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[a]the light shines in the darkness,(A)
    and the darkness has not overcome it.

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Footnotes

  1. 1:5 The ethical dualism of light and darkness is paralleled in intertestamental literature and in the Dead Sea Scrolls. Overcome: “comprehend” is another possible translation, but cf. Jn 12:35; Wis 7:29–30.

The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.(A)

10 He was in the world,
    and the world came to be through him,
    but the world did not know him.
11 He came to what was his own,
    but his own people[a] did not accept him.

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Footnotes

  1. 1:11 What was his own…his own people: first a neuter, literally, “his own property/possession” (probably = Israel), then a masculine, “his own people” (the Israelites).

12 Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”(A)

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While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”(A)

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