Old Testament

1 John 3
Love From the Father
31See the kind of love the Father has given us that we should be called children of God, and that is what we are! The world does not know us, because it did not know him. 2Dear friends, we are children of God now, but what we will be has not yet been revealed. We know that when he is revealed we will be like him, and we will see him as he really is. 3Everyone who has this hope purifies himself, just as Jesus[] is pure.
4Everyone who commits sin also commits lawlessness. Sin is lawlessness. 5You know that he appeared in order to take away our sins and in him there is no sin. 6Anyone who remains in him does not keep on sinning. The person who keeps on sinning has not seen him or known him.
7Dear children, do not let anyone deceive you. Whoever does what is right is righteous just as Jesus[] is righteous. 8The one who continues to sin is of the Devil, because the Devil has been sinning from the beginning. This is why the Son of God appeared: to destroy the works of the Devil. 9Nobody who has been born of God continues to commit sin, because God's seed remains in him. He cannot go on sinning, because he has been born of God. 10This is how the children of God and the children of the Devil are obvious: Everyone who does not do what is right is not from God, along with everyone who does not love his brother.
Love One Another
11This is the message you have heard from the beginning: Love one another. 12Do not be like Cain, who belonged to the Evil One and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own works were evil, while those of his brother were righteous. 13Do not be surprised, brothers,[] if the world hates you. 14We know that we have crossed over from death to life, because we love our brothers. The one who does not love[] remains in death. 15Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life remaining in him. 16This is how we have come to know love: Jesus[] laid down his life for us. And we also should lay down our lives for our brothers. 17Whoever has worldly wealth and sees his brother in need but closes his heart against him—how can God's love remain in him? 18Dear children, let us love not only with word or with our tongue, but also in action and truth.
19This is how we know that we are of the truth and how we will set our hearts at rest in his presence: 20If our hearts condemn us, God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. 21Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God. 22We also receive from him whatever we ask, because we keep his commands and do what is pleasing in his sight. 23This then is his command: that we believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and that we love one another just as he commanded us. 24The one who keeps his commands remains in God[] and God[] in him. This is how we know that he remains in us: We know it from the Spirit, whom he has given to us.


  • 3:3 Literally that one
  • 3:7 Literally that one
  • 3:13 When context indicates it, the Greek word for brothers may refer to all fellow believers, male and female.
  • 3:14 Some witnesses to the text add his brother.
  • 3:16 Literally that one
  • 3:24 Literally him
  • 3:24 Literally he