Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous. (A)He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, (B)that He might destroy the works of the devil. Whoever has been (C)born of God does not sin, for (D)His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God.

The Imperative of Love(E)

10 In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest: Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother.

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(A)Little children, make sure no one (B)deceives you; (C)the one who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous; the one who practices sin is (D)of the devil; for the devil [a]has been sinning from the beginning. (E)The Son of God (F)appeared for this purpose, (G)to destroy the works of the devil. No one who has been (H)born of God practices sin, because His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin continually, because he has been born of God. 10 By this the (I)children of God and the (J)children of the devil are obvious: [b]anyone who does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor the one who (K)does not love his (L)brother and sister.

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Footnotes

  1. 1 John 3:8 Lit sins
  2. 1 John 3:10 Lit everyone

Little children (believers, dear ones), do not let anyone lead you astray. The one who practices righteousness [the one who strives to live a consistently honorable life—in private as well as in public—and to conform to God’s precepts] is righteous, just as He is righteous. The one who practices sin [separating himself from God, and offending Him by acts of disobedience, indifference, or rebellion] is of the devil [and takes his inner character and moral values from him, not God]; for the devil has sinned and violated God’s law from the beginning. The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil. No one who is born of God [deliberately, knowingly, and habitually] practices sin, because [a]God’s seed [His principle of life, the essence of His righteous character] remains [permanently] in him [who is born again—who is reborn from above—spiritually transformed, renewed, and set apart for His purpose]; and he [who is born again] cannot habitually [live a life characterized by] sin, because he is born of God and longs to please Him. 10 By this the children of God and the children of the devil are clearly identified: anyone who does not practice righteousness [who does not seek God’s will in thought, action, and purpose] is not of God, nor is the one who does not [unselfishly] [b]love his [believing] brother.

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Footnotes

  1. 1 John 3:9 I.e. in human terms, God’s seed is like a divine “genetic code” which is passed on to His children and produces in them the desire to live in a way which pleases Him.
  2. 1 John 3:10 See note 2:10.

Dear children,(A) do not let anyone lead you astray.(B) The one who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous.(C) The one who does what is sinful is of the devil,(D) because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God(E) appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.(F) No one who is born of God(G) will continue to sin,(H) because God’s seed(I) 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(J) are and who the children of the devil(K) are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not God’s child, nor is anyone who does not love(L) their brother and sister.(M)

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Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.

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.

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.

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36 (A)Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful.

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36 [a]Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

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Footnotes

  1. Luke 6:36 Or Prove yourselves merciful

36 Be merciful (responsive, compassionate, tender) just as your [heavenly] Father is merciful.

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36 Be merciful,(A) just as your Father(B) is merciful.

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36 Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.

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(A)And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.

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And everyone who has this (A)hope set on Him (B)purifies himself, just as He is pure.

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And everyone who has this hope [confidently placed] in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure (holy, undefiled, guiltless).

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All who have this hope in him purify themselves,(A) just as he is pure.(B)

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And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.

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15 (A)but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16 because it is written, (B)“Be holy, for I am holy.”

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15 but [a](A)like the Holy One who called you, [b](B)be holy yourselves also (C)in all your behavior; 16 because it is written: “(D)You shall be holy, for I am holy.”

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  1. 1 Peter 1:15 Lit according to
  2. 1 Peter 1:15 Or become

15 But like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves in all your conduct [be set apart from the world by your godly character and moral courage]; 16 because it is written, “You shall be holy (set apart), for I am holy.”(A)

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15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do;(A) 16 for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”[a](B)

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  1. 1 Peter 1:16 Lev. 11:44,45; 19:2

15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;

16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

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(A)He who says he abides in Him (B)ought himself also to walk just as He walked.

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