New International Version
I do not write to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it and because no lie comes from the truth.
King James Bible
I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth.
Darby Bible Translation
I have not written to you because ye do not know the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth.
World English Bible
I have not written to you because you don't know the truth, but because you know it, and because no lie is of the truth.
Young's Literal Translation
I did not write to you because ye have not known the truth, but because ye have known it, and because no lie is of the truth.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
I have not written, etc. - It is not because ye are ignorant of these things that I write to you, but because you know them, and can by these judge of the doctrines of those false teachers, and clearly perceive that they are liars; for they contradict the truth which ye have already received, and consequently their doctrine is a lie, and no lie can be of the truth, i.e. consistent with Christianity.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
because ye know not.
'I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one.'--1 John ii. 14. 'What am I going to be?' is the question that presses upon young people stepping out of the irresponsibilities of childhood into youth. But, unfortunately, the question is generally supposed to be answered when they have fixed upon a trade or profession. It means, rightly taken, a great deal more than that. 'What am I going to make of myself?' 'What …
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You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father's desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.
"You are a king, then!" said Pilate. Jesus answered, "You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me."
My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,
2 Peter 1:12
So I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have.
1 John 3:19
This is how we know that we belong to the truth and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence:
Though you already know all this, I want to remind you that the Lord at one time delivered his people out of Egypt, but later destroyed those who did not believe.
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