English Standard Version
And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments.
King James Bible
And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.
American Standard Version
And hereby we know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.
And by this we know that we have known him, if we keep his commandments.
English Revised Version
And hereby know we that we know him, if we keep his commandments.
Webster's Bible Translation
And by this we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.
Weymouth New Testament
And by this we may know that we know Him--if we obey His commands.
1 John 2:3 Parallel
CommentaryVincent's Word Studies
Hereby (ἐν τούτῳ)
Lit., in this. Characteristic of John. See John 8:35; John 15:8; John 16:30; 1 John 2:5; 1 John 3:24; 1 John 4:13; 1 John 5:2; 1 John 3:16; 1 John 3:19; 1 John 4:2. The expression points to what follows, "if we keep His commandments," yet with a covert reference to that idea as generally implied in the previous words concerning fellowship with God and walking in the light.
We know (γινώσκομεν)
Or, perceive. By experience, from day to day; distinguished from οἴδαμεν we know, expressing absolute, immediate knowledge of a fact once for all. Compare 1 John 3:2.
That we know (ὅτι ἐγνώκαμεν)
Or, more literally, have come to know. John does not use the compound forms ἐπιγινώσκειν and ἐπίγνωσις (see on Matthew 7:16. See Luke 1:4; Acts 4:13; Romans 1:28; Ephesians 1:17, etc.), nor the kindred word γνῶσις knowledge (Luke 1:77; Romans 2:20, etc.).
We keep His commandments (τὰς ἐντολὰς αὐτοῦ τηρῶμεν)
A phrase peculiar to John and occurring elsewhere only Matthew 19:17; 1 Timothy 6:14. In 1 Corinthians 7:19, we find τήρησις ἐντολῶν the keeping of the commandments. On τηρέω to keep, see on 1 Peter 1:5.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
"If you love me, you will keep my commandments.
If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and abide in his love.
1 John 2:4
Whoever says "I know him" but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him,
1 John 2:5
but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him:
1 John 2:13
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. I write to you, children, because you know the Father.
1 John 3:6
No one who abides in him keeps on sinning; no one who keeps on sinning has either seen him or known him.
1 John 3:22
and whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him.
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