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1 John 1:4 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
4 And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.
And we are writing these things. These things respecting him who was manifested in the flesh and respecting the results which flow from that.
So that our joy may be complete. This is almost the same language that the Savior used when addressing his disciples as he was about to leave them, (John 15:11;) and there can be little doubt that John had that declaration in remembrance when he uttered this remark. See Notes on that passage. The sense here is that full and clear views of the Lord Jesus, and the fellowship with him and with each other, which would follow from that, would be a source of happiness. Their joy would be complete if they had that; for their real happiness was to be found in their Savior. The best editions of the Greek Testament now read ‘your joy,’ instead of the common reading ‘our joy.’
By Albert Barnes