that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is (A)with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ. And these things we write to you (B)that [a]your joy may be full.

Fellowship with Him and One Another

(C)This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that (D)God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. (E)If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we (F)walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and (G)the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.

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  1. 1 John 1:4 NU, M our

what we have (A)seen and (B)heard we proclaim to you also, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our (C)fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ. (D)These things we write, so that our (E)joy may be made complete.

God Is Light

(F)This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that (G)God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. (H)If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we (I)lie and (J)do not practice the truth; but if we (K)walk in the Light as (L)He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and (M)the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.

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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]. If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness [of sin], we lie and do not practice the truth; but if we [really] walk in the Light [that is, live each and every day in conformity with the precepts of God], as He Himself is in the Light, we have [true, unbroken] fellowship with one another [He with us, and we with Him], and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin [by erasing the stain of sin, keeping us cleansed from sin in all its forms and manifestations].

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We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard,(A) so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.(B) We write this(C) to make our[a] joy complete.(D)

Light and Darkness, Sin and Forgiveness

This is the message we have heard(E) from him and declare to you: God is light;(F) in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness,(G) we lie and do not live out the truth.(H) But if we walk in the light,(I) as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all[b] sin.(J)

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  1. 1 John 1:4 Some manuscripts your
  2. 1 John 1:7 Or every

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.

If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

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Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to (A)the Father of spirits and live?

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Furthermore, we had [a]earthly fathers to discipline us, and we (A)respected them; shall we not much more be subject to (B)the Father of [b]spirits, and (C)live?

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  1. Hebrews 12:9 Lit fathers of our flesh
  2. Hebrews 12:9 Or our spirits

Moreover, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us, and we submitted and respected them [for training us]; shall we not much more willingly submit to the Father of [a]spirits, and live [by learning from His discipline]?

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  1. Hebrews 12:9 The meaning seems to be that God is the Father of that which is spiritual as well as that which is physical.

Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits(A) and live!(B)

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Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?

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