1 John 2:5
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New International Version
But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him:

New Living Translation
But those who obey God's word truly show how completely they love him. That is how we know we are living in him.

English Standard Version
but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him:

Berean Study Bible
But if anyone keeps His word, the love of God has been truly perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him:

Berean Literal Bible
But whoever may keep His word, truly in him the love of God has been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him:

New American Standard Bible
but whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him:

King James Bible
But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But whoever keeps His word, truly in him the love of God is perfected. This is how we know we are in Him:

International Standard Version
But whoever continually keeps his commandments is the kind of person in whom God's love has truly been perfected. This is how we can be sure that we are in union with God:

NET Bible
But whoever obeys his word, truly in this person the love of God has been perfected. By this we know that we are in him.

New Heart English Bible
But whoever keeps his word, God's love has truly been perfected in him. This is how we know that we are in him:

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But he who keeps his word, in this one truly the love of God is perfected, for by this we know that we are in him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But whoever obeys what Christ says is the kind of person in whom God's love is perfected. That's how we know we are in Christ.

New American Standard 1977
but whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him:

Jubilee Bible 2000
But whosoever keeps his word, in him verily is the charity of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.

King James 2000 Bible
But whoever keeps his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: by this we know that we are in him.

American King James Version
But whoever keeps his word, in him truly is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.

American Standard Version
but whoso keepeth his word, in him verily hath the love of God been perfected. Hereby we know that we are in him:

Douay-Rheims Bible
But he that keepeth his word, in him in very deed the charity of God is perfected; and by this we know that we are in him.

Darby Bible Translation
but whoever keeps his word, in him verily the love of God is perfected. Hereby we know that we are in him.

English Revised Version
but whoso keepeth his word, in him verily hath the love of God been perfected. Hereby know we that we are in him:

Webster's Bible Translation
But whoever keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: by this we know that we are in him.

Weymouth New Testament
But whoever obeys His Message, in him love for God has in very deed reached perfection. By this we can know that we are in Him.

World English Bible
But whoever keeps his word, God's love has most certainly been perfected in him. This is how we know that we are in him:

Young's Literal Translation
and whoever may keep his word, truly in him the love of God hath been perfected; in this we know that in him we are.
Commentary
Matthew Henry 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.
Study Bible
Jesus Our Advocate
4If anyone says, “I know Him,” but does not keep His commandments, he is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 5But if anyone keeps His word, the love of God has been truly perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him: 6Whoever claims to abide in Him must walk as Jesus walked.…
Cross References
John 14:23
Jesus replied, "If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make Our home with him.

1 John 2:3
By this we can be sure that we have come to know Him: if we keep His commandments.

1 John 3:24
Whoever keeps His commandments remains in God, and God in him. And by this we know that He remains in us: by the Spirit He has given us.

1 John 4:12
No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God remains in us, and His love is perfected in us.

1 John 4:13
By this we know that we remain in Him, and He in us: He has given us of His Spirit.

1 John 4:17
In this way, love has been perfected among us, so that we may have confidence on the day of judgment; for in this world we are just like Him.

1 John 5:2
By this we know that we love the children of God: when we love God and keep His commandments.

2 John 1:6
And this is love, that we walk according to His commandments. This is the very commandment you have heard from the beginning, that you must walk in love.
Treasury of Scripture

But whoever keeps his word, in him truly is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.

whoso.

1 John 2:3,4 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments…

Psalm 105:45 That they might observe his statutes, and keep his laws. Praise you the LORD.

Psalm 106:3 Blessed are they that keep judgment, and he that does righteousness …

Psalm 119:2,4,146 Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with …

Proverbs 8:32 Now therefore listen to me, O you children: for blessed are they …

Proverbs 28:7 Whoever keeps the law is a wise son: but he that is a companion of …

Ecclesiastes 8:5 Whoever keeps the commandment shall feel no evil thing: and a wise …

Ezekiel 36:27 And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my …

Luke 11:28 But he said, Yes rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, …

John 14:21,23 He that has my commandments, and keeps them, he it is that loves …

Revelation 12:17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with …

Revelation 14:12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments …

in him.

1 John 4:12,18 No man has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwells …

James 2:22 See you how faith worked with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?

hereby.

1 John 2:27,28 But the anointing which you have received of him stays in you, and …

1 John 3:24 And he that keeps his commandments dwells in him, and he in him. …

1 John 4:13,15,16 Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he has …

1 John 5:20 And we know that the Son of God is come, and has given us an understanding, …

John 6:56 He that eats my flesh, and drinks my blood, dwells in me, and I in him.

John 15:5 I am the vine, you are the branches: He that stays in me, and I in …

Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ …

1 Corinthians 1:30 But of him are you in Christ Jesus, who of God is made to us wisdom, …

2 Corinthians 5:17,21 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things …

Colossians 2:9,10 For in him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily…

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