1 John 2:29
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New International Version
If you know that he is righteous, you know that everyone who does what is right has been born of him.

New Living Translation
Since we know that Christ is righteous, we also know that all who do what is right are God's children.

English Standard Version
If you know that he is righteous, you may be sure that everyone who practices righteousness has been born of him.

Berean Study Bible
If you know that He is righteous, you also know that everyone who practices righteousness is born of Him.

Berean Literal Bible
If you know that He is righteous, you know also that everyone practicing righteousness has been begotten of Him.

New American Standard Bible
If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone also who practices righteousness is born of Him.

King James Bible
If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If you know that He is righteous, you know this as well: Everyone who does what is right has been born of Him.

International Standard Version
Since you know that he is righteous, you also know that everyone who practices righteousness has been fathered by God.

NET Bible
If you know that he is righteous, you also know that everyone who practices righteousness has been fathered by him.

New Heart English Bible
If you know that he is righteous, you know that everyone also who practices righteousness is born of him.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And if you know that he is righteous, know also that everyone who does righteousness is from him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If you know that Christ has God's approval, you also know that everyone who does what God approves of has been born from God.

New American Standard 1977
If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone also who practices righteousness is born of Him.

Jubilee Bible 2000
If ye know that he is righteous, also know that any one that does righteousness is born of him.

King James 2000 Bible
If you know that he is righteous, you know that everyone that does righteousness is born of him.

American King James Version
If you know that he is righteous, you know that every one that does righteousness is born of him.

American Standard Version
If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one also that doeth righteousness is begotten of him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
If you know, that he is just, know ye, that every one also, who doth justice, is born of him.

Darby Bible Translation
If ye know that he is righteous, know that every one who practises righteousness is begotten of him.

English Revised Version
If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one also that doeth righteousness is begotten of him.

Webster's Bible Translation
If ye know that he is righteous ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him.

Weymouth New Testament
Since you know that He is righteous, be assured also that the man who habitually acts righteously is a child of His.

World English Bible
If you know that he is righteous, you know that everyone who practices righteousness is born of him.

Young's Literal Translation
if ye know that he is righteous, know ye that every one doing the righteousness, of him hath been begotten.
Study Bible
Continue in Him
28And now, little children, remain in Him, so that when He appears, we may be confident and unashamed before Him at His coming. 29If you know that He is righteous, you also know that everyone who practices righteousness is born of Him.
Cross References
John 1:13
children born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but born of God.

John 3:3
Jesus replied, "Truly, truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again."

John 7:18
He who speaks on his own authority seeks his own glory, but He who seeks the glory of the One who sent Him is a man of truth; in Him there is no falsehood.

1 John 3:5
But you know that Christ appeared to take away sins, and in Him there is no sin.

1 John 3:7
Little children, let no one deceive you: The one who practices righteousness is righteous, just as Christ is righteous.

1 John 3:9
Anyone born of God refuses to practice sin, because God's seed abides in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born of God.

1 John 4:7
Beloved, let us love one another, because love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.

1 John 5:1
Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the Father also loves the one born of Him.

1 John 5:4
because everyone born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world: our faith.

3 John 1:11
Beloved, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good. The one who does good is of God; the one who does evil has not seen God.
Treasury of Scripture

If you know that he is righteous, you know that every one that does righteousness is born of him.

he is.

1 John 2:1 My little children, these things write I to you, that you sin not. …

1 John 3:5 And you know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.

Zechariah 9:9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: …

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

Acts 22:14 And he said, The God of our fathers has chosen you, that you should …

2 Corinthians 5:21 For he has made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might …

Hebrews 1:8,9 But to the Son he said, Your throne, O God, is for ever and ever: …

Hebrews 7:2,26 To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation …

1 Peter 3:18 For Christ also has once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, …

ye know. or, know ye. that every.

1 John 3:7,10 Little children, let no man deceive you: he that does righteousness …

Jeremiah 13:23 Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? then …

Matthew 7:16-18 You shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, …

Acts 10:35 But in every nation he that fears him, and works righteousness, is …

Titus 2:12-14 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should …

is born.

1 John 3:9 Whoever is born of God does not commit sin; for his seed remains …

1 John 4:7 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one …

1 John 5:1 Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every …

John 1:13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor …

John 3:3-5 Jesus answered and said to him, Truly, truly, I say to you, Except …

James 1:18 Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should …

1 Peter 1:3,23 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ…

2 Peter 1:4 Whereby are given to us exceeding great and precious promises: that …

Verse 29. - This verse forms a bridge between the two main divisions of the Epistle. The coming of Christ suggests the righteousness of Christ; for it is as the righteous Judge that he is coming, and those who would not be ashamed to meet him at his coming must be righteous also. Once more (verse 27) we are in doubt between indicative and imperative: γινώσκετε, in spite of the preceding μένετε and following ἴδετε, is probably indicative. To know that God (not Christ; comp. 1 John 1:9; John 17:25) is righteous is to perceive that every doer of his τήν righteousness is a son of God (not of Christ; we are nowhere in Scripture said to be born of Christ). To partake of that righteousness which is God's nature is proof of birth from him. With ποιεῖν τὴν δικαιοσύνην, compare ποιεῖν τὴν ἀληθείαν (1 John 1:6; John 3:21). Righteousness must be shown in conduct; mere desire to be righteous will not suffice. And the conduct must be habitual ὁ ποιῶν not ὁ ποιήσας; a single act of righteousness will not suffice. Note the change from εἰδῆτε to γινώσκετε. To know (intuitively) that God is righteous is to come to know (by experience) that whoever habitually acts righteously is God's offspring.



If ye know that he is righteous,.... That is, Christ, who is righteous as God in his nature and in his works; and as man in his obedience, life, and conversation; and as Mediator, in faithfully discharging the work he undertook; and is the author of an everlasting righteousness, which is imputed by God, revealed in the Gospel, and received by faith; all which they knew, for this is not said as doubting, but rather as taking it for granted that they did know it; "if", or "seeing ye know", &c. then it follows;

ye know, or "know ye"; ye may assure yourselves,

that everyone that doeth righteousness; not merely works of righteousness, especially in order to justify him before God; for such an one is so far from being born of God, or born again, that he is manifestly in a state of nature, and of opposition to, and enmity against God; he is not subject to him, he does not submit to the righteousness of God, but goes about to establish his own and betrays his ignorance and want grace; but it intends such an one who with the heart believes unto righteousness, and lays hold by faith, and lives upon the righteousness of Christ for justification; and who performs, good, works in faith, and from a principle of love, not to obtain a justifying righteousness, but because he is justified by the righteousness of Christ: and: such an one

is born of him; either of God, or rather, of Christ; being regenerated by his Spirit, having his, grace implanted in him, as appears by his faith in his righteousness and by his works of righteousness, as fruits of faith; and having his image stamped on him, and he himself formed in him, and so made like unto him; by all which it is evident he is one of his spiritual seed and offspring. The Syriac version reads, "is of him"; belongs to him, is one of his; and this makes way for what is said of adoption in the following chapter and which should begin here. 29. The heading of the second division of the Epistle: "God is righteous; therefore, every one that doeth righteousness is born of Him." Love is the grand feature and principle of "righteousness" selected for discussion, 1Jo 2:29-3:3.

If ye know … ye know—distinct Greek verbs: "if ye are aware (are in possession of the knowledge) … ye discern or apprehend also that," etc. Ye are already aware that God ("He" includes both "the Father," of whom the believer is born (end of this verse, and 1Jo 3:1), and "the Son," 1Jo 2:1, 23) is righteous, ye must necessarily, thereby, perceive also the consequence of that truth, namely, "that everyone that doeth righteousness (and he alone; literally, the righteousness such as the righteous God approves) is born of Him." The righteous produceth the righteous. We are never said to be born again of Christ, but of God, with whom Christ is one. Hollaz in Alford defines the righteousness of God, "It is the divine energy by whose power God wills and does all things which are conformable to His eternal law, prescribes suitable laws to His creatures, fulfils His promises to men, rewards the good, and punishes the ungodly."

doeth—"For the graces (virtues) are practical, and have their being in being produced (in being exercised); for when they have ceased to act, or are only about to act, they have not even being" [OECUMENIUS]. "God is righteous, and therefore the source of righteousness; when then a man doeth righteousness, we know that the source of his righteousness is God, that consequently he has acquired by new birth from God that righteousness which he had not by nature. We argue from his doing righteousness, to his being born of God. The error of Pelagians is to conclude that doing righteousness is a condition of becoming a child of God" [Alford most truly]. Compare Lu 7:47, 50: Her much love evinced that her sins were already forgiven; not, were the condition of her sins being forgiven. 2:24-29 The truth of Christ, abiding in us, is a means to sever from sin, and unites us to the Son of God, Joh 15:3,4. What value should we put upon gospel truth! Thereby the promise of eternal life is made sure. The promise God makes, is suitable to his own greatness, power, and goodness; it is eternal life. The Spirit of truth will not lie; and he teaches all things in the present dispensation, all things necessary to our knowledge of God in Christ, and their glory in the gospel. The apostle repeats the kind words, little children; which denotes his affection. He would persuade by love. Gospel privileges oblige to gospel duties; and those anointed by the Lord Jesus abide with him. The new spiritual nature is from the Lord Christ. He that is constant to the practice of religion in trying times, shows that he is born from above, from the Lord Christ. Then, let us beware of holding the truth in unrighteousness, remembering that those only are born of God, who bear his holy image, and walk in his most righteous ways.
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