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Why is this verse on the Trinity, 1 John 5:7, missing in many modern translations?

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

Clarify Share Report Asked May 21 2020 My picture Jack Gutknecht

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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
Various scholarly commentaries on this verse (as found on the website https://www.biblehub.com) are in consensus on the following points, which those commentaries regard as sufficient to show that all words in the verse subsequent to "For there are three that bear record" are a later interpolation to the original inspired text:

(1) They are not found in a single Greek manuscript earlier than the fourteenth century.

(2) Not one of the Greek or Latin Fathers who conducted the resolution of the controversies about the doctrine of the Trinity in the third, fourth, and first half of the fifth centuries ever quoted the words.

(3) The words occur first towards the end of the fifth century in Latin, and are found in no other language until the fourteenth century.

The only words that are regarded as genuine in this verse are, "For there are three that bear record".

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My picture Jack Gutknecht ABC/DTS graduate, guitar music ministry Baptist church
All the old versions omit the words. The oldest manuscripts of the Vulgate omit them.

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