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1 John 2

 

 

Introduction
1He comforts them against the sins of infirmity.
3Rightly to know God is to keep his commandments;
9to love our brethren;
15and not to love the world.
18We must beware of seducers;
20from whose deceits the godly are safe, preserved by perseverance in faith, and holiness of life.

Verse 1
My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:
little
12,13; 3:7,18; 4:4; 5:21; John 13:33; 21:5; 1 Corinthians 4:14,15; Galatians 4:19
these
1:3,4; 1 Timothy 3:14
that
Psalms 4:4; Ezekiel 3:21; John 5:14; 8:11; Romans 6:1,2,15; 1 Corinthians 15:34; Ephesians 4:26; Titus 2:11-13; 1 Peter 1:15-19; 4:1-3
And if
1:8-10
we have
Romans 8:34; 1 Timothy 2:5; Hebrews 7:24,25; 9:24
Father
Luke 10:22; John 5:19-26,36; 6:27; 10:15; 14:6; Ephesians 2:18; James 1:27; 3:9
the righteous
29; 3:5; Zechariah 9:9; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 7:26; 1 Peter 2:22; 3:18

Verse 2
And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
he is
1:7; 4:10; Romans 3:25,26; 1 Peter 2:24; 3:18
for the
4:14; 5:19; John 1:29; 4:42; 11:51,52; 2 Corinthians 5:18-21; Revelation 12:9

Verse 3
And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.
hereby
4-6; 3:14,19; 4:13; 5:19
we know
Isaiah 53:11; *Heb: ; John 17:3; 2 Corinthians 4:6
if we
3:22,23; 5:3; Psalms 119:6,32; Luke 6:46; John 14:15,21-24; 15:10,14; 1 Thessalonians 4:1,2; Hebrews 5:9; Revelation 22:14

Verse 4
He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
that saith
9; 1:6,8,10; 4:20; James 2:14-16
I know
Hosea 8:2,3; Titus 1:16
is a
1:6,8

Verse 5
But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.
whoso
3,4; Psalms 105:45; 106:3; 119:2,4,146; Proverbs 8:32; 28:7; Ecclesiastes 8:5; Ezekiel 36:27; Luke 11:28; John 14:21,23; Revelation 12:17; 14:12
in him
4:12,18; James 2:22
hereby
27,28; 3:24; 4:13,15,16; 5:20; John 6:56; 15:5; Romans 8:1; 1 Corinthians 1:30; 2 Corinthians 5:17,21; Colossians 2:9,10

Verse 6
He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.
that saith
4; 1:6
he
28; 3:6; John 15:4-6
to walk
1:7; Psalms 85:13; Matthew 11:29; John 13:15; 1 Corinthians 11:1; Ephesians 5:2; 1 Peter 2:21

Verse 7
Brethren, I write no new commandment unto you, but an old commandment which ye had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which ye have heard from the beginning.
I write
3:11; Acts 17:19; 2 John 1:5
but
Leviticus 19:18,34; Deuteronomy 6:5; Matthew 5:43; 22:37-40; Mark 12:29-34; Romans 13:8-10; Galatians 5:13,14; James 2:8-12

Verse 8
Again, a new commandment I write unto you, which thing is true in him and in you: because the darkness is past, and the true light now shineth.
a new
4:21; John 13:34; 15:12
which
3:14-16; 4:11; John 15:12-15; 2 Corinthians 8:9; Ephesians 5:1,2; 1 Peter 1:21; 4:1-3
the darkness
Song of Solomon 2:11,12; Isaiah 9:2; 60:1-3; Matthew 4:16; Luke 1:79; John 12:46; Acts 17:30; Acts 26:18; Romans 13:12; 2 Corinthians 4:4-6; Ephesians 5:8; 1 Thessalonians 5:5-8
and the
Psalms 27:1; 36:9; 84:11; Malachi 4:2; John 1:4,5,9; 8:12; 12:35; 2 Timothy 1:10

Verse 9
He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now.
that saith
4
he is
1:6; John 9:41; Romans 2:18-21
and hateth
3:13-17
is in
11; Psalms 82:5; 1 Corinthians 13:1-3; 2 Peter 1:9

Verse 10
He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him.
that loveth
3:14; Hosea 6:3; John 8:31; Romans 14:13; 2 Peter 1:10
occasion of stumbling
Gr. scandal.
Matthew 13:21; 18:7; Luke 17:1,2; Romans 9:32,33; Philippians 1:10

Verse 11
But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes.
he that
9; John 12:35; Titus 3:3
and walketh
Proverbs 4:19; John 12:35
because
John 12:40; 2 Corinthians 3:14; 4:4; Revelation 3:17

Verse 12
I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name's sake.
write
7,13,14,21; 1:4
little
1
your
1:7,9; Psalms 32:1,2; Luke 5:20; 7:47-50; 24:47; Acts 4:12; 10:43; 13:38; Romans 4:6,7; Ephesians 1:7; Colossians 1:14
for
Psalms 25:11; 106:8; Jeremiah 14:7; Ephesians 4:32

Verse 13
I write unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome the wicked one. I write unto you, little children, because ye have known the Father.
fathers
14; 1 Timothy 5:1
because
3,4; 5:20; Psalms 91:14; Luke 10:22; John 8:19; 14:7; 17:3
him that
1:1; Psalms 90:2
young
14; Psalms 148:12; Proverbs 20:29; Joel 2:28; Zechariah 9:17; Titus 2:6
because
4:4; 5:4,5; Ephesians 6:10-12; 1 Peter 5:8,9
the wicked
3:12; 5:18; Matthew 13:19,38
little
1,12
ye have known
Matthew 11:27; Luke 10:22; John 8:54,55; 14:7,9; 16:3; 17:21; 2 Corinthians 4:6

Verse 14
I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one.
fathers
13
because ye are
Ephesians 6:10; Philippians 4:13; Colossians 1:11; 2 Timothy 2:1
the word
Psalms 119:11; John 5:38; 8:31; 15:7; Colossians 3:16; Hebrews 8:10; 2 John 1:2; 3 John 1:3
ye have overcome
Revelation 2:7-3

Verse 15
Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
Love not
4:5; 5:4,5,10; John 15:19; Romans 12:2; Galatians 1:10; Ephesians 2:2; Colossians 3:1,2; 1 Timothy 6:10
If
Matthew 6:24; Luke 16:13; James 4:4
the love
3:17

Verse 16
For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
the lust of the flesh
Numbers 11:4,34; Psalms 78:18,30; Proverbs 6:25; Matthew 5:28; Romans 13:14; 1 Corinthians 10:6; Galatians 5:17,24; Ephesians 2:3; Titus 2:12; 3:3; 1 Peter 1:14; 2:11; 4:2,3; 4:2,3; 2 Peter 2:10,18; Jude 1:16-18
and the lust
Genesis 3:6; 6:2; Joshua 7:21; Job 31:1; Psalms 119:36,37; Ecclesiastes 5:10,11; Matthew 4:8; Luke 4:5
and the pride
Esther 1:3-7; Psalms 73:6; Daniel 4:30; Revelation 18:11-17
is not
James 3:15

Verse 17
And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
the world
Psalms 39:6; 73:18-20; 90:9; 102:26; Isaiah 40:6-8; Matthew 24:35; 1 Corinthians 7:31; James 1:10,11; 4:14; 1 Peter 1:24
but
Psalms 143:10; Matthew 7:21; 21:31; Mark 3:35; John 7:17; Romans 12:2; Colossians 1:9; 4:12; 1 Thessalonians 4:3; 5:18; Hebrews 10:36; 1 Peter 4:2
abideth
Psalms 125:1,2; Proverbs 10:25; John 4:14; 6:58; 10:28-30; 1 Peter 1:5,25

Verse 18
Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.
Little
John 21:5
it is
2 Timothy 3:1; Hebrews 1:2; 1 Peter 1:5,20; 2 Peter 3:3; Jude 1:18
ye have
4:3; Matthew 24:5,11,24; Mark 13:6,21,22; Acts 20:29,30; 2 Thessalonians 2:3-12; 1 Timothy 4:1-3; 2 Timothy 3:1-6; 4:3,4; 2 Peter 2:1
antichrist
22; 4:3; 2 John 1:7
whereby
1 Timothy 4:1; 2 Timothy 3:1

Verse 19
They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.
went out
Deuteronomy 13:13; Psalms 41:9; Matthew 13:20,21; Mark 4:5,6,16,17; Luke 8:13; John 15:2; Acts 15:24; 20:30; 2 Peter 2:20,21; Jude 1:19
for
Job 17:9; Psalms 37:28; 125:1,2; Jeremiah 32:38-40; Matthew 24:24; Mark 13:22; John 4:14; 6:37-39; 10:28-30; 2 Timothy 2:10,19; 1 Peter 1:2-5; Jude 1:1
they might
Romans 9:6; 11:5,6; 1 Corinthians 11:19; 2 Timothy 3:9; Hebrews 10:39

Verse 20
But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.
ye have
27; 4:13; Psalms 23:5; 45:7; 92:10; Isaiah 61:1; Luke 4:18; Acts 10:38; 2 Corinthians 1:21,22; Hebrews 1:9
the Holy
Psalms 16:10; 71:22; Isaiah 43:3; Mark 1:24; Luke 4:34; Acts 3:14; Revelation 3:7; 4:8
and ye
Proverbs 28:5; John 10:4,5; 14:26; 16:13; 1 Corinthians 2:15; Hebrews 8:11

Verse 21
I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth.
because ye know not
Proverbs 1:5; 9:8,9; Romans 15:14,15; 2 Peter 1:12

Verse 22
Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.
Who
4; 1:6; 4:20; John 8:44; Revelation 3:9
he that
23; 4:3; 1 Corinthians 12:2,3; 2 John 1:7; Jude 1:4
He is
18

Verse 23
Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.
denieth
22; 4:15; Matthew 11:27; Luke 10:22; John 5:23; 8:19; 10:30; 14:9,10; 15:23,24; 2 John 1:9-11

Verse 24
Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father.
abide
Psalms 119:11; Proverbs 23:23; Luke 9:44; John 15:7; Colossians 3:16; Hebrews 2:1; 3:14; 2 John 1:2; 3 John 1:3; Revelation 3:3,11
which
7; Luke 1:2; John 8:25; Philippians 4:15; 2 John 1:5,6
ye also
1:3,7; 4:13,16; John 14:23; 15:9,10; 17:21-24

Verse 25
And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life.
1:2; 5:11-13,20; Daniel 12:2; Luke 18:30; John 5:39; 6:27,47,54,68; 10:28; John 12:50; 17:2,3; Romans 2:7; 5:21; 6:23; Galatians 6:8; 1 Timothy 1:16; 6:12,19; Titus 1:2; 3:7; Jude 1:21

Verse 26
These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you.
concerning
3:7; Proverbs 12:26; Ezekiel 13:10; Mark 13:22; Acts 20:29,30; 2 Corinthians 11:13-15; Colossians 2:8,18; 1 Timothy 4:1; 2 Timothy 3:13; 2 Peter 2:1-3; 2 John 1:7

Verse 27
But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.
the anointing
20; 3:24; John 4:14; 1 Peter 1:23; 2 John 1:2
and ye
20,21; Jeremiah 31:33,34; John 14:26; 16:13; Hebrews 8:10,11
but
1 Corinthians 2:13; Ephesians 4:21; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 1 Timothy 2:7; 2 Peter 1:16,17
ye shall
28; John 8:31,32; 15:4-7; Colossians 2:6
him
or, it.

Verse 28
And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.
little
1
when
3:2; Mark 8:38; Colossians 3:4; 1 Timothy 6:14; 2 Timothy 4:8; Titus 2:13; Hebrews 9:28; 1 Peter 1:7; 5:4; Revelation 1:7
have
3:21; 4:17; Isaiah 25:9; 45:17; Romans 9:33
at his
Malachi 3:2; 4:5; 1 Corinthians 1:7; 15:23; 1 Thessalonians 3:13; 5:23; 2 Peter 3:4-12

Verse 29
If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him.
he is
1; 3:5; Zechariah 9:9; Acts 3:14; 22:14; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 1:8,9; 7:2,26; 1 Peter 3:18
ye know
or, know ye. that every.
3:7,10; Jeremiah 13:23; Matthew 7:16-18; Acts 10:35; Titus 2:12-14
is born
3:9; 4:7; 5:1; John 1:13; 3:3-5; James 1:18; 1 Peter 1:3,23; 2 Peter 1:4

 


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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on 1 John 2:4". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/1-john-2.html.

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