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1 John 3

English Standard Version

1 See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. (Joh 1:12; Joh 3:16; Joh 16:3; Joh 17:25; 1Jo 4:10; 1Jo 4:17) 2 Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears[1] we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. (Joh 17:24; Ro 8:15; Ro 8:18; Ro 8:29; 1Co 13:12; 2Co 3:18; 2Co 4:11; 2Co 4:17; Ga 3:26; Eph 1:5; Php 3:21; 2Pe 1:4; 1Jo 2:28; 1Jo 3:1; Re 22:4) 3 And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure. (Ro 15:12; 2Co 7:1) 4 Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. (Ro 4:15; 1Jo 5:17) 5 You know that he appeared in order to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. (Isa 53:11; Heb 9:26; 1Pe 2:22; 1Jo 1:2) 6 No one who abides in him keeps on sinning; no one who keeps on sinning has either seen him or known him. (1Jo 2:4; 1Jo 4:8; 3Jo 1:11) 7 Little children, let no one deceive you. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as he is righteous. (1Jo 2:26; 1Jo 2:29) 8 Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil. (Ge 3:15; Mt 13:38; Lu 10:18; Joh 8:44; Joh 16:11; Heb 2:14) 9 No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s[2] seed abides in him; and he cannot keep on sinning, because he has been born of God. (1Jo 5:18) 10 By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother. (1Jo 4:8; 1Jo 4:20) 11 For this is the message that you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. (Joh 13:34; 1Jo 1:5; 1Jo 2:24) 12 We should not be like Cain, who was of the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own deeds were evil and his brother’s righteous. (Ge 4:4; Ge 4:8; Ps 38:20; Pr 29:10; Heb 11:4; Jud 1:11) 13 Do not be surprised, brothers,[3] that the world hates you. (Joh 15:18; Joh 17:14) 14 We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brothers. Whoever does not love abides in death. (Joh 5:24) 15 Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him. (Mt 5:21; Ga 5:21; Re 21:8) 16 By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. (Joh 15:13; Php 2:17) 17 But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? (De 15:7; Jas 2:15; 1Jo 4:20) 18 Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth. (Eze 33:31; Eph 4:15; 2Jo 1:1; 3Jo 1:1) 19 By this we shall know that we are of the truth and reassure our heart before him; 20 for whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything. 21 Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God; (Job 11:15; Job 22:26; Ro 14:22; 1Co 4:4; 1Jo 5:14) 22 and whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him. (Mt 7:7; Joh 8:29) 23 And this is his commandment, that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us. (Joh 6:29; Ac 18:8; 1Jo 2:8; 1Jo 3:11) 24 Whoever keeps his commandments abides in God,[4] and God[5] in him. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit whom he has given us. (Joh 6:56; Joh 14:20; Joh 15:4; Joh 17:21; Ro 8:9; 1Jo 4:13)

1 John 3

New International Version

1 See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 2 Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears,[1] we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. 3 All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure. 4 Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness. 5 But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin. 6 No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him. 7 Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. The one who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous. 8 The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work. 9 No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in them; they cannot go on sinning, because they have been born of God. 10 This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not God’s child, nor is anyone who does not love their brother and sister. 11 For this is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another. 12 Do not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own actions were evil and his brother’s were righteous. 13 Do not be surprised, my brothers and sisters,[2] if the world hates you. 14 We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love each other. Anyone who does not love remains in death. 15 Anyone who hates a brother or sister is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life residing in him. 16 This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. 17 If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? 18 Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. 19 This is how we know that we belong to the truth and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence: 20 If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. 21 Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God 22 and receive from him anything we ask, because we keep his commands and do what pleases him. 23 And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us. 24 The one who keeps God’s commands lives in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us.

1 John 3

King James Version

1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. 2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. 3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure. 4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. 5 And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin. 6 Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him. 7 Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. 8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. 9 Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. 10 In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother. 11 For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. 12 Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother's righteous. 13 Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you. 14 We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death. 15 Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him. 16 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. 17 But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? 18 My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. 19 And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him. 20 For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things. 21 Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. 22 And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight. 23 And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment. 24 And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.

1 John 3

New Int. Readers Version

1 How great is the love the Father has given us so freely! Now we can be called children of God. And that's what we really are! The world doesn't know us because it didn't know him. 2 Dear friends, now we are children of God. He still hasn't let us know what we will be. But we know that when Christ appears, we will be like him. We will see him as he really is. 3 He is pure. All who hope to be like him make themselves pure. 4 Everyone who sins breaks the law. In fact, breaking the law is sin. 5 But you know that Christ came to take our sins away. And there is no sin in him. 6 No one who remains joined to him keeps on sinning. No one who keeps on sinning has seen him or known him. 7 Dear children, don't let anyone lead you down the wrong path. Those who do what is right are holy, just as Christ is holy. 8 Those who do what is sinful belong to the devil. They are just like him. He has been sinning from the beginning. But the Son of God came to destroy the devil's work. 9 Those who are born again because of what God has done will not keep on sinning. God's very nature remains in them. They can't go on sinning. They have been born again because of what God has done. 10 Here is how you can tell the difference between the children of God and the children of the devil. Those who don't do what is right do not belong to God. Those who don't love their brothers and sisters do not belong to him either. 11 From the beginning we have heard that we should love one another. 12 Don't be like Cain. He belonged to the evil one. He murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because the things Cain had done were wrong. But the things his brother had done were right. 13 My brothers and sisters, don't be surprised if the world hates you. 14 We know that we have left our old dead condition and entered into new life. We know it because we love one another. Those who do not are still living in their old condition. 15 Those who hate their brothers and sisters are murderers. And you know that murderers do not have eternal life in their hearts. 16 We know what love is because Jesus Christ gave his life for us. So we should give our lives for our brothers and sisters. 17 Suppose someone sees a brother or sister in need and is able to help them. If he doesn't take pity on them, how can the love of God be in him? 18 Dear children, don't just talk about love. Put your love into action. Then it will truly be love. 19 That's how we know that we hold to the truth. And that's how we put our hearts at rest, knowing that God is watching. 20 Our hearts may judge us. But God is greater than our hearts. He knows everything. 21 Dear friends, if our hearts do not judge us, we can be bold with God. 22 And he will give us anything we ask. That's because we obey his commands. We do what pleases him. 23 God has commanded us to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ. He has also commanded us to love one another. 24 Those who obey his commands remain joined to him. And he remains joined to them. How do we know that God lives in us? We know it because of the Holy Spirit he gave us.