NASB — 1 John 3 — KJV

Children of God Love One Another

1 See Iahow great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called bchildren of God; and [such] we are. For this reason the world does not know us, because cit did not know Him. 2 aBeloved, now we are bchildren of God, and cit has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He dappears, we will be elike Him, because we will fsee Him just as He is. 3 And everyone who has this ahope [fixed] on Him bpurifies himself, just as He is pure.

[1] ILit what kind of love aJn 3:16; 1 Jn 4:10 bJn 1:12; 11:52; Ro 8:16; 1 Jn 3:2, 10 cJn 15:18, 21; 16:3
[2] a1 Jn 2:7 bJn 1:12; 11:52; Ro 8:16; 1 Jn 3:1, 10 cRo 8:19, 23f dLk 17:30; Col 3:4; 1 Jn 2:28 eRo 8:29; 2P 1:4 fJn 17:24; 2Co 3:18
[3] aRo 15:12; 1P 1:3 bJn 17:19; 2Co 7:1

4 ¶ Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; and asin is lawlessness. 5 You know that He aappeared in order to btake away sins; and cin Him there is no sin. 6 No one who abides in Him asins; no one who sins has seen Him or Ibknows Him. 7 aLittle children, make sure no one bdeceives you; cthe one who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous; 8 the one who practices sin is aof the devil; for the devil Ihas sinned from the beginning. bThe Son of God cappeared for this purpose, dto destroy the works of the devil. 9 No one who is Iaborn of God bpractices sin, because His seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he is Iborn of God. 10 By this the achildren of God and the bchildren of the devil are obvious: Ianyone who does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor the one who cdoes not love his dbrother.

[4] aRo 4:15; 1 Jn 5:17
[5] a1 Jn 1:2; 3:8 bJn 1:29; 1P 1:18-20; 1 Jn 2:2 c2Co 5:21; 1 Jn 2:29
[6] IOr has known a1 Jn 3:9 b1 Jn 2:3; 3 Jn 11
[7] a1 Jn 2:1 b1 Jn 2:26 c1 Jn 2:29
[8] ILit sins aMt 13:38; Jn 8:44; 1 Jn 3:10 bMt 4:3 c1 Jn 3:5 dJn 12:31; 16:11
[9] IOr begotten aJn 1:13; 3:3; 1 Jn 2:29; 4:7; 5:1, 4, 18; 3 Jn 11 b1P 1:23; 1 Jn 3:6; 5:18
[10] ILit everyone aJn 1:12; 11:52; Ro 8:16; 1 Jn 3:1, 2 bMt 13:38; Jn 8:44; 1 Jn 3:8 cRo 13:8ff; Col 3:14; 1Ti 1:5; 1 Jn 4:8 d1 Jn 2:9

11aFor this is the message bwhich you have heard from the beginning, cthat we should love one another; 12 not as aCain, [who] was of bthe evil one and slew his brother. And for what reason did he slay him? Because chis deeds were evil, and his brother’s were righteous.

[11] a1 Jn 1:5 b1 Jn 2:7 cJn 13:4f; 15:12; 1 Jn 4:7, 11f, 21; 2 Jn 5
[12] aGn 4:8 bMt 5:37; 1 Jn 2:13f cPs 38:20; Pv 29:10; Jn 8:40, 41

13 ¶ Do not be surprised, brethren, if athe world hates you. 14 We know that we have apassed out of death into life, bbecause we love the brethren. He who does not love abides in death. 15 Everyone who ahates his brother is a murderer; and you know that bno murderer has eternal life abiding in him. 16 We know love by this, that aHe laid down His life for us; and bwe ought to lay down our lives for the cbrethren. 17 But awhoever has the world’s goods, and sees his brother in need and bcloses his Iheart IIagainst him, chow does the love of God abide in him? 18 aLittle children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and btruth. 19 We will know by this that we are aof the truth, and will Iassure our heart before Him 20 Iin whatever our heart condemns us; for God is greater than our heart and knows all things. 21 aBeloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have bconfidence Ibefore God; 22 and awhatever we ask we receive from Him, because we bkeep His commandments and do cthe things that are pleasing in His sight.

[13] aJn 15:18; 17:14
[14] aJn 5:24 bJn 13:35; 1 Jn 2:10
[15] aMt 5:21f; Jn 8:44 bGa 5:20f; Rv 21:8
[16] aJn 10:11; 15:13 bPhp 2:17; 1Th 2:8 c1 Jn 2:9
[17] ILit inward parts IILit from aJm 2:15f bDt 15:7 c1 Jn 4:20
[18] a1 Jn 2:1; 3:7 b2 Jn 1; 3 Jn 1
[19] ILit persuade a1 Jn 2:21
[20] IOr that if our heart condemns us, that God...
[21] ILit toward a1 Jn 3:2 b1 Jn 2:28; 5:14
[22] aJb 22:26f; Mt 7:7; 21:22; Jn 9:31 b1 Jn 2:3 cJn 8:29; He 13:21

23 ¶ This is His commandment, that we Iabelieve in bthe name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as cHe IIcommanded us. 24 The one who akeeps His commandments babides in Him, and He in him. cWe know by this that dHe abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us.

[23] IOr believe the name IILit gave us a commandment aJn 6:29 bJn 1:12; 2:23; 3:18 cJn 13:34; 15:12; 1 Jn 2:8
[24] a1 Jn 2:3 bJn 6:56; 10:38; 1 Jn 2:6, 24; 4:15 cJn 14:17; Ro 8:9, 14, 16; 1Th 4:8; 1 Jn 4:13 d1 Jn 2:5


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He declareth the singular love of God towards us, in making us his sons:

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.

[1] 2S 7:19; Ps 31:19; 36:7; 89:1; Jr 3:19; Ho 1:10; Jn 1:12; 3:16; 15:18; 16:3; 17:25; Ro 5:8; 8:14, 21, 32; 9:25; 2Co 6:18; Ga 3:26, 29; 4:5; Ep 2:4; 3:18; Col 3:3; 1Jn 4:9; Rv 21:7.
[2] Jb 19:26; Ps 16:11; 17:15; 31:19; Is 56:5; Mal 3:2; Mt 5:8; Jn 17:24; Ro 8:14, 18, 29; 1Co 2:9; 13:12; 15:49; 2Co 3:18; 4:17; 5:6; Ga 3:26; 4:6; Php 3:21; Col 3:4; He 9:28; 2P 1:4; 1Jn 3:1; 5:1.

who therefore ought obediently to keep his Commandments,

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.

[3] Mt 5:48; Lk 6:36; Ac 15:9; Ro 5:4; 2Co 7:1; Col 1:5; 2Th 2:16; Tit 3:7; He 6:18; 7:26; 12:14; 2P 1:4; 3:14; 1Jn 2:6; 4:17.
[4] Nu 15:31; 1S 15:24; 1K 8:47; 1Ch 10:13; 2Ch 24:20; Is 53:8; Dn 9:11; Ro 3:20; 4:15; 7:7; 2Co 12:21; Jm 2:9; 5:15; 1Jn 3:8; 5:17.
[5] Is 53:4; Ho 14:2; Mt 1:21; Lk 23:41, 47; Jn 1:29, 31; 8:46; 14:30; Ro 3:24; 2Co 5:21; Ep 5:25; 1Ti 1:15; 3:16; Tit 2:14; He 1:3; 4:15; 7:26; 9:26, 28; 1P 1:20; 2:22, 24; 3:18; 1Jn 1:2, 7; 2:1; 4:9; Rv 1:5.
[6] Jn 15:4; 2Co 3:18; 4:6; 1Jn 2:4, 28; 3:2, 9; 4:8; 5:18; 3Jn 1:11.
[7] Ps 45:7; 72:1; 106:3; Ezk 18:5; Mt 5:20; Lk 1:75; Ac 10:35; Ro 2:6, 13; 6:16; 1Co 6:9; Ga 6:7; Ep 5:6, 9; Php 1:11; He 1:8; 7:2; Jm 1:22; 2:19; 5:1; 1P 1:15; 2:24; 1Jn 2:1, 26, 29; 3:3.
[8] Gn 3:15; Is 27:1; Mt 13:38; Mk 1:24; Lk 10:18; Jn 8:44; 12:31; 16:11; Ro 16:20; Ep 2:2; Col 2:15; He 2:14; 2P 2:4; 1Jn 3:5, 10; 5:19; Jde 1:6; Rv 20:2, 10, 15.
[9] Jb 19:28; Mt 7:18; Jn 1:13; Ac 4:20; Ro 6:2; Ga 5:17; Tit 1:2; 1P 1:23; 1Jn 2:29; 4:7; 5:1, 4, 18.
[10] Mt 13:38; Lk 6:35; Jn 8:44, 47; Ac 13:10; Ro 8:16; Ep 5:1; 1Jn 2:9, 29; 3:7, 14; 4:3, 6, 8, 21; 5:2, 19; 3Jn 1:11.

as also brotherly to love one another.

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.

[11] Jn 13:34; 15:12; Ga 6:2; Ep 5:2; 1Th 4:9; 1Ti 1:5; 1P 1:22; 3:8; 4:8; 1Jn 1:5; 2:7; 4:7, 21; 2Jn 1:5.
[12] Gn 4:4, 25; 1S 18:14; 19:4; 22:14; Ps 37:12; Pv 29:27; Mt 13:19, 38; 23:35; 27:23; Lk 11:51; Jn 10:32; 15:19; 18:38; Ac 7:52; 1Th 2:14; He 11:4; 12:24; 1P 4:4; 1Jn 2:13; 3:8; Jde 1:11; Rv 17:6.
[13] Ec 5:8; Mt 10:22; 24:9; Mk 13:13; Lk 6:22; 21:17; Jn 3:7; 7:7; 15:18; 16:2, 33; 17:14; Ac 3:12; Ro 8:7; 2Ti 3:12; Jm 4:4; Rv 17:7.
[14] Ps 16:3; Pv 21:16; Mt 25:40; Lk 15:24, 32; Jn 5:24; 13:35; 15:12, 17; 2Co 5:1; Ga 5:22; Ep 1:15; 2:1, 5; Col 1:4; 1Th 4:9; He 6:10; 13:1; 1P 1:22; 3:8; 2P 1:7; 1Jn 2:3, 9, 10, 11; 3:23; 4:7, 12, 20, 21; 5:2, 13, 19.
[15] Gn 27:41; Lv 19:16; 2S 13:22; Pv 26:24; Mt 5:21, 28; Mk 6:19; Jn 4:14; Ac 23:12, 14; Ga 5:21; Jm 1:15; 4:1; 1P 1:23; Rv 21:8.
[16] Mt 20:28; Jn 3:16; 10:15; 13:34; 15:12, 13; Ac 20:28; Ro 5:8; 16:4; Ep 5:2, 25; Php 2:17, 30; Tit 2:13; 1P 1:18; 2:24; 3:18; 1Jn 2:6; 4:9, 11; Rv 1:5; 5:9.
[17] Dt 15:7; Pv 12:10; 19:17; 28:9; Is 58:7; Lk 3:11; 2Co 8:9, 14; 9:5; 1Ti 6:17; He 13:16; 1Jn 4:20; 5:1.
[18] Ex 33:21; Mt 25:41; Ro 12:9; 1Co 13:4; Ga 5:13; 6:1; Ep 4:1, 15; 1Th 1:3; Jm 2:15; 1P 1:22; 1Jn 2:1.
[19] Is 32:17; Jn 13:35; 18:37; Ro 4:21; 8:38; 2Ti 1:12; He 6:10; 10:22; 11:13; 1Jn 1:8; 3:14, 21.
[20] Jb 27:6; 33:12; Ps 44:20; 90:8; 139:1; Jr 17:10; 23:24; Jn 2:24; 8:9; 10:29; 21:17; Ac 5:33; Ro 2:14; 1Co 4:4; 14:24; Tit 3:11; He 4:13; 6:13; 1Jn 4:4; Rv 2:23.
[21] Jb 22:26; 27:6; Ps 7:3; 101:2; 1Co 4:4; 2Co 1:12; 1Ti 2:8; He 4:16; 10:22; 1Jn 2:28; 4:17.
[22] Ps 10:17; 34:4, 15; 50:15; 66:18; 145:18; Pv 15:29; 28:9; Is 1:15; 55:6; Jr 29:12; 33:3; Mt 7:7, 24; 17:5; 21:22; Mk 11:24; Lk 11:9; Jn 6:29; 8:29; 9:31; 14:13; 15:7, 10; 16:23; Ac 17:30; 20:21; Php 4:18; Col 1:10; He 13:21; Jm 1:5; 5:16; 1Jn 3:23; 5:14.
[23] Dt 18:15; Ps 2:12; Mt 22:39; Mk 9:7; Jn 6:29; 13:34; 14:1; 15:12; 17:3; Ac 16:31; Ep 5:2; 1Th 4:9; 1Ti 1:15; 1P 1:22; 4:8; 1Jn 2:8; 3:11; 4:21.
[24] Jn 6:54; 14:21; 15:7; 17:21; Ro 8:9; 1Co 3:16; 6:19; 2Co 6:16; Ga 4:5; 2Ti 1:14; 1Jn 3:22; 4:7, 12, 13, 15.


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