Verses to review today: 1 John 5:1-8
New Verse: 1 John 5:9
If we receive the testimony of men, the testimony of God is greater, for this is the testimony of God that he has borne concerning his Son. (ESV)
If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son. (KJV)
Greek: εἰ τὴν μαρτυρίαν τῶν ἀνθρώπων λαμβάνομεν, ἡ μαρτυρία τοῦ θεοῦ μείζων ἐστίν• ὅτι αὕτη ἐστὶν ἡ μαρτυρία τοῦ θεοῦ ὅτι μεμαρτύρηκεν περὶ τοῦ υἱοῦ αὐτοῦ.
Transliterated Greek: ei tēn martyrian tōn anthrōpōn lambanomen, hē martyria tou theou meizōn estin. hoti hautē estin hē martyria tou theou hoti memartyrēken peri tou huiou autou.
Literal Word for Word Translation: if we receive the testimony of men, the testimony of God is greater, because this is the testimony of God that he has testified concerning his Son.
Vocab: ἀνθρώπων, anthrōpōn, men; λαμβάνομεν, lambanomen, we receive; μείζων, meizōn, greater; περὶ, peri, upon/concerning.
Commentary: We will often listen to men who we find trustworthy and we have the testimony of the apostles, but God’s witness is greater because He testified at Jesus’ baptism, and at His crucifixon by the resurrection, and by His Spirit who convicts and brings about faith.