1 John 2:20
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New International Version
But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth.

New Living Translation
But you are not like that, for the Holy One has given you his Spirit, and all of you know the truth.

English Standard Version
But you have been anointed by the Holy One, and you all have knowledge.

Berean Study Bible
You, however, have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth.

Berean Literal Bible
And you have the anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know.

New American Standard Bible
But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you all know.

King James Bible
But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you have knowledge.

International Standard Version
You have an anointing from the Holy One and know all things.

NET Bible
Nevertheless you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you all know.

New Heart English Bible
You have an anointing from the Holy One, and you all have knowledge.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And you have an anointing from The Holy One, and you discern every person.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The Holy One has anointed you, so all of you have knowledge.

New American Standard 1977
But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you all know.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But ye have the anointing of the Holy One, and ye know all things.

King James 2000 Bible
But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things.

American King James Version
But you have an unction from the Holy One, and you know all things.

American Standard Version
And ye have an anointing from the Holy One, and ye know all the things.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But you have the unction from the Holy One, and know all things.

Darby Bible Translation
And ye have [the] unction from the holy [one], and ye know all things.

English Revised Version
And ye have an anointing from the Holy One, and ye know all things.

Webster's Bible Translation
But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.

Weymouth New Testament
As for you, you have an anointing from the holy One and have perfect knowledge.

World English Bible
You have an anointing from the Holy One, and you all have knowledge.

Young's Literal Translation
And ye have an anointing from the Holy One, and have known all things;
Study Bible
Beware of Antichrists
19They went out from us, but they did not belong to us. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us. But their departure made it clear that none of them belonged to us. 20You, however, have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth. 21I have not written you because you lack knowledge of the truth, but because you have it, and because no lie comes from the truth.…
Cross References
Proverbs 28:5
Evil men do not understand justice, But those who seek the LORD understand all things.

Jeremiah 31:34
"They will not teach again, each man his neighbor and each man his brother, saying, 'Know the LORD,' for they will all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them," declares the LORD, "for I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more."

Matthew 13:11
He replied, "The knowledge of the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them.

Mark 1:24
"What do You want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have You come to destroy us? I know who You are--the Holy One of God!"

John 14:26
But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have told you.

Acts 10:38
how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, and how Jesus went around doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, because God was with Him.

1 Corinthians 2:15
The spiritual man judges all things, but he himself is not subject to anyone's judgment.

2 Corinthians 1:21
Now it is God who establishes both us and you in Christ. He anointed us,

1 John 2:27
And as for you, the anointing you received from Him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But just as His true and genuine anointing teaches you about all things, so remain in Him as you have been taught.

Jude 1:5
Although you are fully aware of this, I want to remind you that after Jesus had delivered His people out of the land of Egypt, He destroyed those who did not believe.
Treasury of Scripture

But you have an unction from the Holy One, and you know all things.

ye have.

1 John 2:27 But the anointing which you have received of him stays in you, and …

1 John 4:13 Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he has …

Psalm 23:5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies: you …

Psalm 45:7 You love righteousness, and hate wickedness: therefore God, your …

Psalm 92:10 But my horn shall you exalt like the horn of an unicorn: I shall …

Isaiah 61:1 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is on me; because the LORD has anointed …

Luke 4:18 The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach …

Acts 10:38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: …

2 Corinthians 1:21,22 Now he which establishes us with you in Christ, and has anointed us, is God…

Hebrews 1:9 You have loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, …

the Holy.

Psalm 16:10 For you will not leave my soul in hell; neither will you suffer your …

Psalm 71:22 I will also praise you with the psaltery, even your truth, O my God: …

Isaiah 43:3 For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior: …

Mark 1:24 Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with you, you Jesus of Nazareth? …

Luke 4:34 Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with you, you Jesus of Nazareth? …

Acts 3:14 But you denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer …

Revelation 3:7 And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things …

Revelation 4:8 And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they …

and ye.

Proverbs 28:5 Evil men understand not judgment: but they that seek the LORD understand …

John 10:4,5 And when he puts forth his own sheep, he goes before them, and the …

John 14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will …

John 16:13 However, when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you …

1 Corinthians 2:15 But he that is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.

Hebrews 8:11 And they shall not teach every man his neighbor, and every man his …

Verse 20. - The thought of many antichrists suggests that of many Christs; i.e., many who have been anointed χριστοί by the Christ himself. "The false teachers have the spirit of antichrist; ye have a chrism from the Christ." The Johannine καί places the two antithetical groups side by side, while the emphatic ὑμεῖς (comp. 1 John 4:4) accentuates the contrast. And ye have an anointing from the Holy One. The unction or chrism is the Holy Spirit (John 1:33; 1 John 3:24; 1 John 2:27). As Christ was anointed with the Spirit in all fullness, so each Christian is anointed with him in his measure (2 Corinthians 1:21, 22). The twenty-first 'Catechetical Lecture' of St. Cyril, "On the Holy Chrism," should be read in illustration of this verse. "In apostolic language, each Christian is in due measure himself a Christ, empowered by the gift of the Holy Spirit to announce the truth which he has learnt, to apply the atonement which he has received, to establish the kingdom which he believes to be universal" (Westcott). The ἀπό depends on ἔχετε, not on χρίσμα. The Holy One is Jesus Christ (John 6:69; Acts 3:14; Revelation 3:7; comp. John 14:26; John 16:7, 13). It is hard to decide between three readings:

(1) καὶ οἴδατε πάντα, "and ye know all things" necessary to salvation, i.e., "the truth" (verse 21; John 16:13);

(2) καὶ οἴδατε πάντες, "and ye all know" that ye have this anointing;

(3) οἴδατε πάντες," ye all know - I did not write to you because ye know not the truth." There is evidence of a fourth variation, πάντας "ye know all" the antichrists. If

(1) be right, it does not mean that the Christian is omniscient, but that he has the basis of all knowledge; he can see things in their right proportions. The apostle's own disciple, St. Polycarp, writes to the Philippians But ye have an unction from the Holy One,.... Meaning the Spirit, and his graces, with which Christ, the head, is anointed without measure, and his members in measure; from whence he is called Christ, and they Christians. These were really the Lord's anointed ones; they were true believers; were the wise virgins who had oil in their vessels with their lamps, which would never go out. The grace of the Spirit is called a chrism, or an ointment, or an anointing, in allusion to the anointing oil under the law; See Gill on Matthew 25:3; of which anointing oil the Jews say (h), that it continues all of it, "to time to come", (i.e. to the times of the Messiah,) as it is said, Exo_30:31. Now this these saints had, "from the Holy One"; or that Holy One; meaning, not the Holy Spirit of God, though it is true that this anointing, or these graces, were from him; he is the author of them, and may truly be said to anoint with them; nor the Father, who is holy in his nature, and in his works, and is the God of all grace, and is said to anoint the saints too, 2 Corinthians 1:21, but rather the Lord Jesus Christ, who is holy, both as God and man, and from whose fulness all grace is had. This oil, or ointment, was first poured on him without measure, and from him it descends to all the members of his mystical body, as the ointment poured on Aaron's head descended to his beard, and to the skirts of his garments; see 1 John 2:27;

and ye know all things; for this anointing is a teaching one; it makes persons of quick understanding; it enlightens their understandings, refreshes their memories, and strengthens all the powers and faculties of the soul; it leads into the knowledge of all spiritual things, into all the mysteries of grace, and truths of the Gospel, into all things necessary for salvation; for these words are not to be taken in the largest sense, in which they are only applicable to the omniscient God, but to be restrained to the subject matter treated of, and to those things chiefly in which the antichrists and deceivers cited; and regard not a perfect knowledge, for those that know most of these things, under the influence of this unction, know but in part. The Syriac version reads, "all men", and so refers to that discerning of spirits, of the Spirit of truth, from the spirit of error; a gift which was bestowed on many in the primitive times, by which they could distinguish hypocrites from true believers, and antichrists and deceivers from the faithful ministers of the word. One of Stephens's copies reads, "and ye all know".

(h) T. Hieros. Horayot, fol. 47. 3.20. But—Greek, "And." He here states the means which they as believers have wherewith to withstand. Antichrists (1Jo 2:18), namely, the chrism (so the Greek: a play upon similar sounds), or "anointing unguent," namely, the Holy Spirit (more plainly mentioned further on, as in John's style, 1Jo 3:24; 4:13; 5:6), which they ("ye" is emphatical in contrast to those apostates, 1Jo 2:19) have "from the Holy One, Christ" (Joh 1:33; 3:34; 15:26; 16:14): "the righteous" (1Jo 2:1), "pure" (1Jo 3:3), "the Holy One" (Ac 3:14) "of God"; Mr 1:24. Those anointed of God in Christ alone can resist those anointed with the spirit of Satan, Antichrists, who would sever them from the Father and from the Son. Believers have the anointing Spirit from the Father also, as well as from the Son; even as the Son is anointed therewith by the Father. Hence the Spirit is the token that we are in the Father and in the Son; without it a man is none of Christ. The material unguent of costliest ingredients, poured on the head of priests and kings, typified this spiritual unguent, derived from Christ, the Head, to us, His members. We can have no share in Him as Jesus, except we become truly Christians, and so be in Him as Christ, anointed with that unction from the Holy One. The Spirit poured on Christ, the Head, is by Him diffused through all the members. "It appears that we all are the body of Christ, because we all are anointed: and we all in Him are both Christ's and Christ, because in some measure the whole Christ is Head and body."


ye know all things—needful for acting aright against Antichrist's seductions, and for Christian life and godliness. In the same measure as one hath the Spirit, in that measure (no more and no less) he knows all these things.2:18-23 Every man is an antichrist, who denies the Person, or any of the offices of Christ; and in denying the Son, he denies the Father also, and has no part in his favour while he rejects his great salvation. Let this prophecy that seducers would rise in the Christian world, keep us from being seduced. The church knows not well who are its true members, and who are not, but thus true Christians were proved, and rendered more watchful and humble. True Christians are anointed ones; their names expresses this: they are anointed with grace, with gifts and spiritual privileges, by the Holy Spirit of grace. The great and most hurtful lies that the father of lies spreads in the world, usually are falsehoods and errors relating to the person of Christ. The unction from the Holy One, alone can keep us from delusions. While we judge favourably of all who trust in Christ as the Divine Saviour, and obey his word, and seek to live in union with them, let us pity and pray for those who deny the Godhead of Christ, or his atonement, and the new-creating work of the Holy Ghost. Let us protest against such antichristian doctrine, and keep from them as much as we may.
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