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19 For even though they were once a part of us, they withdrew from us because they were never really of our number. For if they had truly belonged to us they would have continued with us.[a] By leaving our community of believers they made it obvious that they never really belonged to us.[b]

20 But the Holy One has anointed you and you all know the truth.[c] 21 So I’m writing you not because you don’t know the truth, but because you do know it, and no lie belongs to the truth.[d]

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  1. 1 John 2:19 The Aramaic can be translated “they would have clung to us” or “remained tied to us.”
  2. 1 John 2:19 Or “all of them do not belong to us.” Apparently they were not thrown out of the church or excommunicated but left of their own accord. See also 1 John 4:5.
  3. 1 John 2:20 Or “you [have the capacity to] know all things.”
  4. 1 John 2:21 Jesus is the new reality and the truth. See John 14:6.

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