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John 8:12 Commentary - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

12. Then spake Jesus again unto them ] The paragraph Joh 7:53 to Joh 8:11 being omitted, these words must be connected with Joh 7:52. The officers have made their report to the Sanhedrin, leaving Jesus unmolested. After an interval He continues His discourse: again, therefore, Jesus spake unto them, i.e. because the attempt to interfere with Him had failed. How long the interval was we do not know, but probably the evening of the same day.

I am the light of the world ] Once more we have a possible reference to the ceremonies of the Feast of Tabernacles, somewhat less probable than the other (see on Joh 7:37), but not improbable. Large candelabra were lighted in the Court of the Women on the evening of the first day of the Feast, and these flung their light over the whole city. Authorities differ as to whether this illumination was repeated, but all are agreed that it did not take place on the last evening. Here, therefore, there was once more a gap, which Christ Himself may have designed to fill; and while the multitude were missing the festal light of the great lamps, He declares, ‘I am the Light of the world.’ In the case of the water we know that it was poured on each of the seven days, and that Christ spoke the probable reference to it on the last day of the Feast. But in this case the illumination took place possibly on the first night only, and Christ certainly did not utter this possible reference to it until the last day of the Feast, or perhaps not until the Feast was all over. But the fact that the words were spoken in the Court of the Women (see on Joh 8:20) makes the reference not improbable.

he that followeth me ] This expression also is in favour of the reference. The illumination in the Court of the Women commemorated the pillar of fire which led the Israelites through the wilderness, as the pouring of the water of Siloam commemorated the water flowing from the Rock. ‘The Lord went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light ’ (Exo 13:21). So Christ here declares that those who follow Him shall in no wise walk in darkness. The negative is very strong. This use of ‘darkness’ for moral evil is peculiar to S. John: see on Joh 1:5, where (as here) we have light and life ( Joh 8:4) closely connected, while darkness is opposed to both.

shall have the light of life ] Not merely with him but in him, so that he also becomes a source of light. See on Joh 7:38, and comp. ‘Ye are the light of the world,’ Mat 5:14.

Joh 8:12 to Joh 9:41 . Christ the Source of Truth and Light

In Joh 8:12-46 the word ‘true’ occurs six times, the word ‘truth’ seven times.

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John 8:12 - The Greek Testament

John 8:12 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

John 8:12 - Joseph Benson’s Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

John 8:12 - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

John 8:12 - Calvin's Complete Commentary

John 8:12 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

John 8:12 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

John 8:12 - Commentary on the Holy Bible by Thomas Coke

John 8:12 - College Press Bible Study Textbook Series

John 8:12 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

John 8:12 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

John 8:12 - Expositors Bible Commentary

John 8:12 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

John 8:12 - Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures

John 8:12 - The Expositor’s Greek Testament by Robertson

John 8:12 - F.B. Meyer's Through the Bible Commentary

John 8:12 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

John 8:12 - McGarvey and Pendleton Commentaries (New Testament)

John 8:12 - Geneva Bible Notes

John 8:12 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

John 8:12 - Gnomon of the New Testament

John 8:12 - William Godbey's Commentary on the New Testament

John 8:12 - Godet Commentary (Luke, John, Romans and 1 Corinthians)

John 8:12 - The Great Texts of the Bible

John 8:12 - Henry Alford's Greek Testament

John 8:12 - Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

John 8:12 - Matthew Henry's Whole Bible Commentary

John 8:12 - Charles Simeon's Horae Homileticae (Old and New Testaments)

John 8:12 - Biblical Illustrator Edited by Joseph S. Exell

John 8:12 - Commentaries on the New Testament and Prophets

John 8:12 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

John 8:12 - The Popular Commentary on the Bible by Kretzmann

John 8:12 - A Commentary on the Holy Scriptures, Critical, Doctrinal, and Homiletical by Lange

John 8:12 - Lightfoot Commentary Gospels

John 8:12 - Neighbour's Wells of Living Water

John 8:12 - Expositions Of Holy Scripture by Alexander MacLaren

John 8:12 - Heinrich August Wilhelm Meyer's New Testament Commentary

John 8:12 - Church Pulpit Commentary

John 8:12 - Peake's Commentary on the Bible

John 8:12 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

John 8:12 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

John 8:12 - Old and New Testaments Restoration Commentary

John 8:12 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

John 8:12 - Ryle's Expository Thoughts on the Gospels

John 8:12 - A Popular Commentary on the New Testament

John 8:12 - Scofield Reference Bible Notes

John 8:12 - Spurgeon's Verse Expositions of the Bible

John 8:12 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

John 8:12 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

John 8:12 - You Can Understand the Bible: Study Guide Commentary Series by Bob Utley

John 8:12 - Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament

John 8:12 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

John 8:12 - Combined Bible Commentary

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