100 Bible Verses about Light

John 8:12 ESV / 1,105 helpful votes

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

John 1:5 ESV / 755 helpful votes

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

Psalm 119:105 ESV / 570 helpful votes

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

Matthew 5:16 ESV / 552 helpful votes

In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

1 John 1:7 ESV / 531 helpful votes

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.

Ephesians 5:8 ESV / 486 helpful votes

For at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light

Matthew 5:14 ESV / 483 helpful votes

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.

1 Peter 2:9 ESV / 440 helpful votes

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

1 John 1:5 ESV / 409 helpful votes

This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

Psalm 27:1 ESV / 373 helpful votes

Of David. The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

2 Corinthians 4:6 ESV / 302 helpful votes

For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

John 12:35 ESV / 299 helpful votes

So Jesus said to them, “The light is among you for a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you. The one who walks in the darkness does not know where he is going.

John 9:5 ESV / 276 helpful votes

As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”

Matthew 4:16 ESV / 231 helpful votes

The people dwelling in darkness have seen a great light, and for those dwelling in the region and shadow of death, on them a light has dawned.”

Isaiah 42:16 ESV / 229 helpful votes

And I will lead the blind in a way that they do not know, in paths that they have not known I will guide them. I will turn the darkness before them into light, the rough places into level ground. These are the things I do, and I do not forsake them.

Isaiah 58:8 ESV / 225 helpful votes

Then shall your light break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up speedily; your righteousness shall go before you; the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.

Luke 11:34 ESV / 224 helpful votes

Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is full of light, but when it is bad, your body is full of darkness.

James 1:17 ESV / 214 helpful votes

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.

Psalm 119:130 ESV / 212 helpful votes

The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple.

Genesis 1:3 ESV / 210 helpful votes

And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.

Ephesians 5:14 ESV / 195 helpful votes

For anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says, “Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”

John 12:36 ESV / 181 helpful votes

While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light.” When Jesus had said these things, he departed and hid himself from them.

John 1:4 ESV / 170 helpful votes

In him was life, and the life was the light of men.

Matthew 5:14-16 ESV / 167 helpful votes

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

Psalm 36:9 ESV / 162 helpful votes

For with you is the fountain of life; in your light do we see light.

1 Thessalonians 5:5 ESV / 161 helpful votes

For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness.

Isaiah 60:1 ESV / 150 helpful votes

Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.

1 John 1:5-7 ESV / 149 helpful votes

This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.

Psalm 18:28 ESV / 149 helpful votes

For it is you who light my lamp; the Lord my God lightens my darkness.

Revelation 21:23 ESV / 147 helpful votes

And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb.

Proverbs 6:23 ESV / 145 helpful votes

For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching a light, and the reproofs of discipline are the way of life,

Acts 13:47 ESV / 142 helpful votes

For so the Lord has commanded us, saying, “‘I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.’”

Isaiah 49:6 ESV / 135 helpful votes

He says: “It is too light a thing that you should be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob and to bring back the preserved of Israel; I will make you as a light for the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.”

John 3:19-21 ESV / 122 helpful votes

And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.”

Isaiah 9:2 ESV / 116 helpful votes

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shined.

Ecclesiastes 2:13 ESV / 110 helpful votes

Then I saw that there is more gain in wisdom than in folly, as there is more gain in light than in darkness.

Acts 26:18 ESV / 106 helpful votes

To open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.’

2 Corinthians 6:14 ESV / 100 helpful votes

Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?

Genesis 1:3-5 ESV / 100 helpful votes

And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.

Philippians 2:14-16 ESV / 98 helpful votes

Do all things without grumbling or questioning, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain.

Daniel 2:22 ESV / 98 helpful votes

He reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what is in the darkness, and the light dwells with him.

Philippians 2:15 ESV / 96 helpful votes

That you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,

John 5:35 ESV / 96 helpful votes

He was a burning and shining lamp, and you were willing to rejoice for a while in his light.

Isaiah 60:20 ESV / 95 helpful votes

Your sun shall no more go down, nor your moon withdraw itself; for the Lord will be your everlasting light, and your days of mourning shall be ended.

Luke 8:16 ESV / 93 helpful votes

“No one after lighting a lamp covers it with a jar or puts it under a bed, but puts it on a stand, so that those who enter may see the light.

Matthew 5:13-16 ESV / 91 helpful votes

“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people's feet. “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

2 Peter 1:19 ESV / 86 helpful votes

And we have something more sure, the prophetic word, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts,

John 1:7-9 ESV / 83 helpful votes

He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.

Matthew 6:22-23 ESV / 83 helpful votes

“The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!

John 3:19-28 ESV / 82 helpful votes

And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.” After this Jesus and his disciples went into the Judean countryside, and he remained there with them and was baptizing. John also was baptizing at Aenon near Salim, because water was plentiful there, and people were coming and being baptized ...

Proverbs 4:18 ESV / 82 helpful votes

But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, which shines brighter and brighter until full day.

Daniel 12:3 ESV / 81 helpful votes

And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.

Proverbs 20:27 ESV / 81 helpful votes

The spirit of man is the lamp of the Lord, searching all his innermost parts.

Genesis 1:4 ESV / 80 helpful votes

And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness.

John 1:9 ESV / 77 helpful votes

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

Exodus 13:21 ESV / 75 helpful votes

And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead them along the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, that they might travel by day and by night.

Romans 13:12 ESV / 72 helpful votes

The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light.

Numbers 6:24-26 ESV / 71 helpful votes

The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.

John 1:7 ESV / 70 helpful votes

He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him.

John 12:35-36 ESV / 67 helpful votes

So Jesus said to them, “The light is among you for a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you. The one who walks in the darkness does not know where he is going. While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light.” When Jesus had said these things, he departed and hid himself from them.

Ephesians 5:11 ESV / 66 helpful votes

Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.

Isaiah 42:6 ESV / 66 helpful votes

“I am the Lord; I have called you in righteousness; I will take you by the hand and keep you; I will give you as a covenant for the people, a light for the nations,

Matthew 17:2 ESV / 64 helpful votes

And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became white as light.

Luke 16:8 ESV / 60 helpful votes

The master commended the dishonest manager for his shrewdness. For the sons of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than the sons of light.

John 1:4-9 ESV / 59 helpful votes

In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light. ...

1 Timothy 6:16 ESV / 57 helpful votes

Who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.

Ephesians 5:8-9 ESV / 57 helpful votes

For at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true),

Jeremiah 13:16 ESV / 57 helpful votes

Give glory to the Lord your God before he brings darkness, before your feet stumble on the twilight mountains, and while you look for light he turns it into gloom and makes it deep darkness.

Isaiah 45:7 ESV / 56 helpful votes

I form light and create darkness, I make well-being and create calamity, I am the Lord, who does all these things.

Acts 9:3 ESV / 54 helpful votes

Now as he went on his way, he approached Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him.

Revelation 21:23-25 ESV / 50 helpful votes

And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb. By its light will the nations walk, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it, and its gates will never be shut by day—and there will be no night there.

2 Corinthians 4:4-6 ESV / 49 helpful votes

In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

John 12:46 ESV / 49 helpful votes

I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness.

Isaiah 60:2-3 ESV / 46 helpful votes

For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the Lord will arise upon you, and his glory will be seen upon you. And nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.

Psalm 104:2 ESV / 46 helpful votes

Covering yourself with light as with a garment, stretching out the heavens like a tent.

1 John 1:7-10 ESV / 45 helpful votes

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

John 3:16-17 ESV / 45 helpful votes

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

John 1:8 ESV / 45 helpful votes

He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light.

Isaiah 60:19 ESV / 45 helpful votes

The sun shall be no more your light by day, nor for brightness shall the moon give you light; but the Lord will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your glory.

Ephesians 5:11-12 ESV / 44 helpful votes

Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret.

Luke 2:32 ESV / 43 helpful votes

A light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to your people Israel.”

John 14:6 ESV / 42 helpful votes

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

1 John 1:5-9 ESV / 40 helpful votes

This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Psalm 23:1-6 ESV / 40 helpful votes

A Psalm of David. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. ...

2 Corinthians 4:4 ESV / 39 helpful votes

In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

Acts 26:13 ESV / 38 helpful votes

At midday, O king, I saw on the way a light from heaven, brighter than the sun, that shone around me and those who journeyed with me.

Luke 12:3 ESV / 38 helpful votes

Therefore whatever you have said in the dark shall be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in private rooms shall be proclaimed on the housetops.

Micah 7:8 ESV / 38 helpful votes

Rejoice not over me, O my enemy; when I fall, I shall rise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord will be a light to me.

Philippians 2:15-16 ESV / 37 helpful votes

That you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain.

1 Kings 11:36 ESV / 37 helpful votes

Yet to his son I will give one tribe, that David my servant may always have a lamp before me in Jerusalem, the city where I have chosen to put my name.

Psalm 97:11 ESV / 36 helpful votes

Light is sown for the righteous, and joy for the upright in heart.

John 3:19 ESV / 35 helpful votes

And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil.

Psalm 31:16 ESV / 35 helpful votes

Make your face shine on your servant; save me in your steadfast love!

Matthew 5:13 ESV / 34 helpful votes

“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people's feet.

Proverbs 13:9 ESV / 34 helpful votes

The light of the righteous rejoices, but the lamp of the wicked will be put out.

Acts 26:22-23 ESV / 33 helpful votes

To this day I have had the help that comes from God, and so I stand here testifying both to small and great, saying nothing but what the prophets and Moses said would come to pass: that the Christ must suffer and that, by being the first to rise from the dead, he would proclaim light both to our people and to the Gentiles.”

John 8:1-59 ESV / 32 helpful votes

But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. Early in the morning he came again to the temple. All the people came to him, and he sat down and taught them. The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst they said to him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. Now in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?” ...

Psalm 80:19 ESV / 32 helpful votes

Restore us, O Lord God of hosts! Let your face shine, that we may be saved!

Psalm 37:5-6 ESV / 32 helpful votes

Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act. He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday.

Ephesians 1:18 ESV / 31 helpful votes

Having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints,

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