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1 John 5:7 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is the truth.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— For there are three that testify:
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— For there are three that bear testimony in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit, and these three are one.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— For they that bear witness are three:
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Because, three, are they who are bearing witness—
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— because three are who are testifying [in the heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit, and these—the three—are one;]
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— And there are Three who give testimony in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost. And these three are one.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— For there are three that beare record in heauen, the Father, the Word, and the holy Ghost: and these three are one.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— And there are three that testify,
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— [For there are three that testify in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit: and these three are one.]

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
For 3754
{3754} Prime
ὅτι
hoti
{hot'-ee}
Neuter of G3748 as conjugation; demonstrative that (sometimes redundant); causatively because.
there are 1526
{1526} Prime
εἰσί
eisi
{i-see'}
Third person plural present indicative of G1510; they are.
z5748
<5748> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - No Voice Stated (See G5799)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 1612
three 5140
{5140} Prime
τρεῖς
treis
{trice}
A primary (plural) number; 'three'.
that bear record 3140
{3140} Prime
μαρτυρέω
martureo
{mar-too-reh'-o}
From G3144; to be a witness, that is, testify (literally or figuratively).
z5723
<5723> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Participle (See G5796)
Count - 2549
in 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.
heaven, 3772
{3772} Prime
οὐρανός
ouranos
{oo-ran-os'}
Perhaps from the same as G3735 (through the idea of elevation); the sky; by extension heaven (as the abode of God); by implication happiness, power, eternity; specifically the Gospel (Christianity).
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).
Father, 3962
{3962} Prime
πατήρ
pater
{pat-ayr'}
Apparently a primary word; a 'father' (literally or figuratively, near or more remote).
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).
Word, 3056
{3056} Prime
λόγος
logos
{log'-os}
From G3004; something said (including the thought); by implication a topic (subject of discourse), also reasoning (the mental faculty) or motive; by extension a computation; specifically (with the article in John) the Divine Expression (that is, Christ).
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.
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).
Holy 40
{0040} Prime
ἅγιος
hagios
{hag'-ee-os}
From ἅγος [[hagos]] (an awful thing) compare G0053, [H2282]; sacred (physically pure, morally blameless or religious, ceremonially consecrated).
Ghost: 4151
{4151} Prime
πνεῦμα
pneuma
{pnyoo'-mah}
From G4154; a current of air, that is, breath (blast) or a breeze; by analogy or figuratively a spirit, that is, (human) the rational soul, (by implication) vital principle, mental disposition, etc., or (superhuman) an angel, daemon, or (divine) God, Christ's spirit, the Holy spirit.
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.
these 3778
{3778} Prime
οὗτος
houtos
{hoo'-tos}
Including the nominative masculine plural (second form), nominative feminine signular (third form), and the nominate feminine plural, (fourth form). From the article G3588 and G0846; the he (she or it), that is, this or that (often with the article repeated).
three 5140
{5140} Prime
τρεῖς
treis
{trice}
A primary (plural) number; 'three'.
are 1526
{1526} Prime
εἰσί
eisi
{i-see'}
Third person plural present indicative of G1510; they are.
z5748
<5748> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - No Voice Stated (See G5799)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 1612
one. 1520
{1520} Prime
εἷς
heis
{hice}
(Including the neuter [etc.] ἕν [[hen]]); a primary numeral; one.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

1 John 5:7

_ _ three — Two or three witnesses were required by law to constitute adequate testimony. The only Greek manuscripts in any form which support the words, “in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost, and these three are one; and there are three that bear witness in earth,” are the Montfortianus of Dublin, copied evidently from the modern Latin Vulgate; the Ravianus, copied from the Complutensian Polyglot; a manuscript at Naples, with the words added in the Margin by a recent hand; Ottobonianus, 298, of the fifteenth century, the Greek of which is a mere translation of the accompanying Latin. All the old versions omit the words. The oldest manuscripts of the Vulgate omit them: the earliest Vulgate manuscript which has them being Wizanburgensis, 99, of the eighth century. A scholium quoted in Matthaei, shows that the words did not arise from fraud; for in the words, in all Greek manuscripts “there are three that bear record,” as the Scholiast notices, the word “three” is masculine, because the three things (the Spirit, the water, and the blood) are SYMBOLS OF THE TRINITY. To this Cyprian, 196, also refers, “Of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, it is written, ‘And these three are one’ (a unity).” There must be some mystical truth implied in using “three” (Greek) in the masculine, though the antecedents, “Spirit, water, and blood,” are neuter. That THE TRINITY was the truth meant is a natural inference: the triad specified pointing to a still Higher Trinity; as is plain also from 1 John 5:9, “the witness of God,” referring to the Trinity alluded to in the Spirit, water, and blood. It was therefore first written as a marginal comment to complete the sense of the text, and then, as early at least as the eighth century, was introduced into the text of the Latin Vulgate. The testimony, however, could only be borne on earth to men, not in heaven. The marginal comment, therefore, that inserted “in heaven,” was inappropriate. It is on earth that the context evidently requires the witness of the three, the Spirit, the water, and the blood, to be borne: mystically setting forth the divine triune witnesses, the Father, the Spirit, and the Son. Luecke notices as internal evidence against the words, John never uses “the Father” and “the Word” as correlates, but, like other New Testament writers, associates “the Son” with “the Father,” and always refers “the Word” to “God” as its correlate, not “the Father.” Vigilius, at the end of the fifth century, is the first who quotes the disputed words as in the text; but no Greek manuscript earlier than the fifteenth is extant with them. The term “Trinity” occurs first in the third century in Tertullian [Against Praxeas, 3].

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on 1 John 5:6-9.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

1 John 5:7

What Bengelius has advanced, both concerning the transposition of these two verses, and the authority of the controverted verse, partly in his "Gnomon," and partly in his "Apparatus Criticus," will abundantly satisfy any impartial person. For there are three that testify — Literally, testifying, or bearing witness. The participle is put for the noun witnesses, to intimate that the act of testifying, and the effect of it, are continually present. Properly, persons only can testify; and that three are described testifying on earth, as if they were persons, is elegantly subservient to the three persons testifying in heaven. The Spirit — In the word, confirmed by miracles. The water — Of baptism, wherein we are dedicated to the Son, (with the Father and Spirit,) typifying his spotless purity, and the inward purifying of our nature. And the blood — Represented in the Lord's supper, and applied to the consciences of believer. And these three harmoniously agree in one — In bearing the same testimony, — that Jesus Christ is the divine, the complete, the only Saviour of the world.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

1 John 5:7

For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the (h) Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are (i) one.

(h) See (John 8:13-14)

(i) Agree in one.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
bear:

1 John 5:10-11 He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. ... And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
John 8:13-14 The Pharisees therefore said unto him, Thou bearest record of thyself; thy record is not true. ... Jesus answered and said unto them, Though I bear record of myself, [yet] my record is true: for I know whence I came, and whither I go; but ye cannot tell whence I come, and whither I go.

The Father:

Psalms 33:6 By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.
*Heb:
Isaiah 48:16-17 Come ye near unto me, hear ye this; I have not spoken in secret from the beginning; from the time that it was, there [am] I: and now the Lord GOD, and his Spirit, hath sent me. ... Thus saith the LORD, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I [am] the LORD thy God which teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way [that] thou shouldest go.
Isaiah 61:1 The Spirit of the Lord GOD [is] upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to [them that are] bound;
Matthew 3:16-17 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: ... And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
Matthew 17:5 While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.
Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
John 5:26 For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself;
John 8:18 I am one that bear witness of myself, and the Father that sent me beareth witness of me.
John 8:54 Jesus answered, If I honour myself, my honour is nothing: it is my Father that honoureth me; of whom ye say, that he is your God:
John 10:37-38 If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not. ... But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father [is] in me, and I in him.
John 12:28 Father, glorify thy name. Then came there a voice from heaven, [saying], I have both glorified [it], and will glorify [it] again.
1 Corinthians 12:4-6 Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. ... And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.
2 Corinthians 13:14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, [be] with you all. Amen. [[[The second [epistle] to the Corinthians was written from Philippi, [a city] of Macedonia, by Titus and Lucas.]]]
Revelation 1:4-5 John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace [be] unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne; ... And from Jesus Christ, [who is] the faithful witness, [and] the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,

the Word:

1 John 1:1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
John 1:32-34 And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him. ... And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.
Hebrews 4:12-13 For the word of God [is] quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and [is] a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. ... Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things [are] naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.
Revelation 19:13 And he [was] clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.

the Holy:

1 John 5:6 This is he that came by water and blood, [even] Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth.
Matthew 3:16 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:
John 1:33 And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.
Acts 2:33 Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear.
Acts 5:32 And we are his witnesses of these things; and [so is] also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.
Hebrews 2:3-4 How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard [him]; ... God also bearing [them] witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?

and these:

Deuteronomy 6:4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God [is] one LORD:
Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
John 10:30 I and [my] Father are one.
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"For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one." - This, I believe, is the most hated verse in the Bible! Almost all Bibles leave it out or have put it in footnotes! Let's compare it with 1. Thess. 5:23 "Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely, and may your entire spirit, soul, and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ." Now, God created us in his image. (Gen. 1:26) This way we have a live metaphor of God = Elohim. He says: "let us make man". Elohim is plural, and "us" is plural and nobody can explain it away, not even a Hebrew scholar! I know what they say: It is a "royal" expression! But what about Elohim!? We could also say: "El" or "Elohai", which is my God. El or Al is God in many languages. Now, I will prove you how old this text is, in case you have any doubt! http://textus-receptus.com/wiki/1_John_5:7 Quote: "...the UBS Greek NT (4th ed.) notes that the Comma Johanneum is attested by the Latin church fathers (Cyprian) (d. 258), (Pseudo-Cyprian) (4th century), (Priscillian) (d. 385), the Speculum (5th century), Varimadum (UBS date "445/480"), Pseudo-Vigilius (4th or 5th century), and Fulgentius (d. 533), as well as a few manuscripts." - So, this is new to you? USB4 is the newest our Bibles have been translated from and they put it in footnotes!?!? Why? I say: an evil spirit! Read also 2. Cor. 13:14, Mt. 28:19 These three verses are all of the same nature and have nothing to do with Nicaea 325! Now, still, I have not said, that God and the Holy Ghost are a person, but Jesus was! Let's read what Rev. 3:21 states, which most people have forgotten and only quote v. 20! "To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne." - Three sit on the throne! God, Jesus and those who have overcome! It is all imagery! Imagine, that we, you and I will sit with Jesus on a throne together with his father! It is the Holy Spirit, that is within us, which raised Jesus from the dead, and will do so with us! 1 Cor. 15:44 "It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body." So, our spiritual bodies will sit with God and Jesus on the throne if we overcome! This is the Holy Trinity, the Bible speaks about! If you say, it is untrue, then I will say: then there is also no Bible! Because, Jesus and the Apostles did not know anything of the Bible, that it contains 66 books, 39 in the Old and 27 in the New Testament! 3x9=27! In the middles of the first verse of the Bible we have the word: "AT" - Aleph and Taw. In the beginning God (Elohim) created the heavens and the earth. This reads in Hebrew: Bereshit Elohim “AT” ha sha maim, we ha arez. “AT” means: Aleph and Taw, like Alpha and Omega in Greek and therefore God and Jesus are the A and the O in Rev. 1:8 and 22:13. Have you noticed, that the book of Revelation has 22 chapters as the Hebrew Alphabet! Have you noticed, that the tree of life appears in the second chapter of the Bible and the last chapter of the Bible! The Bible is a book, which is closed in itself. How could Matthew know, that Luke would write a family tree of Jesus!? But both contain them, only, Luke has it in ch. 3 and Matthew in ch. 1! Matthew goes as far back as Abraham and Luke as far back as Adam! Nt. 1:17 So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David until the carrying away into Babylon are fourteen generations; and from the carrying away into Babylon unto Christ are fourteen generations." Three times fourteen! Three seems to be a number, which we need to remember when we thing about God! From Abraham to Adam there are twenty generations. Did you count them before as I just did? Ok. It is correct. https://www.bibleserver.com/text/NIV/Luke3 Jesus stems from Methuselah, which was the oldest person on earth: 969 years. Jesus was a Semite. Jesus was a son of Enoch (who was raptured to heaven straight away and after whom the famous but bad book of Enoch is named - I say bad, because it tells lies.) So, what did Jesus say about three in one? John. 17:21 "...that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you." One in the Spirit! I help you how you can compare the Holy Spirit! Rev. 22:17 "The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!”" - So, if the bride is a person, then the Holy Spirit also is a person! Have I said he is a person? No! I only reasoned! Why? Because, have you ever seen a bride as a ghost!? A bride always is a person. Son, when the bride, which is imagery of the Bible again, is a person, then the imagery of the Holy Spirit is true also! In Hebrew we speak of the Shekinah שכינה‎‎ Glory. https://youtu.be/b9RP4ugHbQ4?list=PLxHkdEXvO_4ySGcJQNvSzaKFgs_5oA-wA
- christof bucherer M.Div. (7/13/2017 2:21:54 PM)
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