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1 John 5:2 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Hereby we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and do his commandments.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and observe His commandments.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Hereby know we that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep his commandments.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Hereby, perceive we, that we love the children of God, as soon as, God, we love, and, his commandments, we are doing.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— in this we know that we love the children of God, when we may love God, and His commands may keep;
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— In this we know that we love the children of God: when we love God and keep his commandments.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— By this wee know that wee loue the children of God, when we loue God and keepe his commandements.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— And by this we know that we love the children of Aloha, when we love Aloha, and work his commandments.
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— And by this we know, that we love the children of God, when we love God, and follow his commandments.

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
By 1722
{1722} Prime
ἐν
en
{en}
A primary preposition denoting (fixed) position (in place, time or state), and (by implication) instrumentality (medially or constructively), that is, a relation of rest (intermediate between G1519 and G1537); 'in', at, (up-) on, by, etc.
this 5129
{5129} Prime
τούτῳ
touto
{too'-to}
Dative singular masculine or neuter of G3778; to (in, with or by) this (person or thing).
we know 1097
{1097} Prime
γινώσκω
ginosko
{ghin-oce'-ko}
A prolonged form of a primary verb; to 'know' (absolutely), in a great variety of applications and with many implications (as shown at left, with others not thus clearly expressed).
z5719
<5719> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 3019
that 3754
{3754} Prime
ὅτι
hoti
{hot'-ee}
Neuter of G3748 as conjugation; demonstrative that (sometimes redundant); causatively because.
we love 25
{0025} Prime
ἀγαπάω
agapao
{ag-ap-ah'-o}
Perhaps from ἄγαν [[agan]] (much; or compare [H5689]); to love (in a social or moral sense).
z5719
<5719> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 3019
the x3588
(3588) Complement

ho
{ho}
The masculine, feminine (second) and neuter (third) forms, in all their inflections; the definite article; the (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom).
children 5043
{5043} Prime
τέκνον
teknon
{tek'-non}
From the base of G5098; a child (as produced).
of God, 2316
{2316} Prime
θεός
theos
{theh'-os}
Of uncertain affinity; a deity, especially (with G3588) the supreme Divinity; figuratively a magistrate; by Hebraism very.
when 3752
{3752} Prime
ὅταν
hotan
{hot'-an}
From G3753 and G0302; whenever (implying hypothesis or more or less uncertainty); also causative (conjugationally) inasmuch as.
we love 25
{0025} Prime
ἀγαπάω
agapao
{ag-ap-ah'-o}
Perhaps from ἄγαν [[agan]] (much; or compare [H5689]); to love (in a social or moral sense).
z5719
<5719> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 3019
God, 2316
{2316} Prime
θεός
theos
{theh'-os}
Of uncertain affinity; a deity, especially (with G3588) the supreme Divinity; figuratively a magistrate; by Hebraism very.
and 2532
{2532} Prime
καί
kai
{kahee}
Apparently a primary particle, having a copulative and sometimes also a cumulative force; and, also, even, so, then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words.
keep 5083
{5083} Prime
τηρέω
tereo
{tay-reh'-o}
From τηρός [[teros]] (a watch; perhaps akin to G2334); to guard (from loss or injury, properly by keeping the eye upon; and thus differing from G5442, which is properly to prevent escaping; and from G2892, which implies a fortress or full military lines of apparatus), that is, to note (a prophecy; figuratively to fulfil a command); by implication to detain (in custody; figuratively to maintain); by extension to withhold (for personal ends; figuratively to keep unmarried).
z5725
<5725> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Subjunctive (See G5792)
Count - 352
his y846
[0846] Standard
αὐτός
autos
{ow-tos'}
From the particle αὖ [[au]] (perhaps akin to the base of G0109 through the idea of a baffling wind; backward); the reflexive pronoun self, used (alone or in the compound of G1438) of the third person, and (with the proper personal pronoun) of the other persons.
x848
(0848) Complement
αὑτοῦ
hautou
{how-too'}
Contraction for G1438; self (in some oblique case or reflexive relation).
commandments. 1785
{1785} Prime
ἐντολή
entole
{en-tol-ay'}
From G1781; injunction, that is, an authoritative prescription.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

1 John 5:2

_ _ ByGreek, “In.” As our love to the brethren is the sign and test of our love to God, so (John here says) our love to God (tested by our “keeping his commandments”) is, conversely, the ground and only true basis of love to our brother.

_ _ we know — John means here, not the outward criteria of genuine brotherly love, but the inward spiritual criteria of it, consciousness of love to God manifested in a hearty keeping of His commandments. When we have this inwardly and outwardly confirmed love to God, we can know assuredly that we truly love the children of God.Love to one’s brother is prior, according to the order of nature (see on 1 John 4:20); love to God is so, according to the order of grace (1 John 5:2). At one time the former is more immediately known, at another time the latter, according as the mind is more engaged in human relations or in what concerns the divine honor” [Estius]. John shows what true love is, namely, that which is referred to God as its first object. As previously John urged the effect, so now he urges the cause. For he wishes mutual love to be so cultivated among us, as that God should always be placed first [Calvin].

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on 1 John 5:1-5.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

1 John 5:2

Hereby we know — This is a plain proof. That we love the children of God — As his children.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

1 John 5:2

(2) By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his (c) commandments.

(2) The love of our neighbour depends on the love with which we love God, that this last must go before the first: of which it follows, that that is not to be called love, when men agree together to do evil, neither that, when as in loving our neighbours, we do not respect God's commandments.

(c) There is no love where there is no true doctrine.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

1 John 3:22-24 And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight. ... And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.
1 John 4:21 And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.
John 13:34-35 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. ... By this shall all [men] know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
John 15:17 These things I command you, that ye love one another.
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