1 John 1:6
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New International Version
If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth.

New Living Translation
So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness; we are not practicing the truth.

English Standard Version
If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.

New American Standard Bible
If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth;

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

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If we say, "We have fellowship with Him," yet we walk in darkness, we are lying and are not practicing the truth.

International Standard Version
If we claim that we have fellowship with him but keep living in darkness, we are lying and not practicing the truth.

NET Bible
If we say we have fellowship with him and yet keep on walking in the darkness, we are lying and not practicing the truth.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And if we say that we have communion with him and we walk in darkness, we are lying, and we are not informed of the truth.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If we say, "We have a relationship with God" and yet live in the dark, we're lying. We aren't being truthful.

Jubilee Bible 2000
If we say that we have fellowship with him and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth;

King James 2000 Bible
If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:

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

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

Douay-Rheims Bible
If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth.

Darby Bible Translation
If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not practise the truth.

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

Webster's Bible Translation
If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:

Weymouth New Testament
If, while we are living in darkness, we profess to have fellowship with Him, we speak falsely and are not adhering to the truth.

World English Bible
If we say that we have fellowship with him and walk in the darkness, we lie, and don't tell the truth.

Young's Literal Translation
if we may say -- 'we have fellowship with Him,' and in the darkness may walk -- we lie, and do not the truth;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

1:5-10 A message from the Lord Jesus, the Word of life, the eternal Word, we should all gladly receive. The great God should be represented to this dark world, as pure and perfect light. As this is the nature of God, his doctrines and precepts must be such. And as his perfect happiness cannot be separated from his perfect holiness, so our happiness will be in proportion to our being made holy. To walk in darkness, is to live and act against religion. God holds no heavenly fellowship or intercourse with unholy souls. There is no truth in their profession; their practice shows its folly and falsehood. The eternal Life, the eternal Son, put on flesh and blood, and died to wash us from our sins in his own blood, and procures for us the sacred influences by which sin is to be subdued more and more, till it is quite done away. While the necessity of a holy walk is insisted upon, as the effect and evidence of the knowledge of God in Christ Jesus, the opposite error of self-righteous pride is guarded against with equal care. All who walk near to God, in holiness and righteousness, are sensible that their best days and duties are mixed with sin. God has given testimony to the sinfulness of the world, by providing a sufficient, effectual Sacrifice for sin, needed in all ages; and the sinfulness of believers themselves is shown, by requiring them continually to confess their sins, and to apply by faith to the blood of that Sacrifice. Let us plead guilty before God, be humble, and willing to know the worst of our case. Let us honestly confess all our sins in their full extent, relying wholly on his mercy and truth through the righteousness of Christ, for a free and full forgiveness, and our deliverance from the power and practice of sin.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 6. - A corollary from verse 5. If God is Light to the exclusion of all darkness, then fellowship with darkness excludes fellowship with him. If we say ἐὰν εἴπωμεν; "if any of us, no matter who he be, at any time say." The construction marks the supposed action as one likely to occur. The apostle includes himself in the possibility, and of course he and his readers did say that they had communion with God. By" walking" περιπατεῖν ´ερσαρι is meant our daily life, our movement and activity in the world (John 8:12; John 11:9, 10; John 12:35; John 21:18; Revelation 21:24); this activity will inevitably express the κοινωνία in which we live. To have communion with him who is Light, and be continually exhibiting a life of darkness, is impossible. The Carpocratians and other Gnostics, who taught that to the enlightened all action is indifferent, because neither purity nor filth can change the nature of pure gold, are perhaps here aimed at (Mansel, 'Gnostic Heresies,' pages 117-121). We lie, and do not the truth. As in verse 5, St. John enforces a statement by denying the opposite. But the negative is not a mere equivalent of the positive: the two together mean, "we are false both in word and deed." Truth with St. John is not confined to language; it is exhibited in conduct also (cf. ποιεῖν ψεῦδος, Revelation 21:27; Revelation 22:15).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

If we say that we have fellowship with him,.... The Alexandrian copy reads, "for if we say": that is, if any profess to be partakers of the divine nature, to be like unto God, and to have communion with him, to have the light of his countenance, and the discoveries of his love:

and walk in darkness; in the darkness of sin, ignorance, and unbelief, or are in a state of unregeneracy and blindness; whose understandings are darkened, and they know not God in Christ, nor have any true sight and sense of themselves, their sin and danger; and are ignorant of Christ and his righteousness, and the way of salvation by him; and are strangers to the Spirit of God, and the work of his grace; and are unacquainted with the truths of the Gospel; and not only so, but go on in darkness more and more; prefer it to the light, love it, and the works of it; have fellowship with them, and choose them; take pleasure in the ways of sin and wickedness, and continue, and walk on in them; if such persons pretend to fellowship with God, they are liars:

we lie; it cannot be, it is a contradiction, the thing is impossible and impracticable; what communion hath light with darkness? or what fellowship can the throne of iniquity, or those in whom sin reigns, have with God? for God is light, and were they partakers of him, or like unto him, or had communion with him, they would consequently be in the light, and not in darkness, and much less walk in it; wherefore they are liars,

and do not the truth: they do not say the truth, nor act according to it; they do not act uprightly or sincerely, but are hypocrites, and pretend to that which they have not; and if they did the truth, they would come to the light, and not walk in darkness; see John 3:21.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

6. say—profess.

have fellowship with him—(1Jo 1:3). The essence of the Christian life.

walk—in inward and outward action, whithersoever we turn ourselves [Bengel].

in darkness—Greek, "in the darkness"; opposed to "the light" (compare 1Jo 2:8, 11).

lie—(1Jo 2:4).

do not—in practice, whatever we say.

the truth—(Eph 4:21; Joh 3:21).

1 John 1:6 Additional Commentaries
Context
Walking in the Light
5This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. 6If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; 7but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.…
Cross References
John 3:21
But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.

John 8:12
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."

John 8:55
Though you do not know him, I know him. If I said I did not, I would be a liar like you, but I do know him and obey his word.

John 12:35
Then Jesus told them, "You are going to have the light just a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, before darkness overtakes you. Whoever walks in the dark does not know where they are going.

2 Corinthians 6:14
Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?

1 John 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.

1 John 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.

1 John 4:20
Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen.
Treasury of Scripture

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

If.

1 John 1:8,10 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth …

1 John 2:4 He that said, I know him, and keeps not his commandments, is a liar, …

1 John 4:20 If a man say, I love God, and hates his brother, he is a liar: for …

Matthew 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied …

James 2:14,16,18 What does it profit, my brothers, though a man say he has faith, …

Revelation 3:17,18 Because you say, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need …

fellowship. See on ver.

1 John 1:3 That which we have seen and heard declare we to you, that you also …

Psalm 5:4-6 For you are not a God that has pleasure in wickedness: neither shall …

Psalm 94:20 Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with you, which frames …

2 Corinthians 6:14-16 Be you not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship …

walk.

1 John 2:9-11 He that said he is in the light, and hates his brother, is in darkness …

Psalm 82:5 They know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in darkness: …

Proverbs 2:13 Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness;

Proverbs 4:18,19 But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shines more …

John 3:19,20 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, …

John 11:10 But if a man walk in the night, he stumbles, because there is no light in him.

John 12:35,46 Then Jesus said to them, Yet a little while is the light with you. …

we lie.

1 John 1:10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word …

1 John 4:20 If a man say, I love God, and hates his brother, he is a liar: for …

John 8:44,45 You are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father you …

1 Timothy 4:2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;

do not.

John 3:21 But he that does truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be …

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