1 John 2:9
New International Version
Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates a brother or sister is still in the darkness.

New Living Translation
If anyone claims, “I am living in the light,” but hates a fellow believer, that person is still living in darkness.

English Standard Version
Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness.

Berean Study Bible
If anyone claims to be in the light but hates his brother, he is still in the darkness.

Berean Literal Bible
The one claiming to be in the light and hating his brother is in the darkness even until now.

King James Bible
He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now.

New King James Version
He who says he is in the light, and hates his brother, is in darkness until now.

New American Standard Bible
The one who says that he is in the Light and yet hates his brother or sister is in the darkness until now.

NASB 1995
The one who says he is in the Light and yet hates his brother is in the darkness until now.

NASB 1977
The one who says he is in the light and yet hates his brother is in the darkness until now.

Amplified Bible
The one who says he is in the Light [in consistent fellowship with Christ] and yet habitually hates (works against) his brother [in Christ] is in the darkness until now.

Christian Standard Bible
The one who says he is in the light but hates his brother or sister is in the darkness until now.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The one who says he is in the light but hates his brother is in the darkness until now.

American Standard Version
He that saith he is in the light and hateth his brother, is in the darkness even until now.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Whoever says, therefore, that he is in the light and hates his brother, is in darkness still.

Contemporary English Version
If we claim to be in the light and hate someone, we are still in the dark.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now.

English Revised Version
He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in the darkness even until now.

Good News Translation
If we say that we are in the light, yet hate others, we are in the darkness to this very hour.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Those who say that they are in the light but hate other believers are still in the dark.

International Standard Version
The person who says that he is in the light but hates his brother is still in the darkness.

Literal Standard Version
he who is saying he is in the light, and is hating his brother, he is in the darkness until now;

NET Bible
The one who says he is in the light but still hates his fellow Christian is still in the darkness.

New Heart English Bible
He who says he is in the light and hates his brother, is in the darkness even until now.

Weymouth New Testament
Any one who professes to be in the light and yet hates his brother man is still in darkness.

World English Bible
He who says he is in the light and hates his brother, is in the darkness even until now.

Young's Literal Translation
he who is saying, in the light he is, and his brother is hating, in the darkness he is till now;

Additional Translations ...
Context
A New Commandment
8Then again, I am also writing to you a new commandment, which is true in Him and also in you. For the darkness is fading and the true light is already shining. 9If anyone claims to be in the light but hates his brother, he is still in the darkness. 10Whoever loves his brother remains in the light, and there is no cause of stumbling in him.…

Cross References
Leviticus 19:17
You must not harbor hatred against your brother in your heart. Directly rebuke your neighbor, so that you will not incur guilt on account of him.

2 Samuel 13:22
And Absalom never said a word to Amnon, either good or bad, because he hated Amnon for disgracing his sister Tamar.

Acts 1:15
In those days Peter stood up among the brothers (a gathering of about a hundred and twenty) and said,

1 John 2:11
But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness. He does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.

1 John 3:10
By this the children of God are distinguished from the children of the devil: Anyone who does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is anyone who does not love his brother.

1 John 3:15
Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that eternal life does not reside in a murderer.

1 John 3:16
By this we know what love is: Jesus laid down His life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.


Treasury of Scripture

He that said he is in the light, and hates his brother, is in darkness even until now.

that saith.

1 John 2:4
He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.

he is.

1 John 1:6
If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:

John 9:41
Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth.

Romans 2:18-21
And knowest his will, and approvest the things that are more excellent, being instructed out of the law; …

and hateth.

1 John 3:13-17
Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you…

is in.

1 John 2:11
But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes.

Psalm 82:5
They know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth are out of course.

1 Corinthians 13:1-3
Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal…









(6) Here (1John 2:9-11) is the chief way in which the old commandment, the new commandment, the word from the beginning, the walk in light would be manifested: brotherly love towards those with whom we have fellowship in Jesus Christ, God's Son. And as He, by being the propitiation for the sins of the whole world, had declared the universality of God's family and kingdom, so the sympathy of believers would extend in different degrees as far as the whole human race; to those first who were conscious of the same hopes as themselves; to those next who might be brought to share them; to those, perhaps, in a less degree, who in every nation feared God and worked righteousness without knowing the Saviour personally; and so on, finally, to all who did not wilfully excommunicate themselves. But the brotherly love would be chiefly amongst Christian friends, else it would be diffused into nothingness.

(9) He that saith . . .--The whole history of religious rancour has been a deplorable illustration of these words. Controversy for principles honestly and reasonably held is one thing: prejudice, spite, private censures and condemnations, harsh words, suspicions, jealousies, misunderstandings and misrepresentations are the chief props of the kingdom of darkness among Christian churches and nations. (Comp. John 13:34; John 15:12; 1Corinthians 13:2; 1Peter 1:22; 2Peter 1:7-9.) . . .

Verses 9-11. - Walking in the light excludes all hatred towards brethren, for such hatred is a form of darkness. These verses set forth in a variety of forms the affinity between love and light, hatred and darkness, and the consequent incompatibility between hatred and light. "Hate" μισεῖν is not to be watered down into "neglect" or "fail to love." St. John knows nothing of such compromises. Love is love, and hate is hate, and between the two there is no neutral ground, any more than between life and death, or between Christ and antichrist. "He that is not with me is against me." "Love is the moral counterpart of intellectual light. It is a modern fashion to represent these two tempers as necessarily opposed. But St. John is at once earnestly dogmatic and earnestly philanthropic; for the Incarnation has taught him both the preciousness of man and the preciousness of truth" (Liddon). Verse 9. - He that saith. For the fifth time St. John points out a glaring inconsistency which is possible between profession and fact (ἐὰν εἴπμεν, 1 John 1:6, 8, 10; ὁ λέγων, 1 John 2:4.9); cf. 1 John 4:20. In all these passages the case is put hypothetically; but in some of the Gnostic teaching of the age this inconsistency existed beyond a doubt. Is in darkness even until now. His supposing that hatred is compatible with light proves the darkness in which he is. Nay, more, it shows that, in spite of his having nominally entered the company of the children of light, he has really never left the darkness. "If ye loved only your brethren, ye would not yet be perfect; but if ye hate your brethren, what are ye? where are ye?" (St. Augustine).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
If anyone
(Ho)
Article - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

claims
λέγων (legōn)
Verb - Present Participle Active - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's 3004: (a) I say, speak; I mean, mention, tell, (b) I call, name, especially in the pass., (c) I tell, command.

to be
εἶναι (einai)
Verb - Present Infinitive Active
Strong's 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

in
ἐν (en)
Preposition
Strong's 1722: In, on, among. A primary preposition denoting position, and instrumentality, i.e. A relation of rest; 'in, ' at, on, by, etc.

the
τῷ (tō)
Article - Dative Neuter Singular
Strong's 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

light
φωτὶ (phōti)
Noun - Dative Neuter Singular
Strong's 5457: Light, a source of light, radiance. From an obsolete phao; luminousness.

[but]
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's 2532: And, even, also, namely.

hates
μισῶν (misōn)
Verb - Present Participle Active - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's 3404: To hate, detest, love less, esteem less. From a primary misos; to detest; by extension, to love less.

his
αὐτοῦ (autou)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive Masculine 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

brother,
ἀδελφὸν (adelphon)
Noun - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's 80: A brother, member of the same religious community, especially a fellow-Christian. A brother near or remote.

he is
ἐστὶν (estin)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

still
ἕως (heōs)
Preposition
Strong's 2193: A conjunction, preposition and adverb of continuance, until.

in
ἐν (en)
Preposition
Strong's 1722: In, on, among. A primary preposition denoting position, and instrumentality, i.e. A relation of rest; 'in, ' at, on, by, etc.

the
τῇ (tē)
Article - Dative Feminine Singular
Strong's 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

darkness.
σκοτίᾳ (skotia)
Noun - Dative Feminine Singular
Strong's 4653: Darkness; fig: spiritual darkness. From skotos; dimness, obscurity.


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