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5 Everyone believing that Jesus is the Christ has been born from God,+ and everyone who loves the one that caused to be born loves him who has been born from that one.+ 2 By this we gain the knowledge that we are loving+ the children of God,+ when we are loving God and doing his commandments.+ 3 For this is what the love+ of God means, that we observe his commandments;+ and yet his commandments are not burdensome,+ 4 because everything that has been born+ from God conquers the world.+ And this is the conquest+ that has conquered+ the world, our faith.+ 5 Who is the one that conquers+ the world+ but he who has faith+ that Jesus is the Son of God?+ 6 This is he that came by means of water and blood, Jesus Christ; not with the water+ only, but with the water and with the blood.+ And the spirit+ is that which is bearing witness,* because the spirit is the truth. 7 For there are three witness bearers,* 8 the spirit+ and the water+ and the blood,+ and the three are in agreement.*+ 9 If we receive the witness men give,+ the witness God gives is greater, because this is the witness God gives, the fact that he has borne witness+ concerning his Son. 10 The [person] putting his faith in the Son of God has the witness+ given in his own case.* The [person] not having faith in God has made him a liar,+ because he has not put his faith in the witness given,+ which God as witness+ has given concerning his Son. 11 And this is the witness given, that God gave us everlasting life,+ and this life is in his Son.+ 12 He that has the Son has this life; he that does not have the Son of God does not have this life.+ 13 I write YOU these things that YOU may know that YOU have life everlasting,+ YOU who put YOUR faith in the name of the Son of God.+ 14 And this is the confidence* that we have toward him,+ that, no matter what it is that we ask according to his will, he hears us.+ 15 Further, if we know he hears us respecting whatever we are asking,+ we know we are to have the things asked since we have asked them of him.+ 16 If anyone catches sight of his brother sinning a sin that does not incur death,*+ he will* ask, and he* will give life to him,+ yes, to those not sinning so as to incur death.+ There is a sin that does incur death. It is concerning that sin that I do not tell him to make request.+ 17 All unrighteousness is sin;+ and yet there is a sin that does not incur death. 18 We know that every [person] that has been born from God+ does not practice sin, but the One+ born from God* watches him, and the wicked one does not fasten his hold on him.+ 19 We know we originate with God,+ but the whole world is lying in the [power of the] wicked one.+ 20 But we know that the Son of God has come,+ and he has given us intellectual+ capacity* that we may gain the knowledge of the true one.+ And we are in union+ with the true one, by means of his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true+ God and life everlasting.+ 21 Little children, guard yourselves from idols.+
^ “Is bearing witness.” Gr., mar·ty·roun′; Lat., te·sti·fi·ca′tur.
^ After “witness bearers” אABVgSyh,p omit the words added in later Gr. mss and Vgc, namely: “in heaven, the Father, the Word and the holy spirit; and these three are one. (8) And there are three witness bearers on earth.”
^ Lit., “the three [witness bearers] are into the one (thing).” Compare Joh 10:30 ftn. For a discussion of this vs, see App 6B.
^ Or, “in himself.”
^ Or, “this is the freeness of speech.”
^ Or, “a sin not to death.”
^ Or, “must.”
^ That is, God, according to context.
^ “The One born from God,” that is, Jesus Christ the Son of God, as in vs 1; א, “the one born from God (keeps himself)”; Vg, “the generation of God (keeps him).”
^ Lit., “mental perception.”