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1 John 2 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 2:1 - My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 2:2 - He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.

Love and Hatred for Fellow Believers

Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 2:3 - We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands.
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 2:4 - Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person.
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 2:5 - But if anyone obeys his word, love for God[fn] is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him:
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 2:6 - Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 2:7 - Dear friends, I am not writing you a new command but an old one, which you have had since the beginning. This old command is the message you have heard.
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 2:8 - Yet I am writing you a new command; its truth is seen in him and in you, because the darkness is passing and the true light is already shining.
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 2:9 - Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates a brother or sister[fn] is still in the darkness.
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 2:10 - Anyone who loves their brother and sister[fn] lives in the light, and there is nothing in them to make them stumble.
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 2:11 - But anyone who hates a brother or sister is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness. They do not know where they are going, because the darkness has blinded them.

Reasons for Writing

Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 2:12 - I am writing to you, dear children, because your sins have been forgiven on account of his name.
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 2:13 - I am writing to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning. I am writing to you, young men, because you have overcome the evil one.
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 2:14 - I write to you, dear children, because you know the Father. I write to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God lives in you, and you have overcome the evil one.

On Not Loving the World

Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 2:15 - Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father[fn] is not in them.
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 2:16 - For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world.
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 2:17 - The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.

Warnings Against Denying the Son

Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 2:18 - Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour.
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 2:19 - They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us; but their going showed that none of them belonged to us.
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 2:20 - But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth.[fn]
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 2:21 - I do not write to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it and because no lie comes from the truth.
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 2:22 - Who is the liar? It is whoever denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a person is the antichrist—denying the Father and the Son.
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 2:23 - No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also.
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 2:24 - As for you, see that what you have heard from the beginning remains in you. If it does, you also will remain in the Son and in the Father.
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 2:25 - And this is what he promised us—eternal life.
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 2:26 - I am writing these things to you about those who are trying to lead you astray.
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 2:27 - As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit—just as it has taught you, remain in him.

God’s Children and Sin

Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 2:28 - And now, dear children, continue in him, so that when he appears we may be confident and unashamed before him at his coming.
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 2:29 - If you know that he is righteous, you know that everyone who does what is right has been born of him.
NIV Footnotes
Or word, God’s love
The Greek word for brother or sister (adelphos) refers here to a believer, whether man or woman, as part of God’s family; also in verse 11; and in 3:15, 17; 4:20; 5:16.
The Greek word for brother and sister (adelphos) refers here to a believer, whether man or woman, as part of God’s family; also in 3:10; 4:20, 21.
Or world, the Father’s love
Some manuscripts and you know all things

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