JOHN 8:12

light of the world

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“Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

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John 8:12 Translation & Meaning

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Then οὖν (adverbially) certainly, or (conjunctionally) accordingly Then
spake ἐλάλησεν To talk, i.e., utter words spake
Jesus Ἰησοῦς Jesus (i.e., Jehoshua), the name of our Lord and two (three) other Israelites Jesus
again Πάλιν (adverbially) anew, i.e., (of place) back, (of time) once more, or (conjunctionally) furthermore or on the other hand again
unto them, αὐτοῖς The reflexive pronoun self, used (alone or in the comparative G1438) of the third person, and (with the proper personal pronoun) of the other persons unto them
saying, λέγων, Properly, to "lay" forth, i.e., (figuratively) relate (in words (usually of systematic or set discourse; whereas G2036 and G5346 generally refer to an individual expression or speech respectively; while G4483 is properly to break silence merely, and G2980 means an extended or random harangue)); by implication, to mean saying
I Ἐγώ I, me I
am εἰμι I exist (used only when emphatic) am
the τὸ The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) the
light φῶς Luminousness (in the widest application, natural or artificial, abstract or concrete, literal or figurative) light
of the τοῦ The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) of the
world: κόσμου· Orderly arrangement, i.e., decoration; by implication, the world (including its inhabitants, literally or figuratively (morally)) world
he The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) he
that followeth ἀκολουθῶν Properly, to be in the same way with, i.e., to accompany (specially, as a disciple) followeth
me ἐμοὶ To me me
shall περιπατήσει To tread all around, i.e., walk at large (especially as proof of ability); figuratively, to live, deport oneself, follow (as a companion or votary) shall
not οὐ The absolute negative (compare G3361) adverb; no or not not
walk περιπατήσει To tread all around, i.e., walk at large (especially as proof of ability); figuratively, to live, deport oneself, follow (as a companion or votary) walk
in ἐν "in," at, (up-)on, by, etc in
darkness, σκοτίᾳ Dimness, obscurity (literally or figuratively) darkness
but ἀλλ' Properly, other things, i.e., (adverbially) contrariwise (in many relations) but
shall have ἕξει To hold (used in very various applications, literally or figuratively, direct or remote; such as possession; ability, contiuity, relation, or condition) shall have
the τὸ The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) the
light φῶς Luminousness (in the widest application, natural or artificial, abstract or concrete, literal or figurative) light
of τῆς The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) of
life. ζωῆς Life (literally or figuratively) life

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  • 10  When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?

  • 11  She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.

  • 12  Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

  • 13  The Pharisees therefore said unto him, Thou bearest record of thyself; thy record is not true.

  • 14  Jesus answered and said unto them, Though I bear record of myself, yet my record is true: for I know whence I came, and whither I go; but ye cannot tell whence I come, and whither I go.




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