1 John 2:1
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English Standard Version
My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.

King James Bible
My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:

American Standard Version
My little children, these things write I unto you that ye may not sin. And if any man sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:

Douay-Rheims Bible
My little children, these things I write to you, that you may not sin. But if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the just:

English Revised Version
My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye may not sin. And if any man sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:

Webster's Bible Translation
My little children, these things I write to you, that ye sin not. And if any man sinneth, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:

Weymouth New Testament
Dear children, I write thus to you in order that you may not sin. If any one sins, we have an Advocate with the Father--Jesus Christ the righteous;

1 John 2:1 Parallel
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Vincent's Word Studies

My little children (τεκνία μου)

Τεκνίον, little child, diminutive of τέκνον child, occurs in John 8:33; 1 John 2:12, 1 John 2:28; 1 John 3:7, 1 John 3:18; 1 John 4:4; 1 John 5:21. This particular phrase is found only here (best texts omit my in 1 John 3:18). Used as a term of affection, or possibly with reference to the writer's advanced age. Compare Christ's word, παιδία children (John 21:5) which John also uses (1 John 2:13, 1 John 2:18). In the familiar story of John and the young convert who became a robber, it is related that the aged apostle repaired to the robber's haunt, and that the young man, on seeing him, took to flight. John, forgetful of his age, ran after him, crying: "O my son why dost thou fly from me thy father? Thou, an armed man, - I, an old, defenseless one! Have pity upon me! My son, do not fear! There is still hope of life for thee. I wish myself to take the burden of all before Christ. If it is necessary, I will die for thee, as Christ died for us. Stop! Believe! It is Christ who sends me."

Iwrite

More personal than we write (1 John 1:4), and thus better suiting the form of address, my little children.

If any man sin, we have

The change from the indefinite third person, any man, to the first person, we have, is significant. By the we have, John assumes the possibility of sinful acts on the part of Christians, and of himself in common with them, and their common need of the intervention of the divine Advocate. So Augustine: "He said, not 'ye have,' nor 'ye have me,' nor 'ye have Christ himself;' but he put Christ, not himself, and said 'we have,' and not 'ye have.' He preferred to place himself in the number of sinners, so that he might have Christ for his advocate, rather than to put himself as the advocate instead of Christ, and to be found among the proud who are destined to condemnation."

An advocate (παράκλητον)

See on John 14:16.

With the Father (πρὸς τὸν πατέρα)

See on with God, John 1:1. An active relation is indicated. On the terms the Father and my Father, see on John 4:21.

The righteous

Compare righteous, 1 John 1:9. There is no article in the Greek. Jesus Christ righteous. See on 1 John 1:9.

1 John 2:1 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

little.

1 John 2:12,13 I write to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name's sake...

1 John 3:7,18 Little children, let no man deceive you: he that does righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous...

1 John 4:4 You are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

1 John 5:21 Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.

John 13:33 Little children, yet a little while I am with you. You shall seek me: and as I said to the Jews, Where I go, you cannot come...

John 21:5 Then Jesus said to them, Children, have you any meat? They answered him, No.

1 Corinthians 4:14,15 I write not these things to shame you, but as my beloved sons I warn you...

Galatians 4:19 My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you,

these.

1 John 1:3,4 That which we have seen and heard declare we to you, that you also may have fellowship with us...

1 Timothy 3:14 These things write I to you, hoping to come to you shortly:

that.

Psalm 4:4 Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart on your bed, and be still. Selah.

Ezekiel 3:21 Nevertheless if you warn the righteous man, that the righteous sin not, and he does not sin, he shall surely live, because he is warned...

John 5:14 Afterward Jesus finds him in the temple, and said to him, Behold, you are made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come to you.

John 8:11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said to her, Neither do I condemn you: go, and sin no more.

Romans 6:1,2,15 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound...

1 Corinthians 15:34 Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame.

Ephesians 4:26 Be you angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down on your wrath:

Titus 2:11-13 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men...

1 Peter 1:15-19 But as he which has called you is holy, so be you holy in all manner of conversation...

1 Peter 4:1-3 For as much then as Christ has suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind...

And if. See on ch.

1 John 1:8-10 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us...

we have.

Romans 8:34 Who is he that comdemns? It is Christ that died, yes rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God...

1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

Hebrews 7:24,25 But this man, because he continues ever, has an unchangeable priesthood...

Hebrews 9:24 For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself...

Father.

Luke 10:22 All things are delivered to me of my Father: and no man knows who the Son is, but the Father; and who the Father is, but the Son...

John 5:19-26,36 Then answered Jesus and said to them, Truly, truly, I say to you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he sees the Father do...

John 6:27 Labor not for the meat which perishes, but for that meat which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give to you...

John 10:15 As the Father knows me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep.

John 14:6 Jesus said to him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes to the Father, but by me.

Ephesians 2:18 For through him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father.

James 1:27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction...

James 3:9 Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.

the righteous.

1 John 2:29 If you know that he is righteous, you know that every one that does righteousness is born of him.

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: behold, your King comes to you: he is just...

2 Corinthians 5:21 For he has made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

Hebrews 7:26 For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;

1 Peter 2:22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:

1 Peter 3:18 For Christ also has once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh...

Cross References
John 13:33
Little children, yet a little while I am with you. You will seek me, and just as I said to the Jews, so now I also say to you, 'Where I am going you cannot come.'

John 14:16
And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever,

Acts 7:52
Which of the prophets did your fathers not persecute? And they killed those who announced beforehand the coming of the Righteous One, whom you have now betrayed and murdered,

Romans 5:10
For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.

Romans 8:34
Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died--more than that, who was raised--who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.

1 Corinthians 4:14
I do not write these things to make you ashamed, but to admonish you as my beloved children.

Galatians 4:19
my little children, for whom I am again in the anguish of childbirth until Christ is formed in you!

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