100 Bible Verses about Light Exposes Darkness

Ephesians 5:11 ESV / 62 helpful votes

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

John 8:12 ESV / 53 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.”

Ephesians 5:8 ESV / 47 helpful votes

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

John 1:5 ESV / 46 helpful votes

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

Ephesians 5:13 ESV / 45 helpful votes

But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible,

John 3:20 ESV / 42 helpful votes

For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed.

John 3:19-21 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. 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.”

Romans 13:12 ESV / 28 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.

John 3:19-20 ESV / 28 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.

Psalm 119:105 ESV / 27 helpful votes

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

1 John 1:5 ESV / 26 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.

2 Corinthians 6:14 ESV / 25 helpful votes

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

2 Corinthians 4:4 ESV / 24 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.

Matthew 5:14-16 ESV / 23 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.

John 3:19 ESV / 21 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.

1 Peter 2:9 ESV / 19 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.

Psalm 18:28 ESV / 19 helpful votes

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

John 3:16 ESV / 18 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.

John 12:35 ESV / 17 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.

Psalm 27:1 ESV / 17 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 / 16 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 1:4 ESV / 16 helpful votes

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

1 Thessalonians 5:5 ESV / 15 helpful votes

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

John 12:46 ESV / 15 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 4:19 ESV / 15 helpful votes

The way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know over what they stumble.

John 9:5 ESV / 14 helpful votes

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

Matthew 5:16 ESV / 14 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.

Ephesians 6:12 ESV / 13 helpful votes

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.

Ephesians 5:8-9 ESV / 13 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),

John 12:36 ESV / 13 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.

Isaiah 9:2 ESV / 13 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.

Genesis 1:3 ESV / 13 helpful votes

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

Jude 1:13 ESV / 12 helpful votes

Wild waves of the sea, casting up the foam of their own shame; wandering stars, for whom the gloom of utter darkness has been reserved forever.

1 John 1:5-7 ESV / 12 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.

1 Timothy 5:20 ESV / 12 helpful votes

As for those who persist in sin, rebuke them in the presence of all, so that the rest may stand in fear.

Ephesians 5:6 ESV / 12 helpful votes

Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.

1 Corinthians 4:5 ESV / 12 helpful votes

Therefore do not pronounce judgment before the time, before the Lord comes, who will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the heart. Then each one will receive his commendation from God.

Matthew 5:14 ESV / 12 helpful votes

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

Micah 7:9 ESV / 12 helpful votes

I will bear the indignation of the Lord because I have sinned against him, until he pleads my cause and executes judgment for me. He will bring me out to the light; I shall look upon his vindication.

Micah 7:8 ESV / 12 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.

Psalm 139:12 ESV / 12 helpful votes

Even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you.

Colossians 1:13 ESV / 11 helpful votes

He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son,

Acts 26:18 ESV / 11 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.’

John 14:6 ESV / 11 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.

Isaiah 42:16 ESV / 11 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 5:20 ESV / 11 helpful votes

Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!

Ecclesiastes 2:13 ESV / 11 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.

Psalm 119:130 ESV / 11 helpful votes

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

Genesis 1:4 ESV / 11 helpful votes

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

1 John 1:7 ESV / 10 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.

1 John 1:6-7 ESV / 10 helpful votes

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.

1 John 1:6 ESV / 10 helpful votes

If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.

Ephesians 5:14 ESV / 10 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.”

Ephesians 5:12 ESV / 10 helpful votes

For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret.

Romans 13:11-13 ESV / 10 helpful votes

Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed. 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. Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy.

John 11:10 ESV / 10 helpful votes

But if anyone walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him.”

John 1:1 ESV / 10 helpful votes

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

Matthew 8:12 ESV / 10 helpful votes

While the sons of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

Acts 13:47 ESV / 9 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.’”

John 3:21 ESV / 9 helpful votes

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.”

Luke 1:79 ESV / 9 helpful votes

To give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.”

Matthew 4:16 ESV / 9 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.”

Revelation 21:8 ESV / 8 helpful votes

But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”

1 John 2:8-11 ESV / 8 helpful votes

At the same time, it is a new commandment that I am writing to you, which is true in him and in you, because the darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining. Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness. Whoever loves his brother abides in the light, and in him there is no cause for stumbling. But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.

1 John 2:1-29 ESV / 8 helpful votes

My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world. And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments. Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him, but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him: ...

James 1:17 ESV / 8 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.

Ephesians 5:9 ESV / 8 helpful votes

(for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true),

2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV / 8 helpful votes

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

John 3:16-17 ESV / 8 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.

1 John 2:11 ESV / 7 helpful votes

But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.

1 John 2:9 ESV / 7 helpful votes

Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness.

2 Timothy 3:13 ESV / 7 helpful votes

While evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.

Acts 2:38 ESV / 7 helpful votes

And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

John 17:3 ESV / 7 helpful votes

And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.

John 12:35-36 ESV / 7 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.

Matthew 25:30 ESV / 7 helpful votes

And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

Matthew 6:22-23 ESV / 7 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!

Isaiah 60:1 ESV / 7 helpful votes

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

2 Samuel 22:29 ESV / 7 helpful votes

For you are my lamp, O Lord, and my God lightens my darkness.

Genesis 1:5 ESV / 7 helpful votes

God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.

2 Timothy 3:5 ESV / 6 helpful votes

Having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.

1 Thessalonians 5:4 ESV / 6 helpful votes

But you are not in darkness, brothers, for that day to surprise you like a thief.

Ephesians 5:11-14 ESV / 6 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. But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says, “Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”

Ephesians 5:8-14 ESV / 6 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), and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. 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. ...

2 Corinthians 6:14-15 ESV / 6 helpful votes

Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? What accord has Christ with Belial? Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever?

John 1:4-5 ESV / 6 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.

Luke 1:37 ESV / 6 helpful votes

For nothing will be impossible with God.”

Psalm 82:5 ESV / 6 helpful votes

They have neither knowledge nor understanding, they walk about in darkness; all the foundations of the earth are shaken.

Revelation 22:5 ESV / 5 helpful votes

And night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever.

2 John 1:7 ESV / 5 helpful votes

For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not confess the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh. Such a one is the deceiver and the antichrist.

1 Timothy 6:3-5 ESV / 5 helpful votes

If anyone teaches a different doctrine and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with godliness, he is puffed up with conceit and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy craving for controversy and for quarrels about words, which produce envy, dissension, slander, evil suspicions, and constant friction among people who are depraved in mind and deprived of the truth, imagining that godliness is a means of gain.

Isaiah 45:7 ESV / 5 helpful votes

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

1 John 2:4 ESV / 4 helpful votes

Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him,

Hebrews 4:12-13 ESV / 4 helpful votes

For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

Hebrews 3:12-13 ESV / 4 helpful votes

Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.

1 Thessalonians 5:21 ESV / 4 helpful votes

But test everything; hold fast what is good.

Colossians 4:6 ESV / 4 helpful votes

Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.

Ephesians 5:11-13 ESV / 4 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. But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible,

2 Corinthians 4:2 ESV / 4 helpful votes

But we have renounced disgraceful, underhanded ways. We refuse to practice cunning or to tamper with God's word, but by the open statement of the truth we would commend ourselves to everyone's conscience in the sight of God.

Romans 10:13 ESV / 4 helpful votes

For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

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