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Definitions & Insights

Definitions & Insights – Darkness Did Not Comprehend the Light

The light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. (John 1:5 KJV)

Darkness is “ignorance respecting divine things and human duties, and the accompanying ungodliness and immorality, together with their consequent misery in hell; persons in whom darkness becomes visible and holds sway.”1

Comprehended means “to lay hold of so as to make one’s own, … to take possession of.”2

1. Larry Pierce, The Online Bible, CD-ROM (Winterbourne, Ontario: Larry Pierce, 2007), John 1:5, the root word #4655 of “darkness,” emphasis mine.

2. Ibid., John 1:5.

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