3:1 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.
3:2 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.
3:3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself,
even as he is pure.
3:4 Whoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law; for sin
is the transgression of the law.
3:5 And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins;
and in him is no sin.
3:6 Whoever abideth in him sinneth not: whoever sinneth hath not
seen him, neither known him.
3:7 Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth
righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.
3:8 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.
3:9 Whoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed
remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.
3:10 In this the children of God are manifest, and the children
of the devil: whoever doeth not righteousness is not of God,
neither he that loveth not his brother.
3:11 For this is the message that ye have heard from the
beginning, that we should love one another.
3:12 Not as Cain, [who] was of that wicked one, and slew his
brother. And why did he slay him? Because his own works were
evil, and his brother's righteous.
3:13 Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you.
3:14 We know that we have passed from death to life, because we
love the brethren. He that loveth not [his] brother, abideth in
3:15 Whoever hateth his brother, is a murderer: and ye know that
no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.
3:16 By this we perceive the love [of God], because he laid down
his life for us: and we ought to lay down [our] lives for the
3:17 But he who 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?
3:18 My little children, let us not love in word, neither in
tongue, but in deed and in truth.
3:19 And by this we know that we are of the truth, and shall
assure our hearts before him.
3:20 For if our heart condemneth us, God is greater than our
heart, and knoweth all things.
3:21 Beloved, if our heart doth not condemn us, [then] have we
confidence towards God.
3:22 And whatever we ask, we receive from him, because we keep
his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his
3:23 And this is his commandment; That we should believe on the
name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave
3:24 And he that keepeth his commandments, dwelleth in him, and
he in him. And by this we know that he abideth in us, by the
Spirit which he hath given us.