What Does the Bible Say About Light?


John 8:12

ESVAgain Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
KJVThen 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.
NASBThen 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.”
NIVWhen Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
NLTJesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.”

John 1:5

ESVThe light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
KJVAnd the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
NASBThe Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
NIVThe light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
NLTThe light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.

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Psalm 119:105

ESVYour word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
KJVThy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
NASBYour word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.
NIVYour word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.
NLTYour word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.

Matthew 5:16

ESVIn the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
KJVLet your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
NASB“Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.
NIVIn the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
NLTIn the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.

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1 John 1:7

ESVBut if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.
KJVBut if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
NASBbut if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.
NIVBut if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.
NLTBut if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin.

Matthew 5:14

ESV“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.
KJVYe are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
NASB“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden;
NIV“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.
NLT“You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.

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Ephesians 5:8

ESVFor at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light
KJVFor ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:
NASBfor you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light
NIVFor you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light
NLTFor once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light!

1 Peter 2:9

ESVBut you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
KJVBut ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
NASBBut you are A CHOSEN RACE, A royal PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE FOR God’s OWN POSSESSION, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;
NIVBut you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
NLTBut you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.

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1 John 1:5

ESVThis is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
KJVThis then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
NASBThis is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.
NIVThis is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.
NLTThis is the message we heard from Jesus and now declare to you: God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all.

Psalm 27:1

ESVOf David. The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
KJVA Psalm of David. The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
NASBA Psalm of David. The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the defense of my life; Whom shall I dread?
NIVOf David. The LORD is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid?
NLTThe LORD is my light and my salvation— so why should I be afraid? The LORD is my fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble?

2 Corinthians 4:6

ESVFor God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
KJVFor God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
NASBFor God, who said, “Light shall shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.
NIVFor God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.
NLTFor God, who said, “Let there be light in the darkness,” has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ.

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