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through him was life,
    and this life was the light of the human race;(A)
[a]the light shines in the darkness,(B)
    and the darkness has not overcome it.

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  1. 1:5 The ethical dualism of light and darkness is paralleled in intertestamental literature and in the Dead Sea Scrolls. Overcome: “comprehend” is another possible translation, but cf. Jn 12:35; Wis 7:29–30.