1 John 3

1It is a mark of God's singular love toward us, that we are now called his sons, and designed for further happiness hereafter: 3and therefore we must obediently keep his commandments, 11and love one another with true brotherly kindness and actual beneficence.

1 1BEHOLD, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, 2that we should be called the sons of God: therefore 3the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.

2 Beloved, 1now are we the sons of God, 2and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but 3we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we 4shall see him as he is.

3 And 1every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, 2even as he is pure.

4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: 1for sin is the transgression of the law.

5 And ye know that 1he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.

6 1Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him.

7 Little children, 1let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.

8 1He that committeth sin is of the devil; for 2the devil sinneth from the beginning. 3For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.

9 Whosoever is born of God 1doth not commit sin; for his 2seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.

10 1In 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 1For this is the amessage that ye heard from the beginning, 2that we should love one another.

12 Not as 1Cain, 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, 1if the world hate you.

14 1We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.

15 1Whosoever hateth his brother is 2a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.

16 1Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and 2we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.

17 But 1whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up 2his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?

18 My little children, 1let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.

19 1And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall aassure our hearts before him.

20 1For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.

21 Beloved, 1if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.

22 1And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.

23 And 1this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, 2and love one another, as he gave us commandment.

24 And 1he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and 2he in him. 3And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.