1 John 2:7-11

7 Dear friends, I am not writing you a new command but an old one, which you have had since the beginning. This old command is the message you have heard.
8 Yet I am writing you a new command; its truth is seen in him and in you, because the darkness is passing and the true light is already shining.
9 Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates a brother or sister[a] is still in the darkness.
10 Anyone who loves their brother and sister[b] lives in the light, and there is nothing in them to make them stumble.
11 But anyone who hates a brother or sister is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness. They do not know where they are going, because the darkness has blinded them.

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1 John 2:7-11 In-Context

5 But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him:
6 Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.
7 Dear friends, I am not writing you a new command but an old one, which you have had since the beginning. This old command is the message you have heard.
8 Yet I am writing you a new command; its truth is seen in him and in you, because the darkness is passing and the true light is already shining.
9 Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates a brother or sister is still in the darkness.
10 Anyone who loves their brother and sister lives in the light, and there is nothing in them to make them stumble.
11 But anyone who hates a brother or sister is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness. They do not know where they are going, because the darkness has blinded them.
12 I am writing to you, dear children, because your sins have been forgiven on account of his name.
13 I am writing to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning. I am writing to you, young men, because you have overcome the evil one.

Cross References 13

  • 1. S 1 Corinthians 10:14
  • 2. ver 24; 1 John 3:11,23; 1 John 4:21; 2Jn 5,6
  • 3. S John 13:34
  • 4. Romans 13:12; Hebrews 10:25
  • 5. John 1:9
  • 6. Ephesians 5:8; 1 Thessalonians 5:5
  • 7. ver 11; Leviticus 19:17; 1Jn 3:10,15,16; 1 John 4:20,21
  • 8. 1 John 1:5
  • 9. 1 John 3:14
  • 10. ver 11; Psalms 119:165
  • 11. S ver 9
  • 12. S 1 John 1:6
  • 13. John 11:9; John 12:35

Footnotes 2

  • [a]. The Greek word for "brother or sister" ("adelphos" ) refers here to a believer, whether man or woman, as part of God’s family; also in verse 11; and in 3:15, 17; 4:20; 5:16.
  • [b]. The Greek word for "brother and sister" ("adelphos" ) refers here to a believer, whether man or woman, as part of God’s family; also in 3:10; 4:20, 21.
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