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John 1:10

    John 1:10 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    He was in the world, and the world was made through him, and the world knew him not.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    He was in the world, the world which came into being through him, but the world had no knowledge of him.

    Webster's Revision

    He was in the world, and the world was made through him, and the world knew him not.

    World English Bible

    He was in the world, and the world was made through him, and the world didn't recognize him.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.

    Clarke's Commentary on John 1:10

    He was in the world - From its very commencement - he governed the universe - regulated his Church - spake by his prophets - and often, as the angel or messenger of Jehovah, appeared to them, and to the patriarchs.

    The world knew him not - Αυτον ουκ εγνω - Did not acknowledge him; for the Jewish rulers knew well enough that he was a teacher come from God; but they did not choose to acknowledge him as such. Men love the world, and this love hinders them from knowing him who made it, though he made it only to make himself known. Christ, by whom all things were made, John 1:3, and by whom all things are continually supported, Colossians 1:16, Colossians 1:17; Hebrews 1:3, has way every where, is continually manifesting himself by his providence and by his grace, and yet the foolish heart of man regardeth it not! See the reason, John 3:19 (note).

    Barnes' Notes on John 1:10

    He was in the world - This refers, probably, not to his pre-existence, but to the fact that he became incarnate; that he dwelt among human beings.

    And the world was made by him - This is a repetition of what is said in John 1:3. Not only "men," but all material things, were made by him. These facts are mentioned here to make what is said immediately after more striking, to wit, that men did not receive him. The proofs which he furnished that they ought to receive him were:

    1. Those given while he was "in the world" - the miracles that he performed and his instructions; and,

    2. The fact that the "world was made by him." It was remarkable that the world did not know or approve its own Maker.

    The world knew him not - The word "knew" is sometimes used in the sense of "approving" or "loving," Psalm 1:6; Matthew 7:23. In this sense it may be used here. The world did not love or approve him, but rejected him and put him to death. Or it may mean that they did not understand or know that he was the Messiah; for had the Jews known and believed that he was the Messiah, they would not have put him to death, 1 Corinthians 2:8; "Had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory." Yet they might have known it, and therefore they were not the less to blame.

    Wesley's Notes on John 1:10

    1:10 He was in the world - Even from the creation.
    Book: John