1 John 5:9
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.

Christian Standard Bible
If we accept human testimony, God's testimony is greater, because it is God's testimony that he has given about his Son.

Contemporary English Version
We believe what people tell us. But we can trust what God says even more, and God is the one who has spoken about his Son.

Good News Translation
We believe human testimony; but God's testimony is much stronger, and he has given this testimony about 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 accept human testimony, 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 believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.

John 3:32,33
And what he hath seen and heard, that he testifieth; and no man receiveth his testimony…

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

for.

Matthew 3:16,17
And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: …

Matthew 17:5
While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.







Lexicon
[Even] if
Εἰ (Ei)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1487: If. A primary particle of conditionality; if, whether, that, etc.

we accept
λαμβάνομεν (lambanomen)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 1st Person Plural
Strong's Greek 2983: (a) I receive, get, (b) I take, lay hold of.

human
ἀνθρώπων (anthrōpōn)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 444: A man, one of the human race. From aner and ops; man-faced, i.e. A human being.

testimony,
μαρτυρίαν (martyrian)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 3141: Witness, evidence, testimony, reputation. From martus; evidence given.

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

testimony
μαρτυρία (martyria)
Noun - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 3141: Witness, evidence, testimony, reputation. From martus; evidence given.

of God
Θεοῦ (Theou)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2316: A deity, especially the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; by Hebraism, very.

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

greater.
μείζων (meizōn)
Adjective - Nominative Feminine Singular - Comparative
Strong's Greek 3173: Large, great, in the widest sense.

For
ὅτι (hoti)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 3754: Neuter of hostis as conjunction; demonstrative, that; causative, because.

this
αὕτη (hautē)
Demonstrative Pronoun - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 3778: This; he, she, it.

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

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

testimony
μαρτυρία (martyria)
Noun - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 3141: Witness, evidence, testimony, reputation. From martus; evidence given.

that
ὅτι (hoti)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 3754: Neuter of hostis as conjunction; demonstrative, that; causative, because.

God
Θεοῦ (Theou)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2316: A deity, especially the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; by Hebraism, very.

has [given]
μεμαρτύρηκεν (memartyrēken)
Verb - Perfect Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 3140: To witness, bear witness, give evidence, testify, give a good report. From martus; to be a witness, i.e. Testify.

about
περὶ (peri)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 4012: From the base of peran; properly, through, i.e. Around; figuratively with respect to; used in various applications, of place, cause or time.

His
αὐτοῦ (autou)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive Masculine 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 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.

Son.
Υἱοῦ (Huiou)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 5207: A son, descendent. Apparently a primary word; a 'son', used very widely of immediate, remote or figuratively, kinship.
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. 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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