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1 John 5:2

Context
NETBible

By this 1  we know that we love the children of God: whenever we love God and obey his commandments.

XREF

Joh 13:34,35; Joh 15:17; 1Jo 3:22-24; 1Jo 4:21

NET © Notes

tn Once more there is the familiar difficulty of determining whether the phrase refers (1) to what precedes or (2) to what follows. Here, because ἐν τούτῳ (en toutw) is followed by a clause introduced by ὅταν (Jotan) which appears to be related, it is best to understand ἐν τούτῳ as referring to what follows. The following ὅταν clause is epexegetical to ἐν τούτῳ, explaining how we know that we love God’s children: “by this we know that we love God’s children, whenever we love God and keep his commandments.”



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