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Prologue: Our Declaration

1 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 Word b 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 us d

what we have seen and heard

we also declare to you,

so that you may have fellowship e along with us;

and indeed our fellowship is with the Father f

and with His Son Jesus Christ.

We are writing these things g

so that our h joy i may be complete.

Fellowship with God

Now this is the message we have heard from Him and declare to you: God is light, j and there is absolutely no darkness in Him. k If we say, “We have fellowship l with Him,” yet we * walk in darkness, m we are lying and are not practicing n the truth. o But if we walk in the light p as He Himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus q His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say, “We have no sin,” r we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive s us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say, “We don’t have any sin,” we make Him a liar, and His word t is not in us. u


About The Holman Christian Standard Bible

The complete Holman Christian Standard Bible® is now available for the first time ever! More than fifteen years in the making, crafted by the shared expertise of nearly a hundred conservative scholars and English stylists, the Holman CSB® sets the standard in painstaking biblical accuracy and pure literary form.

Accurate, yet highly readable, it's a translation committed to leaving both the grace and gravity of the original languages intact while carefully creating a smooth flow of wording for the reader.

Stylistically, this inaugural edition contributes to the clarity of the written Word, arranging the poetic portions of the Scripture into complete lines of thought, and revering God's presence on each page by capitalizing all the pronouns that refer to Him.

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