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PROLOGUE: OUR DECLARATION

What was from the beginning,a what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have observed and have touched with our hands, concerning the wordb of life—that life was revealed,c and we have seen it and we testify and declare to you the eternal life that was with the Father and was revealed to usdwhat we have seen and heard we also declare to you, so that you may also have fellowshipe with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Fatherf and with his Son Jesus Christ. We are writing these thingsA so that ourB joyg may be complete.

FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD

This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light,h and there is absolutely no darkness in him.i If we say, “We have fellowshipj with him,” and yet we walk in darkness,k we are lying and are not practicing the truth.l If we walk in the lightm as he himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesusn his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say, “We have no sin,”o we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous to forgivep us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say, “We have not sinned,” we make him a liar, and his wordq is not in us.r

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About Christian Standard Bible

The Christian Standard Bible (CSB) is a highly trustworthy, faithful translation that is proven to be the optimal blend of accuracy and readability. It’s as literal to the original as possible without sacrificing clarity. The CSB is poised to become the translation that pastors rely on and Bible readers turn to again and again to read and to share with others.

The CSB is an original translation: more than 100 scholars from 17 denominations translated directly from the best available Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic source texts into English. Its source texts are the standard used by scholars and seminaries today.

The CSB is trustworthy: the conservative, evangelical scholars of the CSB affirm the authority of Scripture as the inerrant Word of God and seek the highest level of faithfulness to the original and accuracy in their translation. These scholars and LifeWay, the non-profit ministry that stewards the CSB, also champion the Bible against cultural trends that would compromise its truths.

The CSB is clear: it is as literal a translation of the ancient source texts as possible, but, in the many places throughout Scripture where a word-for-word rendering might obscure the meaning for a modern audience, it uses a more dynamic translation. In all cases, the intent is to convey the original meaning of God’s Word as faithfully and as clearly as possible.

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