1 John 2:10
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New International Version
Anyone who loves their brother and sister lives in the light, and there is nothing in them to make them stumble.

New Living Translation
Anyone who loves another brother or sister is living in the light and does not cause others to stumble.

English Standard Version
Whoever loves his brother abides in the light, and in him there is no cause for stumbling.

New American Standard Bible
The one who loves his brother abides in the Light and there is no cause for stumbling in him.

King James Bible
He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The one who loves his brother remains in the light, and there is no cause for stumbling in him.

International Standard Version
The person who loves his brother abides in the light, and there is no reason for him to stumble.

NET Bible
The one who loves his fellow Christian resides in the light, and there is no cause for stumbling in him.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But he who loves his brother dwells in light and there is no violation in him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Those who love other believers live in the light. Nothing will destroy the faith of those who live in the light.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He that loves his brother abides in the light, and there is no occasion of stumbling in him.

King James 2000 Bible
He that loves his brother abides in the light, and there is no occasion of stumbling in him.

American King James Version
He that loves his brother stays in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him.

American Standard Version
He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is no occasion of stumbling in him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He that loveth his brother, abideth in the light, and there is no scandal in him.

Darby Bible Translation
He that loves his brother abides in light, and there is no occasion of stumbling in him.

English Revised Version
He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him.

Webster's Bible Translation
He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is no occasion of stumbling in him.

Weymouth New Testament
He who loves his brother man continues in the light, and his life puts no stumbling-block in the way of others.

World English Bible
He who loves his brother remains in the light, and there is no occasion for stumbling in him.

Young's Literal Translation
he who is loving his brother, in the light he doth remain, and a stumbling-block in him there is not;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

2:3-11 What knowledge of Christ can that be, which sees not that he is most worthy of our entire obedience? And a disobedient life shows there is neither religion nor honesty in the professor. The love of God is perfected in him that keeps his commandments. God's grace in him attains its true mark, and produces its sovereign effect as far as may be in this world, and this is man's regeneration; though never absolutely perfect here. Yet this observing Christ's commands, has holiness and excellency which, if universal, would make the earth resemble heaven itself. The command to love one another had been in force from the beginning of the world; but it might be called a new command as given to Christians. It was new in them, as their situation was new in respect of its motives, rules, and obligations. And those who walk in hatred and enmity to believers, remain in a dark state. Christian love teaches us to value our brother's soul, and to dread every thing hurtful to his purity and peace. Where spiritual darkness dwells, in mind, the judgment, and the conscience will be darkened, and will mistake the way to heavenly life. These things demand serious self-examination; and earnest prayer, that God would show us what we are, and whither we are going.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 10. - Whereas he who loves his brother has not only entered the region or' light, but has made it his home: he abideth in the light. It is difficult to determine whether the "occasion of stumbling" σκάνδαλον is in reference to himself or to others. The context here and John 11:9, 10 are in favour of the former. It is a man's own salvation that is under consideration here, not his influence over others: and προσκόπτει ὅτι τὸ φῶς οὐκ ἔστιν ἐν αὐτῷ seems exactly parallel. To have no light in one is to be in danger of stumbling; to have light in one is to have no occasion of stumbling (comp. Ezekiel 14:3, which is very parallel). But elsewhere in the New Testament σκάνδαλον means a stumbling-block or snare in another's way, not in one's own way; and this makes sense here. There is yet a third explanation. Ἐν αὐτῳ may mean "in it," i.e., "in the light there is no occasion of stumbling." This makes a good antithesis to the close of verse 11, "knoweth not whither he goeth."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

He that loveth his brother,.... As such, and because he is his brother in Christ, and that cordially and sincerely, without hypocrisy and dissimulation, and by love serves him, both in things temporal and spiritual, and so observes the new, and yet old commandment,

abideth in the light: it is a plain case, that such a man is in the light of grace, and continues in it; for though it is not his love to the brethren which is the cause of his light, of his being and continuing in it, for that is owing to the spirit of light and knowledge, but on the contrary, light is the cause of his love; yet it is an evidence of it, that by which it is known, as the cause is known by the effect; see John 3:14;

and there is none occasion of stumbling in him, or "there is no scandal" or "offence in him"; he gives no offence to his brother, or at least, as much as in him lies, he takes care that he gives none; he avoids, as much as can be, putting a stumblingblock, or an occasion to fall, in his brother's way, by the use of things indifferent, or by any other action; nor will he easily take offence at what is said or done unto him, for charity or love is not easily provoked, it suffers long, and bears all things; see 1 Corinthians 13:4; nor does he so much and so frequently transgress the laws of God, and particularly those which regard his neighbour or his brother, and so easily fall into the snares of Satan, because he is in the light, and walks in the light, and sees his way, and what lies in his way, and, so shuns and avoids occasion of stumbling and falling. There is not in him that wrath, and malice, and envy, which lead on to the commission of other sins; for love works no ill, but fulfils the law, and will not suffer him to commit adultery, to kill, to steal, or bear false witness against his neighbour, friend, and brother; see Romans 13:9; and such an one enjoys great peace, tranquillity, and happiness; he has much comfort in himself, and pleasure in the saints, and delight in their company; he walks inoffensively, and in an harmless manner, without hurting himself, or any other, Psalm 119:165.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

10. Abiding in love is abiding in the light; for the Gospel light not only illumines the understanding, but warms the heart into love.

none occasion of stumbling—In contrast to, "He that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes." "In him who loves there is neither blindness nor occasion of stumbling [to himself]: in him who does not love, there is both blindness and occasion of stumbling. He who hates his brother, is both a stumbling-block to himself, and stumbles against himself and everything within and without; he who loves has an unimpeded path" [Bengel]. John has in mind Jesus' words, Joh 11:9, 10. Alford well says, "The light and the darkness are within ourselves; admitted into us by the eye, whose singleness fills the whole body with light."

1 John 2:10 Additional Commentaries
Context
A New Command
9The one who says he is in the Light and yet hates his brother is in the darkness until now. 10The one who loves his brother abides in the Light and there is no cause for stumbling in him. 11But the one who hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going because the darkness has blinded his eyes.…
Cross References
Psalm 119:165
Great peace have those who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble.

John 11:9
Jesus answered, "Are there not twelve hours of daylight? Anyone who walks in the daytime will not stumble, for they see by this world's light.

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.

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 3:14
We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love each other. Anyone who does not love remains in death.
Treasury of Scripture

He that loves his brother stays in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him.

that loveth.

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Hosea 6:3 Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD: his going forth …

John 8:31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If you continue …

Romans 14:13 Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather…

2 Peter 1:10 Why the rather, brothers, give diligence to make your calling and …

occasion of stumbling. Gr. scandal.

Matthew 13:21 Yet has he not root in himself, but endures for a while: for when …

Matthew 18:7 Woe to the world because of offenses! for it must needs be that offenses …

Luke 17:1,2 Then said he to the disciples, It is impossible but that offenses …

Romans 9:32,33 Why? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works …

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