This is the one who came by water and blood(A)—Jesus Christ. He did not come by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth.(B) For there are three(C) that testify: the[a] Spirit, the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement. We accept human testimony,(D) but God’s testimony is greater because it is the testimony of God,(E) which he has given about his Son. 10 Whoever believes in the Son of God accepts this testimony.(F) Whoever does not believe God has made him out to be a liar,(G) because they have not believed the testimony God has given about his Son. 11 And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life,(H) and this life is in his Son.(I) 12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.(J)

Concluding Affirmations

13 I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God(K) so that you may know that you have eternal life.(L)

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Footnotes

  1. 1 John 5:8 Late manuscripts of the Vulgate testify in heaven: the Father, the Word and the Holy Spirit, and these three are one. And there are three that testify on earth: the (not found in any Greek manuscript before the fourteenth century)