1 John 2:10 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

1 John 2:10, NIV: Anyone who loves their brother and sister lives in the light, and there is nothing in them to make them stumble.

1 John 2:10, ESV: Whoever loves his brother abides in the light, and in him there is no cause for stumbling.

1 John 2:10, KJV: He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him.

1 John 2:10, NASB: The one who loves his brother and sister remains in the Light, and there is nothing in him to cause stumbling.

1 John 2:10, NLT: Anyone who loves another brother or sister is living in the light and does not cause others to stumble.

1 John 2:10, CSB: The one who loves his brother or sister remains in the light, and there is no cause for stumbling in him.

What does 1 John 2:10 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

John continues his discussion from previous verses. Love for one another is evidence of a close relationship to Christ. The believer who loves his brother abides or remains in the light, which is Christ. Those who do not, in contrast, are in darkness—they are at minimum failing to obey Christ's commands.

The person who loves his brother has "no cause for stumbling." This phrase closely resembles the concept of "love your neighbor as yourself." The person who loves others has fulfilled the law and is living as they have been called to by Christ. The New Testament often refers to stumbling, falling or tripping as representative of a spiritual struggle or failure in someone's life (Romans 9:32, 33; 11:9; 14:13; 1 Corinthians 1:23; 8:9; 1 Peter 2:8; Jude 1:24). Job 4:4 also offers an ancient perspective on this concept, noting, "Your words have upheld him who was stumbling, and you have made firm the feeble knees."