1 John 5:7

“For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For there are three that beare record in heauen, the Father, the Word, and the holy Ghost: and these three are one.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

For there are three that testify:
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is the truth.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And the Spirit is the witness, because the Spirit is true.
- Basic English Bible

For they that bear witness are three:
- Darby Bible

For there are three that bear testimony in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit, and these three are one.
- Webster's Bible

For there are three that give testimony-- the Spirit, the water, and the blood;
- Weymouth Bible

For there are three who testify:
- World English Bible

For thre ben, that yyuen witnessing in heuene, the Fadir, the Sone, and the Hooli Goost; and these thre ben oon.
- Wycliffe Bible

because three are who are testifying [in the heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit, and these -- the three -- are one;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 John 5:7


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.


People's Bible Notes for 1 John 5:7


1Jo 5:7 There are three that bear record in heaven, etc. This verse is not found in the Revised Version or in any ancient MS. It is no doubt an interpolation.

Discussion for 1 John 5

  • Wayne
    It is written. Luke 12:6. Read and believe!
  • Sam
    Why do you use a question mark at the end of the verse?
  • Eric
    Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? And they fell upon their faces, and said, O God, the God of the spirits of all flesh, shall one man sin, and wilt thou be wroth with all the congregation? O thou that hearest prayer, unto thee shall all flesh come. My mouth shall speak the praise of the LORD: and let all flesh bless his holy name for ever and ever. And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh. Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me? Be silent, O all flesh, before the LORD: for he is raised up out of his holy habitation. These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me for they are thine. While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition that the scripture might be fulfilled. And all flesh shall see the salvation of God. And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.
  • Luca
    I am blessed it reminds us about the hope we have in Christ our Lord that we must hold on even though its hard to keep focus.thank you
  • Victor
    God has shown himself to me in my life events more than once. Many many times I can look back and know for sure it was him helping me. I also know that everything we get is through our LORD JESUS his beloved son who die for us and was risen on the third day by God our father. Glory to God ,the Lord JEsus and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever. AMEN God bless you all, and yes we have eternal life in Jesus our saviuor
  • Esther
    Had to read the whole text. The quote is rather puzzling, having the question mark in the middle of it. John didn't doubt his words and, gladly, neither do I.