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Chapter 1


Update:  2024.01.23


1 John 1:1 (LIT/UBS4) One which (ho) was being (ēn) from (ap’) [the] beginning (archēs), of whom (ho) we have heard (akēkoamen), of whom (ho) the (tois) eyes (ophthalmois) of us (hēmōn) have gazed at (heōrakamen), of whom (ho) we made ourselves spectators (etheasametha), and (kai) the (hai) hands (cheires) of us (hēmōn) have felt (epsēlaphēsan), [was being] about (peri) the (tou) Word (logou) of the (tēs) Life (zōēs).


1 John 1:2 (LIT/UBS4) And (kai) the (hē) life (zōē) was manifested (ephanerōthē), and (kai) we have gazed at (heōrakamen) [the life, RE].


And (kai) we witness (marturoumen), and (kai) we report (apangellomen) to you (humin) the (tēn) life (zōēn), the (tēn) ageless (aiōnion) [life, RE], who (hētis) was being (ēn) toward (pros) the (ton) Father (patera), and (kai) [who, RE] was manifested (ephanerōthē) to us (hēmin).


(For the Word’s heavenly pre-existence as a spirit-based being see Prov. 8:22-31; Dan. 3:25-28; John 1:1-2, 14, 30, 3:13, 31, 6:33, 38, 41, 50-51, 58-62, 8:23-26, 58, 13:3, 16:27-30, 17:5-8, 24; Rom. 8:29; 1 Cor. 10:4, 9, 15:47; Gal. 4:1-5; Eph. 4:8-10, Phil. 2:6-7; Col. 1:15; Heb. 1:4-6, 3:2; 1 Pet. 1:20; 1 John 1:2; Rev. 3:14)


(For an outline of Jesus Christ’s accomplishments in his earthly agency to his heavenly Father, see the note under Mat. 3:17.)


1 John 1:3 (LIT/UBS4) That which (ho) we have gazed at (heōrakamen), and (kai) we have heard (akēkoamen), we report (apaggellomen) to you (humin) also (kai), in order that (hina) you (humeis) also (kai) may have (echēte) fellowship (koinōnian) with (meth) us (hemon)


And (kai) the (hē) fellowship (koinōnia), but (de) the (hē) one of ours (hēmetera), [is] with (meta) the (tou) Father (patros), and (kai) with (meta) the (tou) son (huiou) of him (autou), Jesus (Iēsou) Christ (Christou).


(For who has gazed at, and who has not gazed at, the God the Father, see John 1:18, 5:37, 6:46, 14:7-11, 15:23-25, 20:28-29; 1 John 1:3, 4:20-21; 3 John 1:11)


1 John 1:4 (LIT/UBS4) And (kai) these things (tauta) we (hēmeis) write (graphomen) in order that (hina) the (hē) joy (chara) of us (hēmōn) may be (ē) having been filled full (peplērōmenē) [sic]!


1 John 1:5 (LIT/UBS4) And (kai) this (hautē) is (estin) the (hē) message (angelia) which (hēn) we have heard (akēkoamen) from (ap’) him (autou) and (kai) we report up (anangellomen) to you (humin), that (hoti) the (ho) God (theos) is (estin) light (phōs), and (kai) there is (estin) absolutely not (ouk), absolutely not one (oudemia) dark (skotia) [thing, AE] in (en) him (autō)!! 


1 John 1:6 (LIT/UBS4) If perhaps (ean) we may enunciate (eipōmen) that (hoti) we have (echomen) fellowship (koinōnian) with (met’) him (autou) and (kai) we may walk around (peripatōmen) in (en) the (tō) darkness (skotei), we are caused to be false ones (pseudometha), and (kai) we absolutely do not do (ou poioumen) the (tēn) Truth (alētheian)!


1 John 1:7 (LIT/UBS4) But (de) if perhaps (ean) we may walk around (peripatōmen) in (en) the (tō) light (phōti), as (hōs) he (autos) is (estin) in (en) the (tō) light (phōti), we have (echomen) fellowship (koinōnian) with (met’) one another (allēlōn);


and (kai) the (to) blood (haima) of Jesus (Iēsou), the (tou) son (huiou) of him (autou), cleanses (katharizei) us (hēmas) from (apo) every (pasēs) sin (hamartias).


1 John 1:8 (LIT/UBS4) If perhaps (ean) we may enunciate (eipōmen) that (hoti) we absolutely do not have (ouk echomen) sin (hamartian), we ourselves (heautous) wander (planōmen), and (kai) the (hē) Truth (alētheia) is (estin) absolutely not (ouk) in (en) us (hēmin)!


1 John 1:9 (LIT/UBS4) If perhaps (ean) we may likewise confess (homologōmen) the (tas) sins (hamartias) of us (hēmōn), [the God, v5, RE] is (estin) [a] believable one (pistos) and (kai) [a] righteous one (dikaios);


in order that (hina) he may let go (aphē) to us (hēmin) the (tas) sins (hamartias) [of us, AE], and (kai) he may cleanse (katharisē) us (hēmas) from (apo) every (pasēs) unrighteous thing (adikias).


1 John 1:10 (LIT/UBS4) If perhaps (ean) we may enunciate (eipōmen) that (hoti) we have absolutely not (ouch) sinned (hēmartēkamen), we make (poioumen) him (auton) [a] false one (pseustēn), and (kai) the (ho) Word (logos) of him (autou) is (estin) absolutely not (ouk) in (en) us (hēmin)!