1 John 2:8
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English Standard Version
At the same time, it is a new commandment that I am writing to you, which is true in him and in you, because the darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining.

King James Bible
Again, a new commandment I write unto you, which thing is true in him and in you: because the darkness is past, and the true light now shineth.

American Standard Version
Again, a new commandment write I unto you, which thing is true in him and in you; because the darkness is passing away, and the true light already shineth.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Again a new commandment I write unto you, which thing is true both in him and in you; because the darkness is passed, and the true light now shineth.

English Revised Version
Again, a new commandment write I unto you, which thing is true in him and in you; because the darkness is passing away, and the true light already shineth.

Webster's Bible Translation
Again, a new commandment I write to you, which thing is true in him and in you: because the darkness is past, and the true light now shineth.

Weymouth New Testament
And yet I *am* giving you a new command, for such it really is, so far as both He and you are concerned: because the darkness is now passing away and the light, the true light, is already beginning to shine.

1 John 2:8 Parallel
Commentary
Vincent's Word Studies

New commandment

The commandment of love is both old and new. Old, because John's readers have had it from the beginning of their Christian experience. New, because, in the unfolding of Christian experience, it has developed new power, meaning, and obligation, and closer correspondence "with the facts of Christ's life, with the crowning mystery of His passion, and with the facts of the Christian life."

Which thing is true (ὅ ἐστιν ἀληθὲς)

The expression which thing, or that which, refers either to the commandment of love, or to the fact stated, viz., that the old commandment is new. The fact that the old commandment is new is true in Him and in us. On the whole I prefer this.

In Him and in us

For us, read you. The fact that the old commandment is new, is true in Him (Christ), since He gave it as a new commandment, and illustrated it by His word and example. It is true in you, since you did not receive it until Christ gave it, and since the person and life of Christ are appealing to you in new lights and with fresh power as your Christian life develops. In Him, points back to as He walked.

Because

Explaining the apparent paradox.

The darkness (ἡ σκοτία)

See on John 1:5. God is light; and whatever is not in fellowship with God is therefore darkness. In all cases where the word is not used of physical darkness, it means moral insensibility to the divine light; moral blindness or obtuseness. Compare John 8:12; John 12:35, John 12:46; 1 John 2:9, 1 John 2:11.

Is past (παράγεται)

Wrong. The passing is not represented as accomplished, but as in progress. Rev., rightly rendering the present tense, is passing away.

The true light (τὸ φῶς τὸ ἀληθινὸν)

Lit., the light, the true (light). See on that eternal life (1 John 1:2). True, not as distinguished from false, but as answering to the true ideal. See on John 1:9. The true light is the revelation of God in Christ. See on 1 John 1:5.

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1 John 2:8 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

a new.

1 John 4:21 And this commandment have we from him, That he who loves God love his brother also.

John 13:34 A new commandment I give to you, That you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.

John 15:12 This is my commandment, That you love one another, as I have loved you.

which.

1 John 3:14-16 We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brothers. He that loves not his brother stays in death...

1 John 4:11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.

John 15:12-15 This is my commandment, That you love one another, as I have loved you...

2 Corinthians 8:9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor...

Ephesians 5:1,2 Be you therefore followers of God, as dear children...

1 Peter 1:21 Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.

1 Peter 4:1-3 For as much then as Christ has suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind...

the darkness.

Songs 2:11,12 For, see, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone...

Isaiah 9:2 The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death...

Isaiah 60:1-3 Arise, shine; for your light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen on you...

Matthew 4:16 The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.

Luke 1:79 To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.

John 12:46 I am come a light into the world, that whoever believes on me should not abide in darkness.

Acts 17:30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commands all men every where to repent:

Acts 26:18 To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God...

Romans 13:12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.

2 Corinthians 4:4-6 In whom the god of this world has blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ...

Ephesians 5:8 For you were sometimes darkness, but now are you light in the Lord: walk as children of light:

1 Thessalonians 5:5-8 You are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness...

and the.

Psalm 27:1 The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

Psalm 36:9 For with you is the fountain of life: in your light shall we see light.

Psalm 84:11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.

Malachi 4:2 But to you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and you shall go forth...

John 1:4,5,9 In him was life; and the life was the light of men...

John 8:12 Then spoke Jesus again to them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that follows me shall not walk in darkness...

John 12:35 Then Jesus said to them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness come on you...

2 Timothy 1:10 But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ, who has abolished death...

Cross References
John 1:9
The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.

John 13:34
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.

Romans 13:12
The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light.

Ephesians 5:8
for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light

1 Thessalonians 5:4
But you are not in darkness, brothers, for that day to surprise you like a thief.

1 Thessalonians 5:5
For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness.

1 John 3:23
And this is his commandment, that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us.

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