What Was Heard, Seen, and Touched(A)

That (B)which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have (C)seen with our eyes, (D)which we have looked upon, and (E)our hands have handled, concerning the (F)Word of life— (G)the life (H)was manifested, and we have seen, (I)and bear witness, and declare to you that eternal life which was (J)with the Father and was manifested to us— that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is (K)with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ. And these things we write to you (L)that [a]your joy may be full.

Fellowship with Him and One Another

(M)This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that (N)God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.

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  1. 1 John 1:4 NU, M our

The Incarnate Word

What was (A)from the beginning, what we have (B)heard, what we have (C)seen with our eyes, what we (D)have looked at and (E)touched with our hands, concerning the (F)Word of Life— and (G)the life was revealed, and we have (H)seen and (I)testify and proclaim to you (J)the eternal life, which was (K)with the Father and was (L)revealed to us— what we have (M)seen and (N)heard we proclaim to you also, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our (O)fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ. (P)These things we write, so that our (Q)joy may be made complete.

God Is Light

(R)This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that (S)God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.

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Introduction, The Incarnate Word

[I am writing about] what existed from the beginning, what [a]we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the Word of Life [the One who existed even before the beginning of the world, Christ]— and the Life [an aspect of His being] was manifested, and we have seen [it as eyewitnesses] and testify and declare to you [the Life], the eternal Life who was [already existing] with the Father and was [actually] made visible to us [His followers]— what we have seen and heard we also proclaim to you, so that you too may have fellowship [as partners] with us. And indeed our fellowship [which is a distinguishing mark of born-again believers] is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ. We are writing these things to you so that our joy [in seeing you included] may be made complete [by having you share in the joy of salvation].

God Is Light

This is the message [of God’s promised revelation] which we have heard from Him and now announce to you, that God is Light [He is holy, His message is truthful, He is perfect in righteousness], and in Him there is no darkness at all [no sin, no wickedness, no imperfection].

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  1. 1 John 1:1 John the Apostle wrote the Gospel of John, this letter along with two others, and the book of Revelation. He and his brother James (also an apostle) were the sons of Zebedee and Salome.

The Incarnation of the Word of Life

That which was from the beginning,(A) which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes,(B) which we have looked at and our hands have touched(C)—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. The life appeared;(D) we have seen it and testify to it,(E) and we proclaim to you the eternal life,(F) which was with the Father and has appeared to us. We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard,(G) so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.(H) We write this(I) to make our[a] joy complete.(J)

Light and Darkness, Sin and Forgiveness

This is the message we have heard(K) from him and declare to you: God is light;(L) in him there is no darkness at all.

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  1. 1 John 1:4 Some manuscripts your

That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;

(For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)

That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.

And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.

This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

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This man came for a (A)witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might (B)believe.

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[a]He came [b](A)as a witness, to testify about the Light, (B)so that all might believe through him.

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  1. John 1:7 Lit This one
  2. John 1:7 Lit for testimony

This man came as a witness, to testify about the Light, so that all might believe [in Christ, the Light] through him.

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He came as a witness to testify(A) concerning that light, so that through him all might believe.(B)

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The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.

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(A)That[a] was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world.

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  1. John 1:9 Or That was the true Light which, coming into the world, gives light to every man.

[a]This was (A)the true Light [b]that, coming into the world, enlightens every person.

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  1. John 1:9 I.e., the Word, Christ
  2. John 1:9 Or that enlightens every person coming into the world

There it was—the true Light [the genuine, perfect, steadfast Light] which, coming into the world, enlightens everyone.(A)

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The true light(A) that gives light to everyone(B) was coming into the world.

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That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.

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10 if you obey the voice of the Lord your God, to keep His commandments and His statutes which are written in this Book of the Law, and if you turn to the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.

The Choice of Life or Death

11 “For this commandment which I command you today (A)is [a]not too mysterious for you, nor is it far off. 12 (B)It is not in heaven, that you should say, ‘Who will ascend into heaven for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?’ 13 Nor is it beyond the sea, that you should say, ‘Who will go over the sea for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?’ 14 But the word is very near you, (C)in your mouth and in your heart, that you may do it.

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  1. Deuteronomy 30:11 not hidden from

10 [a]if you [b]obey the Lord your God, to keep His commandments and His statutes which (A)are written in this Book of the Law, [c]if you turn to the Lord your God (B)with all your heart and soul.

11 “For this commandment which I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you, nor is it far away. 12 It is not in heaven, [d]that you could say, ‘(C)Who will go up to heaven for us and get it for us, and proclaim it to us, so that we may [e]follow it?’ 13 Nor is it beyond the sea, [f]that you could say, ‘Who will cross the sea for us and get it for us and proclaim it to us, so that we may [g]follow it?’ 14 On the contrary, the word is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart, that you may [h]follow it.

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  1. Deuteronomy 30:10 Or for you will
  2. Deuteronomy 30:10 Lit listen to the voice of
  3. Deuteronomy 30:10 Or for you will
  4. Deuteronomy 30:12 Lit to say
  5. Deuteronomy 30:12 Lit perform
  6. Deuteronomy 30:13 Lit to say
  7. Deuteronomy 30:13 Lit perform
  8. Deuteronomy 30:14 Lit perform

10 if you listen to and obey the voice of the Lord your God to keep His commandments and His statutes which are written in this Book of the Law, and if you turn to the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul (your entire being).

11 “For this commandment which I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you, nor is it [a]out of reach. 12 It is not [a secret hidden] in heaven, that you should say, ‘Who will go up to heaven for us and bring it to us, so that we may hear it and obey it?’ 13 Nor is it beyond the sea, that you should say, ‘Who will cross the sea for us and bring it to us, so that we may hear it and obey it?’ 14 But the word is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart, so that you may obey it.

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  1. Deuteronomy 30:11 Lit far off.

10 if you obey the Lord your God and keep his commands and decrees that are written in this Book of the Law(A) and turn to the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.(B)

The Offer of Life or Death

11 Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach.(C) 12 It is not up in heaven, so that you have to ask, “Who will ascend into heaven(D) to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?”(E) 13 Nor is it beyond the sea,(F) so that you have to ask, “Who will cross the sea to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?”(G) 14 No, the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey it.(H)

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10 If thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to keep his commandments and his statutes which are written in this book of the law, and if thou turn unto the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul.

11 For this commandment which I command thee this day, it is not hidden from thee, neither is it far off.

12 It is not in heaven, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it?

13 Neither is it beyond the sea, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go over the sea for us, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it?

14 But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it.

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