New International Version
Whoever says, "I know him," but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person.
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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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
He that saith, I know him - This is a severe blow against those false teachers, and against all pretenders to religious knowledge, who live under the power of their sins; and against all Antinomians, and false boasters in the righteousness of Christ as a covering for their personal unholiness. They are all liars, and no truth of God is in them.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
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'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.
For there are many rebellious people, full of meaningless talk and deception, especially those of the circumcision group.
They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good.
1 John 1:6
If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth.
1 John 1:8
If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.
1 John 2:3
We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands.
1 John 3:6
No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him.
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