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.

Berean Study Bible
I have not written you because you lack knowledge of the truth, but because you have it, and because no lie comes from the truth.

Berean Literal Bible
I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and because any lie is not 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.

New American Standard 1977
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.

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.
Commentary
Matthew Henry 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.
Study Bible
Beware of Antichrists
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. 22Who is the liar, if it is not the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, 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 his desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, refusing to uphold the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, because he is a liar and the father of lies.

John 18:37
"Then You are a king?" Pilate said. "You say that I am a king," Jesus answered. "For this reason I was born and have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to My voice."

James 1:19
My beloved brothers, understand this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger,

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

1 John 3:19
And by this we will know that we belong to the truth, and will assure our hearts in His presence:

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

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.

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