(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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the one who practices sin is (A)of the devil; for the devil [a]has been sinning from the beginning. (B)The Son of God (C)appeared for this purpose, (D)to destroy the works of the devil. No one who has been (E)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 (F)children of God and the (G)children of the devil are obvious: [b]anyone who does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor the one who (H)does not love his (I)brother and sister.

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Footnotes

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

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.

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

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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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The Truth Shall Make You Free

31 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you (A)abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. 32 And you shall know the (B)truth, and (C)the truth shall make you free.”

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The Truth Will Set You Free

31 So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, (A)If you continue in My word, then you are truly My (B)disciples; 32 and (C)you will know the truth, and (D)the truth will set you free.”

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The Truth Will Make You Free

31 So Jesus was saying to the Jews who had believed Him, “If you abide in My word [continually obeying My teachings and living in accordance with them, then] you are truly My disciples. 32 And you will know the truth [regarding salvation], and the truth will set you free [from the penalty of sin].”

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Dispute Over Whose Children Jesus’ Opponents Are

31 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching,(A) you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”(B)

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31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;

32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

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34 Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, (A)whoever commits sin is a slave of sin.

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34 Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly I say to you, (A)everyone who commits sin is a slave of sin.

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34 Jesus answered, “I assure you and most solemnly say to you, everyone who practices sin habitually is a slave of sin.

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34 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin.(A)

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34 Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.

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36 (A)Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.

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36 So if the Son (A)sets you free, you really will be free.

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36 So if the Son makes you free, then you are unquestionably free.

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36 So if the Son sets you free,(A) you will be free indeed.

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36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

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18 “The(A) Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
Because He has anointed Me
To preach the gospel to the poor;
He has sent Me [a]to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To (B)set at liberty those who are [b]oppressed;

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Footnotes

  1. Luke 4:18 NU omits to heal the brokenhearted
  2. Luke 4:18 downtrodden