)
Mood - Infinitive (See G5795)
Count - 7
in 1722
{1722} Prime
A primary preposition denoting (fixed) position (in place, time or state), and (by implication) instrumentality (medially or constructively), that is, a relation of rest (intermediate between G1519 and G1537); 'in', at, (up-) on, by, etc.
his 846
{0846} Prime
From the particle αὖ [[au]] (perhaps akin to the base of G0109 through the idea of a baffling wind; backward); the reflexive pronoun self, used (alone or in the compound of G1438) of the third person, and (with the proper personal pronoun) of the other persons.
light. 5457
{5457} Prime
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 5:33-35.

John 5:35

_ _ He was a burning and a shining light — literally, “the burning and shining lamp” (or torch): — that is, “the great light of his day.” Christ is never called by the humble word here applied to John — a light-bearer — studiously used to distinguish him from his Master, but ever the Light in the most absolute sense. (See on John 1:6).

_ _ willing for a season — that is, till they saw that it pointed whither they were not prepared to go.

_ _ to rejoice in his light — There is a play of irony here, referring to the hollow delight with which his testimony tickled them.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on John 5:31-47.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

John 5:35

He was a burning and a shining light — Inwardly burning with love and zeal, outwardly shining in all holiness. And even ye were willing for a season — A short time only.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

John 5:35

He was a burning and a shining light: and ye were willing for (q) a season to rejoice in his light.

(q) A little while.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

John 1:7-8 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all [men] through him might believe. ... He was not that Light, but [was sent] to bear witness of that Light.
Matthew 11:11 Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.
Luke 1:15-17 For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother's womb. ... And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.
Luke 1:76-77 And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest: for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways; ... To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins,
Luke 7:28 For I say unto you, Among those that are born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist: but he that is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.
2 Peter 1:19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:

and ye:

John 6:66 From that [time] many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.
Ezekiel 33:31 And they come unto thee as the people cometh, and they sit before thee [as] my people, and they hear thy words, but they will not do them: for with their mouth they shew much love, [but] their heart goeth after their covetousness.
Matthew 3:5-7 Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan, ... But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?
Matthew 11:7-9 And as they departed, Jesus began to say unto the multitudes concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken with the wind? ... But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? yea, I say unto you, and more than a prophet.
Matthew 13:20-21 But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; ... Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.
Matthew 21:26 But if we shall say, Of men; we fear the people; for all hold John as a prophet.
Mark 6:20 For Herod feared John, knowing that he was a just man and an holy, and observed him; and when he heard him, he did many things, and heard him gladly.
Galatians 4:15-16 Where is then the blessedness ye spake of? for I bear you record, that, if [it had been] possible, ye would have plucked out your own eyes, and have given them to me. ... Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?
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Ezk 33:31. Mt 3:5; 11:7, 11; 13:20; 21:26. Mk 6:20. Lk 1:15, 76; 7:28. Jn 1:7; 6:66. Ga 4:15. 2P 1:19.

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