(A)If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we (B)lie and (C)do not practice the truth; but if we (D)walk in the Light as (E)He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and (F)the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.

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(A)If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the (B)truth is not in us. (C)If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous, so that He will forgive us our sins and (D)cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 (E)If we say that we have not sinned, we (F)make Him a liar and (G)His word is not in us.

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(A)By this we know that we have come to (B)know Him, if we (C)keep His commandments. The one who says, “(D)I have come to (E)know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a (F)liar, and (G)the truth is not in him;

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but whoever (A)follows His word, in him the (B)love of God has truly been perfected. (C)By this we know that we are in Him: the one who says that he (D)remains in Him (E)ought, himself also, walk just as He walked.

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The one who says that he is in the Light and yet (A)hates his (B)brother or sister is in the darkness until now. 10 (C)The one who loves his brother and sister remains in the Light, and there is nothing in him to cause stumbling. 11 But the one who (D)hates his brother or sister is in the darkness and (E)walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going because the darkness has (F)blinded his eyes.

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Do Not Love the World

15 Do not love (A)the world nor the things in the world. (B)If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

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17 (A)The world is passing away and also its lusts; but the one who (B)does the will of God continues to live forever.

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19 (A)They went out from us, but they were not really of us; for if they had been of us, they would have remained with us; but they went out, (B)so that [a]it would be evident that they all are not of us.

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  1. 1 John 2:19 Lit they would be revealed

23 (A)Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father; the one who confesses the Son has the Father also.

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24 As for you, see that what you heard (A)from the beginning remains in you. If what you heard from the beginning remains in you, you also (B)will remain in the Son and in the Father.

The Promise Is Eternal Life

25 (C)This is the promise which He Himself [a]made to us: eternal life.

26 These things I have written to you concerning those who are trying to (D)deceive you. 27 And as for you, the (E)anointing which you received from Him remains in you, and you have no need for anyone to teach you; but as His anointing (F)teaches you about all things, and is (G)true and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, [b]you remain in Him.

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  1. 1 John 2:25 Lit promised us
  2. 1 John 2:27 Or remain in Him (a command)

29 If you know that (A)He is righteous, you know that everyone who practices righteousness also (B)has been born of Him.

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And everyone who has this (A)hope set on Him (B)purifies himself, just as He is pure.

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Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; and (A)sin is lawlessness. You know that He (B)appeared in order to (C)take away sins; and (D)in Him there is no sin. No one who remains in Him (E)sins continually; no one who sins continually has seen Him or [a](F)knows Him.

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  1. 1 John 3:6 Or has known

the one who practices sin is (A)of the devil; for the devil [a]has been sinning from the beginning. (B)The Son of God (C)appeared for this purpose, (D)to destroy the works of the devil. No one who has been (E)born of God practices sin, because His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin continually, because he has been born of God.

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  1. 1 John 3:8 Lit sins

10 By this the (A)children of God and the (B)children of the devil are obvious: [a]anyone who does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor the one who (C)does not love his (D)brother and sister.

11 (E)For this is the message (F)which you have heard from the beginning, (G)that we are to love one another; 12 not as (H)Cain, who was of (I)the evil one and murdered his brother. And for what reason did he murder him? Because (J)his own deeds were evil, but his brother’s were righteous.

13 Do not be surprised, brothers and sisters, if (K)the world hates you.

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  1. 1 John 3:10 Lit everyone

14 We know that we have (A)passed out of death into life, (B)because we love the brothers and sisters. The one who does not love remains in death. 15 Everyone who (C)hates his brother or sister is a murderer, and you know that (D)no murderer has eternal life remaining in him.

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16 We know love by this, that (A)He laid down His life for us; and (B)we ought to lay down our lives for the (C)brothers and sisters.

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17 But (A)whoever has worldly goods and sees his brother or sister in need, and (B)closes his [a]heart [b]against him, (C)how does the love of God remain in him? 18 (D)Little children, let’s not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and (E)truth. 19 We will know by this that we are (F)of the truth, and will set our heart at ease before Him,

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  1. 1 John 3:17 Lit inward parts
  2. 1 John 3:17 Lit from

24 The one who (A)keeps His commandments (B)remains in Him, and He in him. (C)We know by this that (D)He remains in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us.

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