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1 John 3 Wycliffe Bible (WYC)

See ye what manner charity the Father gave to us, that we be named the sons of God, and be his sons. For this thing the world knew not us, for it knew not him [For this thing the world knoweth not us, for it knoweth not him].

Most dear brethren, now we be the sons of God, and yet it appeared not, what we shall be. We know, that when he shall appear, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.

And each man that hath this hope in him, maketh himself holy, as [and] he is holy.

Each man that doeth sin, doeth also wickedness, and sin is wickedness.

And ye know, that he appeared to do away sins, and sin is not in him.

Each man that dwelleth in him, sinneth not; and each that sinneth, seeth not him, neither knew him.

Little sons, no man deceive you; he that doeth rightwiseness, is just, as also he is just.

He that doeth sin, is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. In this thing the Son of God appeared, that he undo the works of the devil.

Each man that is born of God, doeth not sin; for the seed of God dwelleth in him, and he may not do sin [and he may not sin], for he is born of God.

10 In this thing the sons of God be known, and the sons of the fiend. Each man that is not just, is not of God, and he that loveth not his brother [and he that loveth not his brother, is not of God].

11 For this is the telling, that ye heard at the beginning, that ye love each other;

12 not as Cain, that was of the devil, and slew his brother. And for what thing slew he him? for his works were evil, and his brother's just.

13 Brethren, do not ye wonder, if the world hateth you.

14 We know, that we be translated from death to life, for we love brethren. He that loveth not, dwelleth in death.

15 Each man that hateth his brother, is a manslayer; and ye know, that each manslayer hath not everlasting life dwelling in him.

16 In this thing we have known the charity of God, for he put his life for us, and we owe to put our lives for our brethren.

17 He that hath the chattel of this world, and seeth that his brother hath need [He that shall have the substance of this world, and shall see his brother have need], and closeth his entrails from him, how dwelleth the charity of God in him?

18 My little sons, love we not in word, neither in tongue, but in work and truth.

19 In this thing we know, that we be of truth, and in his sight we admonish our hearts.

20 For if our heart reprove us, God is more than our heart, and knoweth all things.

21 Most dear brethren, if our heart reproveth not us, we have trust to God;

22 and whatever we shall ask, we shall receive of him, for we keep his commandments, and we do those things that be pleasant before him.

23 And this is the commandment of God, that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and that we love each other [And this is the commandment of him, that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love each other], as he gave behest to us.

24 And he that keepeth his commandments, dwelleth in him, and he in him. And in this thing we know, that he dwelleth in us, by the Spirit, whom he gave to us.

1 John 3 New Matthew Bible (NMB)

The singular love of God toward us. How we in response ought to love one another.

Behold what love the Father has shown on us, that we should be called the children of God. Because of this, the world does not know you: because it does not know him. Dearly beloveds, now we are the children of God. And yet it does not appear what we will be. But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him. For we shall see him as he is. And everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself, even as he is pure.

  Whoever commits sin, commits unrighteousness also. For sin is unrighteousness. And you know that he appeared to take away our sins, and in him is no sin. As many as abide in him, do not sin. Whoever sins has not seen him, neither has known him.

Babes, let no one deceive you. He who does righteousness, is righteous, just as he is righteous. He who commits sin is of the devil. For the devil has sinned since the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God appeared: to destroy the works of the devil. Whosoever is born of God does not sin, for his seed remains in him, and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. 10 In this are the children of God known, and the children of the devil. Whoever does not work righteousness is not of God, neither he who does not love his brother.

11 For this is the message that you heard from the beginning: that you should love one another – 12 not like Cain, who was of the wicked one and slew his brother. And why did he slay him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother’s good.  13 Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hates you. 14 We know that we are translated from death to life because we love the brethren. He who does not love his brother, abides in death. 15 Whosoever hates his brother is a man-slayer. And you know that no man-slayer has eternal life abiding in him.

16 By this we perceive love: that he gave his life for us. And therefore we also ought to give our lives for the brethren. 17 Whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his compassion from him, how does the love of God dwell in him?

18 My babes, let us not love in word, nor in tongue, but in deed and in truth. 19 For by this we know that we are of the truth, and can quiet our hearts before him. 20 But if our hearts condemn us, God is greater than our hearts, and knows all things. 21 Beloveds, if our hearts do not condemn us, then we have trust before God – 22 and whatever we ask, we shall receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.

23 And this is his commandment: that we believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave commandment. 24 And he who keeps his commandments dwells in him, and he in him. And by this we know that there abides in us of the Spirit that he gave us.

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1 John 3 1599 Geneva Bible (GNV)

1 Setting down the inestimable glory of this that we are God’s sons, 7 he showeth that newness of life must be testifieth by good works, whereof charity is a manifest token. 19 Of faith,  22 and praying unto God.

Behold, [a][b]what love the Father hath given to us, that we should be [c]called the sons of God: [d]For this cause this world knoweth you not, because it knoweth not him.

[e]Dearly beloved, now are we the sons of God, but yet it is not made manifest what we shall be: and we know that when he shall be made manifest: we shall be [f]like him: for we shall see him [g]as he is.

[h]And every man that hath this hope in him purgeth himself, even [i]as he is pure.

[j]Whosoever [k]commiteth sin, transgresseth also the Law: for [l]sin is the transgression of the Law.

[m]And ye know that he was made manifest, that he might take away our sins, and in him is no sin.

Whosoever abideth in him, sinneth not: whosoever [n]sinneth, hath not seen him, neither hath known him.

[o]Little children, let no man deceive you, he that doeth righteousness, is righteous, as he is righteous.

[p]He that commiteth sin, is of the [q]devil: for the devil [r]sinneth from the [s]beginning: for this purpose was made manifest that Son of God, that he might loose the works of the devil.

Whosoever is born of God sinneth not: for his [t]seed remaineth in him, neither can he sin, because he is born of God.

10 [u]In this are the children of God known, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness, is not of God, [v]neither he that loveth not his brother.

11 [w]For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another,

12 [x]Not as [y]Cain which was of that wicked one, and slew his brother: [z]and wherefore slew he him? because his own works were evil, and his brother’s good.

13 Marvel not my brethren, though this world hate you.

14 [aa]We know that we are [ab]translated from death unto life, because we love the brethren: he that loveth not his brother, abideth in death.

15 [ac]Whosoever hateth his brother, is a manslayer: and ye know that no manslayer hath eternal life abiding in him.

16 [ad]Hereby have we perceived love, that he laid down his life for us: therefore we ought also to lay down our lives for the brethren.

17 [ae]And whosoever hath this [af]world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and [ag]shutteth up his compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?

18 [ah]My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue only, but in deed and in truth.

19 [ai]For thereby we know that we are of the truth, [aj]and shall before him assure our hearts.

20 For [ak]if our hearts condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.

21 [al]Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we boldness toward God.

22 [am]And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things which are pleasing in his sight.

23 This is then his commandment, that we believe in the Name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave commandment.

24 For he that keepeth his commandments, dwelleth in him, and he in him: and hereby we know that he abideth in us, even by that [an]Spirit which he hath given us.

Footnotes:

  1. 1 John 3:1 He beginneth to declare this agreement between the Father and the Son at the highest cause, to wit, at that free love of God towards us, wherewith he so loveth us, that he also adopteth us to be his children.
  2. 1 John 3:1 What a gift of how great love.
  3. 1 John 3:1 That we should be the sons of God, and so that all the world may perceive we are so.
  4. 1 John 3:1 Before he declareth this adoption, he saith two things: the one, that this so great a dignity is not to be esteemed, according to the judgment of the flesh, because it is unknown to the world, for the world knoweth not God the Father himself.
  5. 1 John 3:2 The other: This dignity is not fully made manifest to ourselves, much less to strangers, but we are sure of the accomplishment of it, insomuch that we shall be like to the Son of God himself, and shall enjoy his sight indeed, such as he is now: but yet notwithstanding this is deferred until his next coming.
  6. 1 John 3:2 Like, but not equal.
  7. 1 John 3:2 For now we see as in a glass, 1 Cor. 13:12.
  8. 1 John 3:3 Now he describeth this adoption, (the glory whereof as yet consisteth in hope) by the effect, to wit, because that whosoever is made the Son of God, endeavoreth to resemble the Father in purity.
  9. 1 John 3:3 This word signifieth a likeness, but not in equality.
  10. 1 John 3:4 The rule of this purity can from no whence else be taken but from the Law of God, the transgression whereof is that which is called sin.
  11. 1 John 3:4 Giveth not himself to pureness.
  12. 1 John 3:4 A short definition of sin.
  13. 1 John 3:5 An argument taken from the material cause of our salvation: Christ in himself is most pure, and he came to take away our sins, by sanctifying us with the holy Ghost. Therefore, whosoever is truly partaker of Christ doth not give himself to sin: and so contrariwise he that giveth himself to sin knoweth not Christ.
  14. 1 John 3:6 He is said to sin, that giveth not himself to pureness, and in him sin reigneth, but sin is said to dwell in the faithful, and not to reign in them.
  15. 1 John 3:7 Another argument of things coupled together: He that liveth justly, is just, and resembleth Christ that is just, and by that is known to be the son of God.
  16. 1 John 3:8 An argument taken of contraries: the devil is the author of sin, and therefore he is of the devil, or is ruled by the inspiration of the devil that serve sin: and if he be the devil’s son, then is he not God’s son: for the devil and God are so contrary the one to the other, that even the Son of God was sent to destroy the works of the devil. Therefore on the contrary side, whosoever resists sin, is the Son of God, being born again of his spirit as of new seed, insomuch that of necessity he is now delivered from the slavery of sin.
  17. 1 John 3:8 Resembleth the devil, as the child doth the father, and is governed by his spirit.
  18. 1 John 3:8 He saith not sinned, but sinneth, for he did nothing else but sin.
  19. 1 John 3:8 From the very beginning of the world.
  20. 1 John 3:9 The holy Ghost is so called of the effect he worketh, because by his virtue and mighty working, as it were by seed, we are made new men.
  21. 1 John 3:10 The conclusion, by a wicked life they are known which are governed by the spirit of the Devil, and by a pure life, which are God’s children.
  22. 1 John 3:10 He beginneth to commend charity towards the brethren, as another mark of the Sons of God.
  23. 1 John 3:11 The first reason, taken of the authority of God, which giveth the commandment.
  24. 1 John 3:12 An amplification, taken of the contrary example of Cain, which slew his brother.
  25. 1 John 3:12 He bringeth forth a very fit and very old example, wherein we may behold both the nature of the sons of God, and of the sons of the devil, and what state and condition remaineth for us in this world: and what shall be the end of both at length.
  26. 1 John 3:12 A short digression: Let us not marvel that we are hated by the world for doing our duty, for such was the condition of Abel who was a just person: and who would not rather be like him than Cain?
  27. 1 John 3:14 The second reason: Because charity is a testimony that we are translated from death to life: and therefore hatred towards the brethren is a testimony of death, and whosoever nourished it, doth as it were foster death in his bosom.
  28. 1 John 3:14 Love is a token that we are translated from death to life, for as such as by the effects the cause is known.
  29. 1 John 3:15 A confirmation: Whosoever is a murderer, is in eternal death, who so hateth his brother, is a murderer, therefore he is in death. And thereupon followeth the contrary. He that loveth his brother, hath passed to life, for indeed we are born dead.
  30. 1 John 3:16 Now he showeth how far Christian charity extendeth, even so far, that according to the example of Christ, every man forget himself, to provide for and help his brethren.
  31. 1 John 3:17 He reasoneth by comparison: For if we are bound even to give our life for our neighbors, how much more are we bound to help our brothers’ necessity with our goods and substance?
  32. 1 John 3:17 Wherewith this life is sustained.
  33. 1 John 3:17 Openeth not his heart to him, nor helpeth him willingly and cheerfully.
  34. 1 John 3:18 Christian charity standeth not in words, but in deed, and proceedeth from a sincere affection.
  35. 1 John 3:19 He commendeth charity by a triple effect: for first of all, by it we know that we are indeed the sons of God, as he showeth before.
  36. 1 John 3:19 Therefore it cometh that we have a quiet conscience, as on the contrary side he that thinketh that he hath God for a judge, because he is guilty to himself, either he is never or else very rare quiet: for God hath a far quicker sight than we, and judgeth more severely.
  37. 1 John 3:20 If an evil conscience convinceth us, much more ought the judgments of God contemn us, who knoweth our hearts better than we ourselves do.
  38. 1 John 3:21 A third effect also riseth out of the former, that in these miseries we are sure to be heard, because we are the sons of God, as we understand by the grace of sanctification which is proper to the elect.
  39. 1 John 3:22 The conclusion: That faith in Christ, and love one towards another, are things joined together, and therefore the outward testimonies of sanctification must and do answer that inward testimony of the Spirit given unto us.
  40. 1 John 3:24 He meaneth the Spirit of sanctification whereby we are born anew, and live unto God.
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1 John 3 Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)

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

Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin. Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him. 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.

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.

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