1 John 5:8

“And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And there are three that beare witnesse in earth, the Spirit, and the Water, and the Blood, and these three agree in one.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

the Spirit and the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

For there are three who bear witness, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and the three agree in one.
- American Standard Version (1901)

There are three witnesses, the Spirit, the water, and the blood: and all three are in agreement.
- Basic English Bible

the Spirit, and the water, and the blood; and the three agree in one.
- Darby Bible

And there are three that bear testimony on earth, the spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.
- Webster's Bible

and there is complete agreement between these three.
- Weymouth Bible

the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and the three agree as one.
- World English Bible

`And thre ben, that yyuen witnessing in erthe, the spirit, water, and blood; and these thre ben oon.
- Wycliffe Bible

and three are who are testifying in the earth], the Spirit, and the water, and the blood, and the three are into the one.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 John 5:8


5:8 And there are three that testify in heaven - The testimony of the Spirit, the water, and the blood, is by an eminent gradation corroborated by three, who give a still greater testimony. The Father - Who clearly testified of the Son, both at his baptism and at his transfiguration. The Word - Who testified of himself on many occasions, while he was on earth; and again, with still greater solemnity, after his ascension into heaven, #Rev 1:5|; #Rev 19:13|. And the Spirit - Whose testimony was added chiefly after his glorification, #1Jo 2:27; Joh 15:26; Ac 5:32; Ro 8:16|. And these three are one - Even as those two, the Father and the Son, are one, #John 10:30|. Nothing can separate the Spirit from the Father and the Son. If he were not one with the Father and the Son, the apostle ought to have said, The Father and the Word, who are one, and the Spirit, are two. But this is contrary to the whole tenor of revelation. It remains that these three are one. They are one in essence, in knowledge, in will, and in their testimony. It is observable, the three in the one verse are opposed, not conjointly, but severally, to the three in the other: as if he had said, Not only the Spirit testifies, but also the Father, #John 5:37|; not only the water, but also the Word, #John 3:11|,#John 10:41|; not only the blood, but also the Holy Ghost, #John 15:26|, &c. It must now appear, to every reasonable man, how absolutely necessary the eighth verse is #1Jo 5:8|. St. John could not think of the testimony of the Spirit, and water, and blood, and subjoin, The testimony of God is greater, without thinking also of the testimony of the Son and Holy Ghost; yea, and mentioning it in so solemn an enumeration. Nor can any possible reason be devised, why, without three testifying in heaven, he should enumerate three, and no more, who testify on earth. The testimony of all is given on earth, not in heaven; but they who testify are part on earth, part in heaven. The witnesses who are on earth testify chiefly concerning his abode on earth, though not excluding his state of exaltation: the witnesses who are in heaven testify chiefly concerning his glory at God's right hand, though not excluding his state of humiliation. The seventh verse, therefore, with the sixth, #1Jo 5:7|,6 contains a recapitulation of the whole economy of Christ, from his baptism to pentecost; the eighth, #1Jo 5:8 the sum of the| divine economy, from the time of his exaltation. Hence it farther appears, that this position of the seventh #1Jo 5:7|,8 and eighth verses, which places those who testify on earth before those who testify in heaven, is abundantly preferable to the other, and affords a gradation admirably suited to the subject.


People's Bible Notes for 1 John 5:8


1Jo 5:8 There are three that bear testimony. For notes on how these three (the water, blood, and Spirit) bear witness, see 1Jo 5:6. These three agree in one. They bear testimony to the same end.

Discussion for 1 John 5

  • Stan Holland
    1John5:7 is so easy to understand. Most people are searching for contradict of the word. John 14:26 tells the comforter is the Word of God Hebrews 13:8 christ never changes The father the word and Holy Spirit never changes his mind on sin. Study to show thyself approve
  • Steve morrow
    2 CORINTHIANS 13:5 EXAMINE YOURSELVES WHETHER YOU BE IN THE FAITH PROVE YOUR OWNSELVES --- KNOW YOU NOT --- YOUR OWNSELVES TAT JESUS CHRIST IS IN YOU EXCEPT YOU BE REPROBATES JOHN 6:63 IT IS THE SPIRIT THAT QUICKENETH THE FLESH PROFITETH NOTHING THE WORDS THAT-- I SPEAK --UNTO YOU THEY ARE SPIRIT AND THEY ARE LIFE
  • Hosea Bar Gonz
    For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one.
    God (Elohim, 3) is One; In one mind and one accord, there is no discord amongst them. Example: A man, a woman are two, but when they get married they are one. Father sits on His throne, Jesus sits on His right hand, and the Holy Spirit is at work on earth. Have Faith
  • Steve morrow
    1 JOHN 5:2 BY THIS WE KNOW THAT WE LOVE THE CHILDREN OF GOD WHEN WE LOVE GOD AND KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS 1 JOHN 4:6 WE ARE OF GOD HE THAT KNOWETH GOD HEARETH US HE THAT IS NOT OF GOD HEARETH US NOT HEREBY KNOW WE THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH AND THE SPIRIT OF ERROR PSALM 44:21 SHALL NOT GOD SEARCH THIS OUT FOR HE KNOWETH THE SECRETS OF THE HEART JOHN 14:15 IF YOU LOVE ME KEEP MY COMMANDENTS
  • Alex
    the 1st glimpse of the kingdom, the trinity was in the ark of the covenant IN THE MOST HOLYPLACE where the father dwelt between tHE 2 churibim oF GLORY,GOD WD NOT SHARE HIS GLORY WITH THE 2 CHURIBIM UNLESS THEY WERE ALL RELATED AS FATHER SON AND GRANSON JUST AS JESSE DAVID AND SOLOMON WERE ALL RELATED AS FATHER SON AND GRANSON BUT 1 KINGDOM also abraham isaac and jacob were father son and granson
  • Alex
    Abraham means exaulted father he was a type of God the father in that he offered up his only son isaac a type of christ then came Jacob the granson type of tHE H.G. God used this Abrahamic trinity to initiate the NATION OF ISRAEL just as the heavenly trinity will initiate the Israel of GOD meaning the PROMISE, THE MULTIPLICATION OF VERY GOD IN HUMANITY, Twas jacobs name that was changed to Israel

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