The Johannine Comma (1 John 5:1-8)

1 John 5:7 (KJV) For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.

1 John 5:7 (ESV) For there are three that testify:

1 John 5:7 (NASB) For there are three that testify:

1 John 5:7 (HCSB) For there are three that testify:

1 John 5:7 (NIV) For there are three that testify:

1 John 5:7 (KJV) For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.

the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.

I. THE ISSUE WITH 1 JOHN 5:7

a. It only appears in the KJV

b. It only appears in a few manuscripts

“The Translators to the Reader,”

some readers [may] have misgivings about the alternative renderings suggested in the margin, on the ground that they may appear to shake the authority of Scripture in deciding points of controversy.

perfection is never attainable by man, but the word of God may be recognized in the very meanest translation of the Bible, just as the king’s speech addressed to Parliament remains the king’s speech when translated into other languages than that in which it was spoken, even if it be not translated word for word, and even if some of the renderings are capable of improvement.

The whole history of Bible translation in any language, is a history of repeated revision and correction.

“a history of repeated revision and correction.”

II. THE ISSUE OF MANUSCRIPTS

a. The problem of differing manuscripts

Not one of these variants disturbs any article of the Christian faith- Johann Albrecht Bengel

fi yuo cna raed tihs, yuo hvae a sgtrane mnid too Cna yuo raed tihs? Olny 55 plepoe out of 100 can. i cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg.

The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno’t mtaetr in waht oerdr the ltteres in a wrod are, the olny iproamtnt tihng is taht the frsit and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae.

The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it whotuit a pboerlm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe.

b. The process of textual criticism

On the same day he saw a man working on the Sabbath he said to him, “man if on the one hand you know what you are doing; you are blessed. But if on the other hand you do not know, you are cursed and a transgressor of the law”

c. The procedure of textual criticism

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