1 John 5:8
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New International Version
the Spirit, the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement.

New Living Translation
the Spirit, the water, and the blood--and all three agree.

English Standard Version
the Spirit and the water and the blood; and these three agree.

New American Standard Bible
the Spirit and the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement.

King James Bible
And there are three that bear witness in earth, the spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
the Spirit, the water, and the blood--and these three are in agreement.

International Standard Version
the Spirit, the water, and the blood—and these three are one.

NET Bible
the Spirit and the water and the blood, and these three are in agreement.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And there are three testifying: The Spirit and the water and the blood, and the three of them are in one.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
the Spirit, the water, and the blood. These three witnesses agree.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And there are three that bear witness on earth, the Spirit and the water and the blood; and these three agree in one.

King James 2000 Bible
And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.

American King James Version
And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.

American Standard Version
For there are three who bear witness, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and the three agree in one.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And there are three that give testimony on earth: the spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three are one.

Darby Bible Translation
the Spirit, and the water, and the blood; and the three agree in one.

English Revised Version
For there are three who bear witness, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and the three agree in one.

Webster's Bible Translation
And there are three that bear testimony on earth, the spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.

Weymouth New Testament
and there is complete agreement between these three.

World English Bible
the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and the three agree as one.

Young's Literal Translation
and three are who are testifying in the earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood, and the three are into the one.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

5:6-8 We are inwardly and outwardly defiled; inwardly, by the power and pollution of sin in our nature. For our cleansing there is in and by Christ Jesus, the washing of regeneration and the renewing of the Holy Ghost. Some think that the two sacraments are here meant: baptism with water, as the outward sign of regeneration, and purifying from the pollution of sin by the Holy Spirit; and the Lord's supper, as the outward sign of the shedding Christ's blood, and the receiving him by faith for pardon and justification. Both these ways of cleansing were represented in the old ceremonial sacrifices and cleansings. This water and blood include all that is necessary to our salvation. By the water, our souls are washed and purified for heaven and the habitation of saints in light. By the blood, we are justified, reconciled, and presented righteous to God. By the blood, the curse of the law being satisfied, the purifying Spirit is obtained for the internal cleansing of our natures. The water, as well as the blood, came out of the side of the sacrificed Redeemer. He loved the church, and gave himself for it, that he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word; that he might present it to himself a glorious church, Eph 5:25-27. This was done in and by the Spirit of God, according to the Saviour's declaration. He is the Spirit of God, and cannot lie. Three had borne witness to these doctrines concerning the person and the salvation of Christ. The Father, repeatedly, by a voice from heaven declared that Jesus was his beloved Son. The Word declared that He and the Father were One, and that whoever had seen him had seen the Father. And the Holy Ghost, who descended from heaven and rested on Christ at his baptism; who had borne witness to Him by all the prophets; and gave testimony to his resurrection and mediatorial office, by the gift of miraculous powers to the apostles. But whether this passage be cited or not, the doctrine of the Trinity in Unity stands equally firm and certain. To the doctrine taught by the apostles, respecting the person and salvation of Christ, there were three testimonies. 1. The Holy Spirit. We come into the world with a corrupt, carnal disposition, which is enmity to God. This being done away by the regeneration and new-creating of souls by the Holy Spirit, is a testimony to the Saviour. 2. The water: this sets forth the Saviour's purity and purifying power. The actual and active purity and holiness of his disciples are represented by baptism. 3. The blood which he shed: and this was our ransom, this testifies for Jesus Christ; it sealed up and finished the sacrifices of the Old Testament. The benefits procured by his blood, prove that he is the Saviour of the world. No wonder if he that rejects this evidence is judged a blasphemer of the Spirit of God. These three witnesses are for one and the same purpose; they agree in one and the same thing.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 8. - When all three witnesses are enumerated together, the Spirit naturally comes first. He is a living and a Divine witness, independent of the two facts of the baptism and the Passion, which concur with him in testifying that the Son of God is Jesus Christ.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And there are three that bear witness on earth,.... To the same truth of the sonship of Christ:

the Spirit, and the water, and the blood; by the "Spirit" is not meant the human Spirit or soul of Christ; for however that may be a witness of the truth of his human nature, yet not of his divine sonship: and moreover cannot be said to be a witness in earth; rather the Gospel, called the Spirit, which is a testimony of Christ's person, office, and graces and is preached by men on earth; or else the gifts of the Spirit bestowed on men on earth, both in an extraordinary and ordinary way, by which they have been qualified to bear witness to this truth; or it may be the Holy Spirit itself is intended, as he is in the hearts of his people here on earth, where he not only witnesses to the truth of their sonship, but also of the sonship of Christ, and is that witness a believer has within himself of it, mentioned in 1 John 5:10. By water is designed, not internal sanctification, which though an evidence of regeneration and adoption, yet not of Christ's sonship; but water baptism, as administered on earth in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost; and which is a noble and standing testimony to the proper, natural, and eternal sonship of Christ: and by "blood" is intended, not justification by the blood of Christ, but rather the blood of the saints, the martyrs of Jesus, who have shed it on earth, in testimony of their faith in the Son of God, and thereby sealing the truth of it; or rather the ordinance of the Lord's supper, which is the communion of the blood of Christ; and represents that blood which was shed for the remission of sins, and has a continual virtue to cleanse from all sin, which is owing to his being the Son of God. The three witnesses on earth seem therefore to be the Gospel, attended with the Spirit and power of God, and the two ordinances of baptism, and the Lord's supper:

and these agree in one; in their testimony of Christ, the word and ordinances agree together; and the sum and substance of them is Christ; they come from him, and centre in him; they are like the cherubim over the mercy seat, that looked to one another, and to that; and the two ordinances are the church's two breasts, which are equal, and like to one another; there is a great agreement between them, they are like to two young roes that are twins.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

8. agree in one—"tend unto one result"; their agreeing testimony to Jesus' Sonship and Messiahship they give by the sacramental grace in the water of baptism, received by the penitent believer, by the atoning efficacy of His blood, and by the internal witness of His Spirit (1Jo 5:10): answering to the testimony given to Jesus' Sonship and Messiahship by His baptism, His crucifixion, and the Spirit's manifestations in Him (see on [2651]1Jo 5:6). It was by His coming by water (that is, His baptism in Jordan) that Jesus was solemnly inaugurated in office, and revealed Himself as Messiah; this must have been peculiarly important in John's estimation, who was first led to Christ by the testimony of the Baptist. By the baptism then received by Christ, and by His redeeming blood-shedding, and by that which the Spirit of God, whose witness is infallible, has effected, and still effects, by Him, the Spirit, the water, and the blood, unite, as the threefold witness, to verify His divine Messiahship [Neander].

1 John 5:8 Additional Commentaries
Context
Overcoming the World
7For there are three that testify: 8the Spirit and the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement.
Cross References
John 19:34
Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus' side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water.

1 John 5:7
For there are three that testify:

1 John 5:9
We accept human testimony, but God's testimony is greater because it is the testimony of God, which he has given about his Son.
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the water.

Acts 2:2-4 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty …

2 Corinthians 1:22 Who has also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.

the blood.

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1 Peter 3:21 The like figure whereunto even baptism does also now save us (not …

and these.

Mark 14:56 For many bore false witness against him, but their witness agreed not together.

Acts 15:15 And to this agree the words of the prophets; as it is written,

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