New American Standard Bible
The one who says, "I have come to know Him," and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him;
King James Bible
He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
Darby Bible Translation
He that says, I know him, and does not keep his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him;
World English Bible
One who says, "I know him," and doesn't keep his commandments, is a liar, and the truth isn't in him.
Young's Literal Translation
he who is saying, 'I have known him,' and his command is not keeping, a liar he is, and in him the truth is not;
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
He that saith, I know Him - He who professes to be acquainted with the Saviour, or who professes to be a Christian.
And keepeth not his commandments - What he has appointed to be observed by his people; that is, he who does not obey him.
Is a liar - Makes a false profession; professes to have that which he really has not. Such a profession is a falsehood, because there can be no true religion where one does not obey the law of God.
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(On the Mysteries. Iii. )
"You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.
For there are many rebellious men, empty talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision,
They profess to know God, but by their deeds they deny Him, being detestable and disobedient and worthless for any good deed.
1 John 1:6
If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth;
1 John 1:8
If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us.
1 John 2:3
By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments.
1 John 3:6
No one who abides in Him sins; no one who sins has seen Him or knows Him.
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