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1 John 5

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Book  First Epistle of John
Order in the Bible part  23
Bible part  New Testament
Category  General epistles
1 John 5

1 John 5 is the fifth and the last chapter of the First Epistle of John in the New Testament of the Christian Bible. The epistle is traditionally attributed to John the Apostle.



  • The original text is written in Koine Greek.
  • Some of the oldest manuscripts containing this chapter are:
  • Papyrus 9 (3rd century; extant: verses 11-12, 14-17).
  • Codex Vaticanus (AD 325-350)
  • Codex Sinaiticus (AD 330-360)
  • Codex Alexandrinus (ca. AD 400-440)
  • Papyrus 74 (7th century; extant: verses 3-4,9-10,17)
  • This chapter is divided into 21 verses.
  • Structure

    This chapter can be grouped (with cross references to other parts of the Bible):

  • 1 John 5:1-5 = Obedience by Faith
  • 1 John 5:6-13 = The Certainty of God’s Witness
  • 1 John 5:14-17 = Confidence and Compassion in Prayer
  • 1 John 5:18-21 = Knowing the True—Rejecting the False
  • Verse 1

    From the New King James Version:

    Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves Him who begot also loves him who is begotten of Him.

    Verse 6

    From the New King James Version:

    This is He who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ; not only by water, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who bears witness, because the Spirit is truth.

    Verse 7

    From the New King James Version:

    For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one.

    Textus Receptus (Stephens, 1550)

    ὅτι τρεῖς εἰσιν οἱ μαρτυροῦντες εν τῷ οὐρανῷ, ὁ πατήρ, ὁ λόγος, καὶ τὸ Ἅγιον Πνεῦμα· καὶ οὗτοι οἱ τρεῖς ἕν εἰσιν


    hoti treis eisin hoi marturountes en tō ouranō ho patēr ho logos kai to hagion pneuma kai houtoi hoi treis en eisin

    Verse 8

    From the New King James Version:

    And there are three that bear witness on earth: the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and these three agree as one.

    Verse 11

    From the New King James Version:

    And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.

    Verse 12

    New King James Version:

    He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.

    Verse 20

    New King James Version:

    And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.

    Source of one of the names and titles of Jesus in the New Testament as "Son of God".


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