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;”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

That which was from þe beginning, which wee haue heard, which wee haue seene with our eyes, which wee haue looked vpon, and our hands haue handled of the word of life.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the Word of Life--
- New American Standard Version (1995)

That which was from the beginning, that which we have heard, that which we have seen with our eyes, that which we beheld, and our hands handled, concerning the Word of life
- American Standard Version (1901)

That which was from the first, which has come to our ears, and which we have seen with our eyes, looking on it and touching it with our hands, about the Word of life
- Basic English Bible

That which was from [the] beginning, that which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes; that which we contemplated, and our hands handled, concerning the word of life;
- Darby Bible

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;
- Webster's Bible

That which was from the beginning, which we have listened to, which we have seen with our own eyes, and our own hands have handled concerning the Word of Life--
- Weymouth Bible

That which was from the beginning, that which we have heard, that which we have seen with our eyes, that which we saw, and our hands touched, concerning the Word of life
- World English Bible

That thing that was fro the bigynnyng, which we herden, which we sayn with oure iyen, which we bihelden, and oure hondis touchiden, of the word of lijf; and the lijf is schewid.
- Wycliffe Bible

That which was from the beginning, that which we have heard, that which we have seen with our eyes, that which we did behold, and our hands did handle, concerning the Word of the Life --
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 John 1:1


1:1 That which was - Here means, He which was the Word himself; afterwards it means, that which they had heard from him. Which was - Namely, with the Father, ver.#2|, before he was manifested. From the beginning - This phrase is sometimes used in a limited sense; but here it properly means from eternity, being equivalent with, in the beginning, #John 1:1|. That which we - The apostles. Have not only heard, but seen with our eyes, which we have beheld - Attentively considered on various occasions. Of the Word of life - He is termed the Word, #John 1:1|; the Life, #John 1:4|; as he is the living Word of God, who, with the Father and the Spirit, is the fountain of life to all creatures, particularly of spiritual and eternal life.


People's Bible Notes for 1 John 1:1


1Jo 1:1 Fellowship with God SUMMARY OF I JOHN 1: The Word of Life. Eternal Life Manifested. God Is Light. Those in Fellowship with Him Must Walk in the Light. That which was from the beginning. Compare Joh 1:1. See notes there. Compare also Ge 1:1. The Word, manifested as Christ, was from the beginning. Which we have heard, . . . looked upon, . . . handled. In its incarnate form in the person of Jesus Christ. The Word of life. Christ, the revealed Word, when He became flesh and dwelt among men; "in him was life" (Joh 1:14,4).

Discussion for 1 John 1

  • A disciple
    Hi Vanessa; Yes, it is a mystery how God could love us, beyond is hatred of what we have become because of sins and the spiritual darkness keeping the world in bondage to the heathen and Satan! Whenever the Lord taught about seeking that which was lost; (a coin, a sheep, a son); that's what so touches me and makes me wonder at Him! Sadly, but a few will find that kind of touch and be saved!
  • Vanessa
    to truly understand why Christ came and to die for us sinners, once we except him faithfully and then we shall sin no more as he told the woman to go and sin no more , I love the Lord Jesus, and as in psalms 103 remember his covenant, and for us that remember his commandments. Pray for all so that their eyes be opened, so they may live a blessed life filled with grace Amen
  • Wayne
    Christians aren't prone to sinning. That's why the begotten Son of God died on the cross. He cancelled sin in spirit and the flesh. Christians are to purify themselves as in 1 John 3: 1-3. 1 John 3: 6 states He that abideth in Him sinneth not, he that sinneth hath not seen Him neither known Him.
  • Willa
    If we walk in the in the light of his word others see it and we are good steward. We must be humble and realize we need to go directly to the source, our Savior and His word and not relie on others who may or may mot have learned faults teaching.
  • Camelia
    Thank you Jesus for your sacrifice on the cross.I want to know you more and have a closer walk with you. I redeticated my life to you this day. I repent of my sins and ask you to teach me your ways so that my family and others can see you in me.
  • Word
    CDS I found that If you read the scriptures read them in the simplicity that Christ teaches. Don't listen to preachers and if someone tells you he is ordained or says he is a minister, walk away because they preach what they are told and then they begin to believe what they get fed from their main office thats putting out. Listen to Christ get an old 1972 or before Exhaustive Strong's Concordance.

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