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1 John 1:1–3:12

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*aThat which was from the beginning, which bwe have heard, which bwe have seen with our eyes, which cwe have looked upon, and dour hands have handled, of the Word eof life; (For ethe life fwas manifested, and bwe have seen it, and gbear witness, and shew unto you hthat eternal life, iwhich was with the Father, and fwas manifested unto us;) That which bwe have seen and bheard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly kour fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. And these things write we unto you, lthat your joy may be full. mThis then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that nGod is light, and in him is no darkness at all. oIf we say that we have fellowship with him, and pwalk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and qthe blood of rJesus Christ his Son scleanseth us from all sin. tIf we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and uthe truth is not in us. vIf we confess our sins, he is xfaithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to scleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 yIf we say that we have not sinned, zwe make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

2 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, awe have an badvocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And che is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but dalso for the sins of the whole world. And hereby we do know that we know him, if we ekeep his commandments. fHe that saith, gI know him, and ekeepeth not his commandments, his a liar, and ithe truth is not in him. But whoso jkeepeth his word, kin him verily is the love of God perfected: lhereby know we that we are in him. He that saith he mabideth in him nought himself also so to walk, even as he walked. Brethren, oI write no new commandment unto you, but an old commandment opwhich ye had from the beginning. qThe old commandment is the word pwhich ye have heard from the beginning. Again, ra new commandment I write unto you, which thing is true rrin him and in you: because the sdarkness tis past, and uthe true light now shineth. He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, vis in darkness even until now. 10 wHe that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and xthere is none occasion of stumbling in him. 11 But he that hateth his brother vis in darkness, and ywalketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that vdarkness hath blinded his eyes.

12 I write unto you, little children, because zyour sins are forgiven you for his name’s sake. 13 I write unto you, fathers, because ye have known ahim that is from the beginning. I write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome bthe wicked one. I write unto you, clittle children, because ye have known the Father. 14 I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known ahim that is from the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because dye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome bthe wicked one. 15 eLove not the world, neither the things that are in the world. fIf any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world, gthe lust of the flesh, and hthe lust of the eyes, and ithe pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. 17 And kthe world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth lthe will of God abideth for ever. 18 cLittle children, mit is the last time: and as ye have heard that nantichrist shall come, even now are there omany antichrists; whereby we know mthat it is the last time. 19 pThey went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, qthey would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, rthat they might be made manifest that they were not sall of us. 20 But ye have tan unction from uthe Holy One, and vye know all things. 21 I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because xye know it, and that no lie is of the truth. 22 Who is a liar but yhe that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is nantichrist, that zdenieth the Father and the Son. 23 aWhosoever zdenieth the Son, the same bhath not the Father: (but) che that acknowledgeth the Son bhath the Father also. 24 Let that therefore abide in you, dwhich ye have heard from the beginning. If that dwhich ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, eye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father. 25 And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even feternal life. 26 These things have I written unto you concerning gthem that seduce you. 27 But hthe anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and iye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing hjteacheth you of all things, and kis truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, lye shall abide in ||him. 28 And now, little children, abide in him; that, mwhen he shall appear, nwe may have confidence, and onot be ashamed pbefore him qat his coming. 29 If ye know that rhe is righteous, ||ye know that severy one that doeth righteousness is born of him.

3 Behold, awhat manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that bwe should be called cthe sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because dit knew him not. Beloved, enow are we cthe sons of God, and fit doth not yet appear what we shall be: but gwe know that, hwhen he shall appear, iwe shall be like him; for kwe shall lsee him as he is. And every man mthat hath this hope in him npurifieth himself, oeven as he is pure. Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for psin is the transgression of the law. And ye know that qrhe was manifested rsto take away our sins; and tin him is no sin. Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth uhath not seen him, vneither known him. Little children, wlet no man deceive you: xhe that doeth righteousness is righteous, oeven as he is righteous. yHe that committeth sin is of the devil; for zthe devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, athat he might bdestroy the works of the devil. cWhosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for dhis seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because ehe is born of God. 10 In this fthe children of God are manifest, and gthe children of the devil: hwhosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither ihe that loveth not his brother. 11 For kthis is the ||message lthat ye heard from the beginning, mthat we should love one another. 12 Not as nCain, who was of othat wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? pBecause his own works were evil, and his brother’s righteous.

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a

See John 1:1. So ch. 2:13, 14.

b

ver. 3. Acts 4:20. So ver. 2. Acts 22:15. Rev. 1:2.

b

ver. 3. Acts 4:20. So ver. 2. Acts 22:15. Rev. 1:2.

c

John 1:14. ch. 4:14 in the Gk. So Luke 1:2. 2 Pet. 1:16.

d
e
e
f
b

ver. 3. Acts 4:20. So ver. 2. Acts 22:15. Rev. 1:2.

g

John 15:27. & 19:35 (Gk.). & 21:24. ch. 4:14 (Gk.). See Luke 24:48.

h

See ch. 5:20.

i

So John 1:1, 2.

f
b

ver. 3. Acts 4:20. So ver. 2. Acts 22:15. Rev. 1:2.

b

ver. 3. Acts 4:20. So ver. 2. Acts 22:15. Rev. 1:2.

k

See 1 Cor. 1:9. Comp. John 17:21. ch. 2:24.

l
m

So ch. 3:11.

n
o

So 2 Cor. 6:14. ch. 2:4.

p
q
r

So ch. 2:2.

s

ver. 9. So 1 Cor. 6:11. See Ps. 65:3. & Rom. 4:25. & Tit. 2:14.

t
u

See ch. 2:4.

v
x
s

ver. 9. So 1 Cor. 6:11. See Ps. 65:3. & Rom. 4:25. & Tit. 2:14.

y
z

ch. 5:10.

a

See Rom. 8:34.

b
c

Rom. 3:25. ch. 4:10. So 2 Cor. 5:18, 19. Col. 1:20. See ch. 1:7.

d

So John 1:29. & 4:42. & 11:51, 52. ch. 4:14. See Heb. 2:9.

e

John 14:15. & 15:10. ver. 4. ch. 3:22, 24. & 5:2, 3. Rev. 12:17. & 14:12. So Rev. 22:14. See 1 Cor. 7:19.

f

So ch. 1:6.

g

So ch. 3:6. & 4:8.

e

John 14:15. & 15:10. ver. 4. ch. 3:22, 24. & 5:2, 3. Rev. 12:17. & 14:12. So Rev. 22:14. See 1 Cor. 7:19.

h

ch. 4:20.

i
j
k

ch. 4:12, 17. So John 17:23.

l

So ch. 4:13. & 5:3.

m
n

So ch. 4:17. See Matt. 11:29.

o
o
p

ch. 3:11.

q
p

ch. 3:11.

r
rr

So ch. 3:23.

s
t

Gk. as ver. 17.

u
v
w

So ch. 3:14.

x

Gr. scandal. See Matt. 13:41. & Rom. 14:13.

v
y

See ch. 1:6.

v
z

See Acts 13:38. So ch. 1:7.

a

See ch 1:1.

b

ch. 5:18, 19? See Matt. 13:19.

c

ver. 18. John 21:5. Gk. not as ver. 1, 12, 28. ch. 3:7, 18. & 4:4. & 5:21.

a

See ch 1:1.

d
b

ch. 5:18, 19? See Matt. 13:19.

e
f
g
h

Comp. Eccles. 4:8. & 5:11. See 1 Kin. 20:6.

i
k
l
c

ver. 18. John 21:5. Gk. not as ver. 1, 12, 28. ch. 3:7. 18. & 4:4. & 5:21.

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n
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s
t

ver. 27 (Gk.). So 2 Cor. 1:21. Comp. Ps. 45:7. Heb. 1:9.

u

See Mark 1:24.

v

So ver. 27. See John 14:26. Comp. Prov. 28:5.

x
y

ch. 4:3. 2 John 7. So ch. 5:1.

n
z
a
z
b

ch. 5:12. 2 John 9.

c

Comp. John 14:7, 9, 10. Rom. 10:9. ch. 4:15.

b

ch. 5:12. 2 John 9.

d
d
e

ch. 4:12, 13, 15, 16 (Gk.). So John 14:23. See ch. 1:3.

f

John 17:2, 3. ch. 5:11. See ch. 5:20.

g

ch. 3:7 (Gk.). So 2 John 7.

h

See ver. 20.

i
h

See ver. 20.

j
k
l

John 14:17 (Gk.).

||

Or, it.

m

Col. 3:4. ch. 3:2.

n

ch. 4:17 (Gk.). See ch. 3:21.

o
p
q
r
||

Or, know ye. See 1 Pet. 2:5 marg. But comp. ver. 20, 21.

s

ch. 3:7, 10. So 3 John 11. See Rom. 2:13.

a

So ch. 4:10.

b
c

John 11:52. ver. 2, 10. ch. 5:2 in the Gk.

d
e

See Gal. 3:26. Comp. 2 Pet. 1:4.

c

John 11:52. ver. 2, 10. ch. 5:2 in the Gk.

f
g

ver. 14. See John 21:24.

h

See ch. 2:28.

i
k
l
m

Rom. 15:12 (Gk.), 13.

n
o

ch. 4:17. So ver. 7. Comp. 1 Pet. 1:15.

p

See Rom. 4:15. So ch. 5:17.

q

See ch. 1:2.

r
r
s

See John 1:29.

t
u
v

ch. 4:8. So ch. 2:4.

w

ch. 2:26 (Gk.). See Matt. 24:4.

x

So Ezek. 18:5–9. ver. 10. See ch. 2:29.

o

ch. 4:17. So ver. 7. Comp. 1 Pet. 1:15.

y
z

Comp. 2 Pet. 2:4.

a
b

See John 2:19.

c

So Ps. 119:3. ch. 5:18.

d
e

See John 3:3.

f

ver. 1.

g

So ver. 8.

h

See ver. 7.

i

ch. 4:8. See Heb. 13:1.

k

So ch. 1:5.

||

Or, commandment. Gk. not as ver. 23.

l
m

ver. 23. ch. 4:7. 2 John 5. So ch. 4:21. See John 13:34.

n
o
p