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

  • Troy hardy
    I love all of John's Writing s
  • Steve morrow
    2 CORINTHIANS 4:1THEREFORE SEEING WE HAVE THIS MINISTRY AS WE HAVE RECEIVED MERCY WE FAINT NOT --4:2-- BUT HAVE RENOUNCED THE HIDDEN THINGS OF DISHONESTY NOT WALKING IN CRAFTINESS --- NOT HANDLING THE WORD OF GOD DECEITFULLY --- BUT BY MANIFESTATION OF THE TRUTH COMMENDING OURSELVES TO EVERYMANS CONSCIENCE IN THE SIGHT OF GOD LUKE 4:9 AND he BROUGHT HIM TO JERUSALEM AND SET HIM ON A PINNACLE OF THE TEMPLE AND SAID UNTO HIM IF THOU BE THE SON OF GOD CAST THYSELF DOWN FROM HENCE --4:10-- FOR IT IS WRITTEN HE SHALL GIVE HIS ANGELS CHARGE OVER THEE TO KEEP THEE --4:11-- AND IN THEIR HANDS THEY SHALL BEAR THEE UP LEST AT ANY TIME THOU DASH THY FOOT AGAINST A STONE --4:12-- AND JESUS ANSWERING SAID UNTO him IT IS SAID THOU SHALT NOT TEMPT THE LORD THY GOD
  • Steve morrow
    EPHESIANS 4:24 AND THAT YOU PUT ON THE NEW MAN WHICH AFTER GOD IS CREATED IN RIGHTEOUSNESS AND TRUE HOLINESS TITUS 3:3 FOR WE OURSELVES ALSO ---WERE --- SOMETIMES FOOLISH --- DISOBEDIENT --- DECEIVED SERVING DIVERSE LUSTS AND PLEASURES LIVING IN MALICE AND ENVY HATEFUL AND HATING ONE ANOTHER COLOSSIANS 3:9 LIE NOT ONE TO ANOTHER SEEING THAT YOU HAVE PUT OFF THE OLD MAN WITH HIS DEEDS --3:10-- AND HAVE PUT ON THE NEW MAN WHICH IS --RENEWED IN KNOWLEDGE--AFTER THE IMAGE OF HIM THAT CREATED HIM JAMES 4:8 DRAW NIGH TO GOD AND HE WILL DRAW NIGH UNTO YOU CLEANSE YOUR HANDS YOU SINNERS AND PURIFY YOUR HEARTS YOU DOUBLE MINDED 1 JOHN 2:19 THEY WENT OUT FROM US BUT THEY WERE NOT OF US FOR IF THEY HAD BEEN OF US THEY WOULD NO DOUBT HAVE CONTINUED WITH US BUT THEY WENT OUT THAT THEY MIGHT BE MADE MANIFEST THAT THEY WERE NOT ALL OF US 1 THESSALONIANS 4:7 FOR GOD HATH NOT CALLED US UNTO UNCLEANNESS BUT UNTO HOLINESS
  • Bookreadingismything
    Please cleanse and renew me, O Lord.
  • Yacob
    I believe that the Jesus most people worship in America is as Paul stated to the Corinthians "another Jesus." who is in reality a Deist, a racist, a sexist and a leader of the cause against antisemitism. A political and economical strategist. His kingdom is a corpratocracy. He conquerors the world by way of bloodshed. He is indeed an Antichrist, and is greed is his creed.

  • Julia Peterson
    v6:If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: Although I've read this many times, I always tried to justify my sins. Thank God for another chance. I choose Jesus , I have surrendered ALL! Hallelujah! Once we have given our lives to Christ sin has to go. It's either we love Jesus or we love our sin. Help us Lord.

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