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1 John 3 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 3:1 - 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.
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 3:2 - Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears[fn] we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 3:3 - And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 3:4 - Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness.
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 3:5 - You know that he appeared in order to take away sins, and in him there is no sin.
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 3:6 - No one who abides in him keeps on sinning; no one who keeps on sinning has either seen him or known him.
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 3:7 - Little children, let no one deceive you. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as he is righteous.
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 3:8 - 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.
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 3:9 - No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s[fn] seed abides in him; and he cannot keep on sinning, because he has been born of God.
(Mat 22:39 )
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 3:10 - 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.

Love One Another

Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 3:11 - For this is the message that you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 3:12 - 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.
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 3:13 - Do not be surprised, brothers,[fn] that the world hates you.
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 3:14 - We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brothers. Whoever does not love abides in death.
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 3:15 - Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 3:16 - By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 3:17 - 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?
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 3:18 - Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 3:19 - By this we shall know that we are of the truth and reassure our heart before him;
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 3:20 - for whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything.
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 3:21 - Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God;
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 3:22 - and whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him.
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 3:23 - 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.
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 3:24 - Whoever keeps his commandments abides in God,[fn] and God[fn] in him. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit whom he has given us.
ESV Footnotes
Or when it appears
Greek his
Or brothers and sisters. In New Testament usage, depending on the context, the plural Greek word adelphoi (translated “brothers”) may refer either to brothers or to brothers and sisters; also verses 14, 16
Greek him
Greek he

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