1 John 2:21
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New International Version
I do not write to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it and because no lie comes from the truth.

New Living Translation
So I am writing to you not because you don't know the truth but because you know the difference between truth and lies.

English Standard Version
I write to you, not because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and because no lie is of the truth.

New American Standard Bible
I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it, and because no lie is of the truth.

King James Bible
I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I have not written to you because you don't know the truth, but because you do know it, and because no lie comes from the truth.

International Standard Version
I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it and because lies don't come from truth.

NET Bible
I have not written to you that you do not know the truth, but that you do know it, and that no lie is of the truth.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it, and that no lie is from the truth.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I'm writing to you because you know the truth, not because you don't know the truth. You know that no lie ever comes from the truth.

Jubilee Bible 2000
I have not written unto you as if ye ignore the truth, but as unto those that know it, and that no lie is of the truth.

King James 2000 Bible
I have not written unto you because you know not the truth, but because you know it, and that no lie is of the truth.

American King James Version
I have not written to you because you know not the truth, but because you know it, and that no lie is of the truth.

American Standard Version
I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and because no lie is of the truth.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I have not written to you as to them that know not the truth, but as to them that know it: and that no lie is of the truth.

Darby Bible Translation
I have not written to you because ye do not know the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth.

English Revised Version
I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and because no lie is of the truth.

Webster's Bible Translation
I have not written to you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth.

Weymouth New Testament
I have written to you, not because you are ignorant of the truth, but because you know it, and you know that nothing false comes from the truth.

World English Bible
I have not written to you because you don't know the truth, but because you know it, and because no lie is of the truth.

Young's Literal Translation
I did not write to you because ye have not known the truth, but because ye have known it, and because no lie is of the truth.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 21. - The first οὐκ belongs to ὅτι, not to ἔγραψα: I wrote to you, not because ye know not, etc. It does not mean "I omitted to write to you because ye know not." Whatever meaning we give to the aorists in verses 13, 14 need not be retained here. There is here no abrupt change from present to aorist. Moreover, verse 26 limits this ἔγραψα to the present section. What in verse 20 is spoken of as "all things" (assuming πάντα to be right) is here spoken of as "the truth." St. John writes to well-instructed Christians, to adults in the faith. It is precisely because they "know the truth" that he addresses them, especially to warn them against antichrists. We are in doubt whether καὶ ὅτι, depends upon ἔγραψα ("and because")or upon οἴδατε ("and that"). The former is better; it introduces a second reason for his writing. Some take ὅτι, in all three places as "that" after ἔγραψα: "I did not write to you and say that ye know not the truth, but that ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth." Every lie is fundamentally and ab origine ἐκ separate from the truth; and hence his readers will easily recognize lies and liars, for they know the truth.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

I have not written unto you,.... Either this epistle, or rather what particularly here regards those apostates from the truth, in order to shun them and not be deceived by them: the apostle here obviates an objection that he saw might be made upon what he last said, that they knew all things; and, if so, why then did he write the things he did, since they knew them before? to which he answers, that he did not write to them as to ignorant, but as to knowing persons:

because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it: the Father, who is the God of truth; Christ, who is truth itself; and the Spirit, who is the Spirit of truth; and the Gospel, which is the word of truth; and the Scriptures, which are the Scriptures of truth, and from whence truth is to be fetched, and by them to be confirmed and defended; and which, if they had not known, it would have been to no purpose for him to have written to them about the antichrists that were come into the world; and though they did know the truth, it was very proper to put them in remembrance of it, and to establish them in it, against these deceivers, which supposes former knowledge of it:

and that no lie is of the truth; either springs from it, or is according to it, but just the reverse. The apostle has respect to the errors and heresies of the above apostates, which were flagrant contradictions to the Gospel, and as distant from it as a lie is to truth; and of such lies, and of those liars, he speaks in the next verses. The Arabic version reads, "and that every liar is not of the truth".

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

21. but because ye know it, and that, &c.—Ye not only know what is the truth (concerning the Son and the Father, 1Jo 2:13), but also are able to detect a lie as a thing opposed to the truth. For right (a straight line) is the index of itself and of what is crooked [Estius]. The Greek is susceptible of Alford's translation, "Because ye know it, and because no lie is of the truth" (literally, "every lie is excluded from being of the truth"). I therefore wrote (in this Epistle) to point out what the lie is, and who the liars are.

1 John 2:21 Additional Commentaries
Context
Beware of Antichrists
20But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you all know. 21I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it, and because no lie is of the truth. 22Who is the liar but the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, the one who denies the Father and the Son.…
Cross References
John 8:44
You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father's desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

John 18:37
"You are a king, then!" said Pilate. Jesus answered, "You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me."

James 1:19
My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,

2 Peter 1:12
So I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have.

1 John 3:19
This is how we know that we belong to the truth and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence:

Jude 1:5
Though you already know all this, I want to remind you that the Lord at one time delivered his people out of Egypt, but later destroyed those who did not believe.
Treasury of Scripture

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