New American Standard Bible
The one who says he is in the Light and yet hates his brother is in the darkness until now.
King James Bible
He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now.
Darby Bible Translation
He who says he is in the light, and hates his brother, is in the darkness until now.
World English Bible
He who says he is in the light and hates his brother, is in the darkness even until now.
Young's Literal Translation
he who is saying, in the light he is, and his brother is hating, in the darkness he is till now;
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
He that saith he is in the light - That he has true religion, or is a Christian. See 1 John 1:7.
And hateth his brother - The word "brother" seems here to refer to those who professed the same religion. The word is indeed sometimes used in a larger sense, but the reference here appears to be to that which is properly brotherly love among Christians. Compare Lucke, in loc.
Is in darkness even until now - That is, he cannot have true religion unless he has love to the brethren. The command to love one another was one of the most solemn and earnest which Christ ever enjoined, John 15:17; he made it the special badge of discipleship, or that by which his followers were to be everywhere known, John 13:35; and it is, therefore, impossible to have any true religion without love to those who are sincerely and truly his followers. If a man has not that, he is in deep darkness, whatever else he may have, on the whole subject of religion. Compare the notes at 1 Thessalonians 4:9.
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'You shall not hate your fellow countryman in your heart; you may surely reprove your neighbor, but shall not incur sin because of him.
2 Samuel 13:22
But Absalom did not speak to Amnon either good or bad; for Absalom hated Amnon because he had violated his sister Tamar.
At this time Peter stood up in the midst of the brethren (a gathering of about one hundred and twenty persons was there together), and said,
1 John 2:11
But the one who hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going because the darkness has blinded his eyes.
1 John 3:10
By this the children of God and the children of the devil are obvious: anyone who does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor the one who does not love his brother.
1 John 3:15
Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer; and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.
1 John 3:16
We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
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