English Standard Version
the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us—
King James Bible
(For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)
American Standard Version
(and the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare unto you the life, the eternal life , which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us);
For the life was manifested; and we have seen and do bear witness, and declare unto you the life eternal, which was with the Father, and hath appeared to us:
English Revised Version
(and the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare unto you the life, the eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us);
Webster's Bible Translation
(For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and testify, and show to you that eternal life which was with the Father, and was manifested to us;)
Weymouth New Testament
the Life was manifested, and we have seen and bear witness, and we declare unto you the Life of the Ages which was with the Father and was manifested to us--
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CommentaryVincent's Word Studies
The Life (ἡ ζωὴ)
The Word Himself who is the Life. Compare John 14:6; John 5:26; 1 John 5:11, 1 John 5:12. Life expresses the nature of the Word (John 1:4). The phrase, the Life, besides being equivalent to the Word, also indicates, like the Truth and the Light, an aspect of His being.
Was manifested (ἐφανερώθη)
See on John 21:1. Corresponding with the Word was made flesh (John 1:14). The two phrases, however, present different aspects of the same truth. The Word became flesh, contemplates simply the historic fact of incarnation. The life was manifested, sets forth the unfolding of that fact in the various operations of life. The one denotes the objective process of the incarnation as such, the other the result of that process as related to human capacity of receiving and understanding it. "The reality of the incarnation would be undeclared if it were said, 'The Life became flesh.' The manifestation of the Life was a consequence of the incarnation of the Word, but it is not coextensive with it" (Westcott).
Have seen - bear witness - shew
Three ideas in the apostolic message: experience, testimony, announcement.
See on John 1:7.
Better, as Rev., declare. See on John 16:25. So here. The message comes from (ἀπὸ) God.
That eternal life (τὴν ζωὴν τὴν αἰώνιον)
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In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
In him was life, and the life was the light of men.
I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.
And you also will bear witness, because you have been with me from the beginning.
And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.
He who saw it has borne witness--his testimony is true, and he knows that he is telling the truth--that you also may believe.
1 John 1:1
That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life--
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