Jonathan Isaiah 43:25
23 Thou hast not brought unto me the lambs of thy burnt offerings, and with thy holy sacri fices thou hast not honoured me. I have not caused thee to multiply offerings, neither did I burden thee with frankincense. 24 Thou hast not bought for me the aromatic reed with silver; with the fat of thy holy sacrifices thou hast not anointed mine altar; but thou hast multiplied thy sins before me; thou hast burdened me with thine iniquities. 25 I, even I, am He who forgiveth thy sins for the sake of my name, and thy sins shall not be remembered. 26 Speak now, we will plead together, declare thou for the purpose, that thou mayest justify thyself, if thou art able to do so.
1 John 2:12
10 The one who loves his fellow Christian resides in the light, and there is no cause for stumbling in him. 11 But the one who hates his fellow Christian is in the darkness, walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going because the darkness has blinded his eyes. 12 I am writing to you, little children, that your sins have been forgiven because of his name. 13 I am writing to you, fathers, that you have known him who has been from the beginning. I am writing to you, young people, that you have conquered the evil one.
Notes and References
"... Interpretive questions include (1) what is ‘his name,’ and (2) to what does ‘the beginning’ refer — the beginning of Jesus’ ministry, or the beginning as in Genesis 1:1 and John 1:1? ... Answers to both of these interpretive questions are suggested when the dependence of 1 John 2:11-14 on Targum Isaiah 43:10, 25; 44:6; 48:12, as shown by the following comparison, is recognized ... The italicized portion of Targum Isaiah 43:10 stands in place of the MT, ‘Before me there was no God formed.’ It also agrees with the Targum’s paraphrase of Isaiah 44:6 and 48:12, which read identically to the Aramaic of 43:10 ... The fact that two different phrases in 1 John 2:12-14 agree so closely with two phrases closely collocated in Targum Isaiah (one being found three times), both of which are divine ‘I am he’ sayings, makes it unlikely that the similarity between 1 John and Targum Isaiah is accidental, or that both 1 John and the Targum borrow from the same liturgical source ..."
Ronning, John L. The Targum of Isaiah and the Johannine Literature (pp. 247-278) Westminster Theological Journal No. 69, 2007
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