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George Lamsa Translation of the Peshitta
John 1:17

For the law was given by Moses; but truth and grace came into being by Jesus Christ.

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Commentaries:

- Clarke Commentary;   A.W. Pinks's Commentary;   Birdgeway Bible Commentary;   Coffman Commentaries;   Barne's Notes;   Box's Commentaries on Selected Books;   Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes;   Calvin's Commentary;   Cambridge Greek Testament;   Lapide's Commentary;   Chuck Smith Commentary;   Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible ;   Constable's Expository Notes;   Daily Study Bible;   Darby's Synopsis;   Ellicott's Commentary;   Expositor's Greek Testament;   Family Bible New Testament;   Hole's Commentary;   Meyer's Commentary;   Gaebelein's Annotated;   Golden Chain Commentary;   Morgan's Biblical Exposition;   Gill's Exposition;   Godbey's NT Commentary;   Everett's Study Notes;   Alford's Commentary;   Meyer's Commentary;   Mahan's Commentary;   The Bible Study New Testament;   Ironside's Notes;   Bengel's Gnomon;   Commentary Critical and Explanatory;   Commentary Critical and Explanatory - Unabridged;   The People's Bible;   Sutcliffe's Commentary;   Trapp's Commentary;   Kretzmann's Popular Commentary of the Bible;   Lange's Commentary on the Holy Scriptures;   Grant's Commentary;   Wells of Living Water;   MacLaren's Expositions;   Henry's Complete;   Henry's Concise;   Poole's Annotations;   Pett's Bible Commentary;   Peake's Bible Commentary;   Preacher's Homiletical Commentary;   Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary;   People's New Testament;   Benson's Commentary;   Robertson's Word Pictures;   Ryle's Exposiory Thougths;   Sermon Bible;   Schaff's New Testament Commentary;   Spurgeon's Verse Expositions;   Scofield's Notes;   Biblical Illustrator;   Coke's Commentary;   Expositor's Bible;   Fourfold Gospel;   Pulpit Commentaries;   Treasury of Knowledge;   Vincent's Studies;   Wesley's Notes;   Whedon's Commentary;  

Concordances:

- Nave's Topical Bible - Confession;   Gospel;   Jesus, the Christ;   Jesus Continued;   Law;   Truth;   Wisdom;   Scofield Reference Index - Dispensation;   Grace;   Law of Moses;   Summary;   Thompson Chain Reference - Grace;   Lawgiver;   The Topic Concordance - Grace;   Law;   Truth;   Word of God;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Grace;   Law of Moses, the;   Truth;   Urim and Thummim;  

Dictionaries:

- American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Grace;   Law;   Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Grace;   Law;   Love;   Truth;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Anthropomorphism;   Grace;   Lie, Lying;   Mediator, Mediation;   Miracle;   Charles Buck Theological Dictionary - Preaching;   Truth;   Universalists;   CARM Theological Dictionary - Hypostatic union;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Grace;   Moses;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Amen;   Hilkiah;   Jesus Christ;   Moses;   Pentateuch;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Christ, Christology;   Dispensation;   Jesus Christ;   John, the Gospel of;   John, the Letters of;   Lawgiver;   Truth;   Word;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Ethics;   Grace;   John the Baptist;   John, Gospel of;   Kingdom of God;   Law;   Logos;   Trinity;   Truth;   Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Atonement (2);   Children of God, Sons of God;   Creator (Christ as);   Example;   Gospel (2);   Grace;   Grace ;   Graciousness;   Guilt (2);   Israel, Israelite;   John the Baptist;   John, Gospel of (Ii. Contents);   Light;   Manuscripts;   Merit;   Moses ;   Nationality;   Philo;   Pre-Existence;   Religious Experience;   Sincerity;   Truth (2);   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Age,;   Grace,;   Moses ;   The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary - Moses;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Genealogy;   Jesus christ;   Law;   Smith Bible Dictionary - John, Gospel of;   Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary - Law;   Preaching;   Truth;  

Encyclopedias:

- Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - Moses, the Man of God;   Law of Moses, the;   International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Christ, Offices of;   Grace;   John, Gospel of;   Law in the New Testament;   Law in the Old Testament;   Moses;   Ostraca;   Prologue;   Truth;  

Devotionals:

- Daily Light on the Daily Path - Devotion for September 19;   Every Day Light - Devotion for November 30;  

Parallel Translations

The Amplified Bible
For while the Law was given through Moses, grace ( unearned, undeserved favor and spiritual blessing) and truth came through Jesus Christ.

The Complete Jewish Bible
For the Torah was given through Moshe; grace and truth came through Yeshua the Messiah.

American Standard Version
For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

Bible in Basic English
For the law was given through Moses; grace and the true way of life are ours through Jesus Christ.

English Revised Version
For the law was given by Moses; grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.

Contemporary English Version
The Law was given by Moses, but Jesus Christ brought us undeserved kindness and truth.

English Standard Version
For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

Easy-to-Read Version
The law was given through Moses. But grace and {the way of} truth came through Jesus Christ.

The Geneva Bible (1587)
For the Lawe was giuen by Moses, but grace, and trueth came by Iesus Christ.

The Bishop's Bible (1568)
For the lawe was geuen by Moyses: but grace and trueth came by Iesus Christe.

Darby's Translation
For the law was given by Moses: grace and truth subsists through Jesus Christ.

King James Version (1611)
For the Law was giuen by Moses, but grace and trueth came by Iesus Christ.

New Revised Standard
The law indeed was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For the law was given by Moses: grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.

New Century Version
The law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

James Murdock Translation of the Peshitta
For the law was given by the hand of Moses; but the reality and grace was by the hand of Jesus Messiah.

Good News Translation
God gave the Law through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

Holman Christian Standard
for although the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

Miles Coverdale Bible (1535)
For the lawe was geuen by Moses, grace and trueth came by Iesus Christ.

Mace New Testament (1729)
the law indeed was delivered by Moses, but grace and truth was the dispensation of Jesus Christ.

J.P. Green Literal Translation
For the Law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

New King James
For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

New Living Translation
For the law was given through Moses; God's unfailing love and faithfulness came through Jesus Christ.

New International Version
For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

King James Version
For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.

New Life Version
The Law was given through Moses, but loving-favor and truth came through Jesus Christ.

Hebrew Names Version
For the law was given through Moshe. Grace and truth came through Yeshua the Messiah.

International Standard Version
For while the law was given through Moses, grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

John Etheridge Translation of the Peshitta
For the law by the hand of Musha was given; but the truth and the grace were by Jeshu Meshicha.

New American Standard Version
For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ.

The Emphasised Bible
Because, the law, through Moses, was given, favour and truth, through Jesus Christ, came into existence.

Revised Standard Version
For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

Tyndale Bible
For the lawe was geven by Moses but grace and truthe came by Iesus Christ.

Updated Bible Version 1.9
For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

The Webster Bible
For the law was given by Moses, [but] grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.

World English Bible
For the law was given through Moses. Grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

Wesley's New Testament (1755)
but grace and truth was by Jesus Christ.

Weymouth New Testament
For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

The Wycliffe Bible (1395)
For the lawe was youun bi Moises; but grace and treuthe `is maad bi Jhesu Crist.

Young's Literal Translation
for the law through Moses was given, the grace and the truth through Jesus Christ did come;

The Message
We got the basics from Moses, and then this exuberant giving and receiving, This endless knowing and understanding-- all this came through Jesus, the Messiah.

Lexham English Bible
For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came about through Jesus Christ.

Contextual Overview

15John witnessed concerning him and cried and said, This is the one of whom I said, He is coming after me, and yet he is ahead of me, because he was before me. 16And of his fulness we have all received, grace for grace. 17For the law was given by Moses; but truth and grace came into being by Jesus Christ. 18No man has ever seen God; but the firstborn of God, who is in the bosom of his Father, he has declared him.

Verse Review

from
Treasury of Scripure Knowledge

For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.
the law
5:45; 9:29; Exodus 20:1-17; Deuteronomy 4:44; 5:1; 33:4; Acts 7:38; 28:23; Romans 3:19,20; 5:20,21; 2 Corinthians 3:7-10; Galatians 3:10-13,17; Hebrews 3:5,6; 8:8-12
grace
8:32; 14:6; Genesis 3:15; 22:18; Psalms 85:10; 89:1,2; 98:3; Micah 7:20; Luke 1:54,55,68-79; Acts 13:34-39; Romans 3:21-26; 5:21; 6:14; 15:8-12; 2 Corinthians 1:20; Hebrews 9:22; 10:4-10; 11:39,40; Revelation 5:8-10; 7:9-17

Cross-References

Genesis 9:13
I set my bow in the clouds, and it shall be for a sign of a covenant between me and the earth.

Job 38:12
Have you commanded the dawn since your days began; or do you know the place of the morning;

Psalms 8:1
O LORD, our LORD, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! Thou hast set thy glory upon the heavens.

Psalms 8:3
For thy heavens have seen the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;

Acts 13:47
For so has our Lord commanded us, as it is written, I have set you to be a light to the Gentiles, that you should be for salvation unto the ends of the earth.

Gill's Notes on the Bible

For the law was given by Moses,.... Both moral and ceremonial. The moral law was given to Adam, in innocence, which having been broken, and almost lost out of the minds, and memories of men, was given by Moses, in a new edition of it in writing; and points out what is man's duty both to God and men; discovers sin, accuses of it, convicts of it, and condemns for it; nor could it give strength to perform its demands; nor does it give the least hint of forgiveness; nor will it admit of repentance: and hence is opposed to grace; though it was a benefit to men, being in its own nature good and useful in its effects. The ceremonial law pointed out the pollution of human nature, the guilt and punishment of sin; was a type and shadow of deliverance by Christ, but could not give the grace it shadowed, and therefore is opposed both to grace and truth. Now both these were given by Moses to the people of the Jews, not as the maker, but the minister of them: it was God who appointed each of these laws, and ordained them in the hand of the mediator Moses, who received them from him, by the disposition of angels, and delivered them to the people of Israel; and a very high office this was he was put into, and a very great honour was conferred upon him; but Jesus Christ is a far greater person, and in an higher office:

but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ: by grace and truth, is meant the Gospel, in opposition to the law; which is called grace, because it is a declaration of the love, and grace, of God to men; it ascribes salvation, in all the parts of it, to the free grace and favour of God; and is the means of implanting and increasing grace in the hearts of men. And "truth", not only because it contains truth, and nothing but truth, it coming from the God of truth; and the substance of it being Christ, who is the truth; and being revealed, applied, and led into by the Spirit of truth; but because it is the truth of the types, and the substance of the shadows of the law: or these two may mean distinct things; grace may design all the blessings of grace which are in Christ, and come by him; and truth, the promises, and the fulfilment of them, which are all yea, and amen, in Christ: and when these are said to be by him, the meaning is, not that they are by him, as an instrument, but as the author of them; for Christ is the author of the Gospel, and the fulfiller of the promises, and the giver of all grace; which shows the superior excellency of Christ to Moses, and to all men, and even to angels also.

Barnes' Notes on the Bible

The law was given - The Old Testament economy. The institutions under which the Jews lived.

By Moses - By Moses, as the servant of God. He was the great legislator of the Jews, by whom, under God, their polity was formed. The law worketh wrath Romans 4:15; it was attended with many burdensome rites and ceremonies Acts 15:10; it was preparatory to another state of things. The gospel succeeded that and took its place, and thus showed the greatness of the gospel economy, as well as its grace and truth.

Grace and truth came by Jesus Christ - A system of religion full of favors, and the “true” system, was revealed by him. The old system was one of “law,” and “shadows,” and “burdensome rites;” “this” was full of mercy to mankind, and was true in all things. We may learn from these verses:

1.that all our mercies come from Jesus Christ.

2.“All true believers receive from Christ‘s fulness; the best and greatest saints cannot live without him, the meanest and weakest may live by him. This excludes proud boasting that we have nothing but ‹we have received it,‘ and silenceth perplexing fears that we want nothing but ‹we may receive it.‘”

Clarke's Notes on the Bible

The law was given by Moses - Moses received the law from God, and through him it was given to the Jews, Acts 7:38.

But grace and truth - Which he had already mentioned, and which were to be the subject of the book which he was now writing, came to all mankind through Jesus Christ, who is the mediator of the new covenant, as Moses was of the old: Hebrews 8:6; Hebrews 9:15; Galatians 3:19. See a fine discourse on this text by Mr. Claude, "Essay on the Composition of a Sermon," vol. i. p. 119, etc. edit. Lond. 1788.

The law of Moses, however excellent in itself, was little in comparison of the Gospel: as it proceeded from the justice and holiness of God, and was intended to convict men of sin, that the way of the Gospel might be the better prepared, it was a law of rigour, condemnation, and death: Romans 4:15; 2 Corinthians 3:7, 2 Corinthians 3:8. It was a law of shadows, types, and figures: Hebrews 10:1, and incapable of expiating sin by its sacrifices: Romans 8:3; Hebrews 7:18, Hebrews 7:19; Hebrews 10:1, Hebrews 10:11. But Christ has brought that grace which is opposed to condemnation: Romans 5:15, Romans 5:20, Romans 5:21; Romans 8:1; Galatians 3:10; and he is himself the spirit and substance of all those shadows: Colossians 2:19; Hebrews 10:1.

Jesus Christ - Jesus the Christ, the Messiah, or anointed prophet, priest, and king, sent from heaven. To what has already been said on the important name Jesus, (See Matthew 1:21; (note), and the places there referred to), I shall add the following explanation, chiefly taken from Professor Schultens, who has given a better view of the ideal meaning of the root ישע yasha, than any other divine or critic.

He observes that this root, in its true force, meaning, and majesty, both in Hebrew and Arabic, includes the ideas of amplitude, expansion, and space, and should be translated, he was spacious-open-ample; and, particularly, he possessed a spacious or extensive degree or rank: and is applied,

  1. To a person possessing abundance of riches.
  • To one possessing abundant power.
  • To one possessing abundant or extensive knowledge.
  • To one possessing abundance of happiness, beatitude, and glory.
  • Hence we may learn the true meaning of Zechariah 9:9; : Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion - behold, thy king cometh unto thee; he is Just, and having Salvation: - הושיע - he is possessed of all power to enrich, strengthen, teach, enlarge, and raise to glory and happiness, them who trust in him. Man by nature is in want and poverty: in abjectness and weakness: in darkness and ignorance: in straits and captivity: in wretchedness and infamy. His Redeemer is called ישועה Jesus - he who looses, enlarges, and endows with salvation.
    1. He enriches man's poverty:
  • strengthens his weakness:
  • teaches his ignorance:
  • brings him out of straits and difficulties: and
  • raises him to happiness, beatitude, and glory.
  • And the aggregate of these is Salvation. Hence that saying, His name shall be called Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins. See Schultens Origines Hebraeae, p. 15.


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