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

New Living Translation
Since we believe human testimony, surely we can believe the greater testimony that comes from God. And God has testified about his Son.

English Standard Version
If we receive the testimony of men, the testimony of God is greater, for this is the testimony of God that he has borne concerning his Son.

Berean Study Bible
Even if we accept human testimony, the testimony of God is greater. For this is the testimony that God has given about His Son.

Berean Literal Bible
If we receive the testimony of men, the testimony of God is greater. For this is the testimony of God that He has testified concerning His Son.

New American Standard Bible
If we receive the testimony of men, the testimony of God is greater; for the testimony of God is this, that He has testified concerning His Son.

King James Bible
If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If we accept the testimony of men, God's testimony is greater, because it is God's testimony that He has given about His Son.

International Standard Version
If we accept human testimony, God's testimony is greater, because it is the testimony of God and because he has testified about his Son.

NET Bible
If we accept the testimony of men, the testimony of God is greater, because this is the testimony of God that he has testified concerning his Son.

New Heart English Bible
If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater; for this is God's testimony that he has testified concerning his Son.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
If we receive the testimony of men, how much greater is the testimony of God? And this is the testimony of God which he testifies about his Son:

GOD'S WORD® Translation
We accept human testimony. God's testimony is greater because it is the testimony that he has given about his Son.

New American Standard 1977
If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater; for the witness of God is this, that He has borne witness concerning His Son.

Jubilee Bible 2000
If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he has testified of his Son.

King James 2000 Bible
If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he has testified of his Son.

American King James Version
If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he has testified of his Son.

American Standard Version
If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for the witness of God is this, that he hath borne witness concerning his Son.

Douay-Rheims Bible
If we receive the testimony of men, the testimony of God is greater. For this is the testimony of God, which is greater, because he hath testified of his Son.

Darby Bible Translation
If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater. For this is the witness of God [which] he has witnessed concerning his Son.

English Revised Version
If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for the witness of God is this, that he hath borne witness concerning his Son.

Webster's Bible Translation
If we receive the testimony of men, the testimony of God is greater: for this is the testimony of God which he hath testified of his Son.

Weymouth New Testament
If we accept the testimony of men, God's testimony is greater: for God's testimony consists of the things which He has testified about His Son.

World English Bible
If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater; for this is God's testimony which he has testified concerning his Son.

Young's Literal Translation
If the testimony of men we receive, the testimony of God is greater, because this is the testimony of God that He hath testified concerning His Son.
Study Bible
God's Testimony about His Son
8the Spirit, the water, and the blood—and these three are in agreement. 9Even if we accept human testimony, the testimony of God is greater. For this is the testimony that God has given about His Son. 10Whoever believes in the Son of God has this testimony within him; whoever does not believe God has made Him out to be a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony God has given about His Son.…
Cross References
Matthew 3:17
And a voice from heaven said, "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased!"

John 5:32
There is another who testifies about Me, and I know that His testimony about Me is valid.

John 5:34
Even though I do not accept human testimony, I say these things so that you may be saved.

John 5:37
And the Father who sent Me has Himself testified about Me. You have never heard His voice nor seen His form,

John 8:18
I am One who testifies about Myself, and the Father who sent Me also testifies about Me."

1 John 5:8
the Spirit, the water, and the blood--and these three are in agreement.
Treasury of Scripture

If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he has testified of his Son.

we.

1 John 5:10 He that believes on the Son of God has the witness in himself: he …

John 3:32,33 And what he has seen and heard, that he testifies; and no man receives …

John 5:31-36,39 If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true…

John 8:17-19 It is also written in your law, that the testimony of two men is true…

John 10:38 But if I do, though you believe not me, believe the works: that you …

Acts 5:32 And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy …

Acts 17:31 Because he has appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world …

Hebrews 2:4 God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with …

Hebrews 6:18 That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God …

for.

Matthew 3:16,17 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: …

Matthew 17:5 While he yet spoke, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and …

Verse 9. - An argument a fortiori. If we receive expresses no doubt, but states an admitted fact gently (see 1 John 4:11; and comp. John 7:23; John 10:35; John 13:14). "If we accept human witness [and, of course, we do], we must accept Divine witness [and, therefore, must believe that the Son of God is Jesus Christ]; for the witness of God consists in this, that he has borne witness concerning his Son." Note the pertinacious repetition of the word "witness," thoroughly in St John's style. The perfect μεμαρτύρηκε indicates that the witness still continues. If we receive the witness of men,.... The witness of a sufficient number of credible men, of men of good character and report, is always admitted in any case, and in any court of judicature; it was allowed of in the law of Moses; everything was proved and established hereby; upon this men were justified or condemned, cognizance was taken of men's sins, and punishment inflicted, yea, death itself, Deuteronomy 17:6; and even in this case concerning the Son of God, his coming into the world, and the dignity of his person, the testimony of men is credited; as that of the wise men, who declared that the King of the Jews was born, and his star had been seen in the east, which Herod himself gave credit to, and upon it summoned the chief priests, and inquired of them where he should be born; and also of the shepherds, who testified to the appearance of angels, who told them that there was then born a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord, and who also related that they themselves saw the infant at Bethlehem; and especially of John the Baptist, whose testimony was true, and could not be objected to by the Jews themselves, who sent to him, before whom he bore a plain and faithful witness. Now if an human testimony may be, and is received,

the testimony of God is greater; more valuable, surer, and to be more firmly depended on, since it must be infallible; for God can neither deceive, nor be deceived:

for this is the witness of God, which he hath testified of his Son; even the witness of the Spirit, the water, and the blood, is the testimony, not of men, but of God; the Gospel, attended with the Spirit of God, is the testimony of God; and so the ordinances of baptism and the Lord's supper, which bear witness of Christ, are not of men, but of God; and especially the witness of the Father, the Word, and the Spirit, must be the testimony of God, since, though three persons, they are one God; particularly the witness which God the Father testified of his Son Jesus Christ at his baptism and transfiguration, must be allowed to be the testimony of God, and far greater than any human testimony, and therefore to be received. 9. If, etc.—We do accept (and rightly so) the witness of veracious men, fallible though they be; much more ought we to accept the infallible witness of God (the Father). "The testimony of the Father is, as it were, the basis of the testimony of the Word and of the Holy Spirit; just as the testimony of the Spirit is, as it were, the basis of the testimony of the water and the blood" [Bengel].

for—This principle applies in the present case, FOR, etc.

which—in the oldest manuscripts, "because He hath given testimony concerning His Son." What that testimony is we find above in 1Jo 5:1, 5, "Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God"; and below in 1Jo 5:10, 11.5:9-12 Nothing can be more absurd than the conduct of those who doubt as to the truth of Christianity, while in the common affairs of life they do not hesitate to proceed on human testimony, and would deem any one out of his senses who declined to do so. The real Christian has seen his guilt and misery, and his need of such a Saviour. He has seen the suitableness of such a Saviour to all his spiritual wants and circumstances. He has found and felt the power of the word and doctrine of Christ, humbling, healing, quickening, and comforting his soul. He has a new disposition, and new delights, and is not the man that he formerly was. Yet he finds still a conflict with himself, with sin, with the flesh, the world, and wicked powers. But he finds such strength from faith in Christ, that he can overcome the world, and travel on towards a better. Such assurance has the gospel believer: he has a witness in himself, which puts the matter out of doubt with him, except in hours of darkness or conflict; but he cannot be argued out of his belief in the leading truths of the gospel. Here is what makes the unbeliever's sin so awful; the sin of unbelief. He gives God the lie; because he believes not the record that God gave of his Son. It is in vain for a man to plead that he believes the testimony of God in other things, while he rejects it in this. He that refuses to trust and honour Christ as the Son of God, who disdains to submit to his teaching as Prophet, to rely on his atonement and intercession as High Priest, or to obey him as King, is dead in sin, under condemnation; nor will any outward morality, learning, forms, notions, or confidences avail him.
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