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1 John 2:9

    1 John 2:9 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    He that said he is in the light, and hates his brother, is in darkness even until now.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    He that saith he is in the light and hateth his brother, is in the darkness even until now.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    He who says that he is in the light, and has hate in his heart for his brother, is still in the dark.

    Webster's Revision

    He that saith he is in the light and hateth his brother, is in the darkness even until now.

    World English Bible

    He who says he is in the light and hates his brother, is in the darkness even until now.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in the darkness even until now.

    Clarke's Commentary on 1 John 2:9

    He that saith he is in the light - He that professes to be a convert to Christianity, even in the lowest degree; and hateth his brother - not only does not love him, but wills and does him evil, as the Jews did the Gentiles; is in darkness - has received no saving knowledge of the truth; and, whatever he may pretend, is in heathen ignorance, or even worse than heathen ignorance, to the present time, notwithstanding the clear shining of the light of the Gospel.

    Barnes' Notes on 1 John 2:9

    He that saith he is in the light - That he has true religion, or is a Christian. See 1 John 1:7.

    And hateth his brother - The word "brother" seems here to refer to those who professed the same religion. The word is indeed sometimes used in a larger sense, but the reference here appears to be to that which is properly brotherly love among Christians. Compare Lucke, in loc.

    Is in darkness even until now - That is, he cannot have true religion unless he has love to the brethren. The command to love one another was one of the most solemn and earnest which Christ ever enjoined, John 15:17; he made it the special badge of discipleship, or that by which his followers were to be everywhere known, John 13:35; and it is, therefore, impossible to have any true religion without love to those who are sincerely and truly his followers. If a man has not that, he is in deep darkness, whatever else he may have, on the whole subject of religion. Compare the notes at 1 Thessalonians 4:9.

    Wesley's Notes on 1 John 2:9

    2:9 He that saith he is in the light - In Christ, united to him. And hateth his brother - The very name shows the love due to him. Is in darkness until now - Void of Christ, and of all true light.

    Verses Related to 1 John 2:9

    Proverbs 14:10 - The heart knoweth his own bitterness; and a stranger doth not intermeddle with his joy.
    Hebrews 12:15 - Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;
    Job 21:25 - And another dieth in the bitterness of his soul, and never eateth with pleasure.