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1 John 3

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1 John 3

1 John 3 is the third chapter of the First Epistle of John in the New Testament of the Christian Bible. The epistle is traditionally attributed to John the Apostle.



  • The original text is written in Koine Greek.
  • Some of the oldest manuscripts containing this chapter are:
  • Codex Vaticanus (AD 325-350)
  • Codex Sinaiticus (AD 330-360)
  • Codex Alexandrinus (ca. AD 400-440)
  • Codex Ephraemi Rescriptus (ca. AD 450; complete)
  • Papyrus 74 (7th century; extant: verses 1-2,8,14,19-20)
  • This chapter is divided into 24 verses.
  • Structure

    This chapter can be grouped (with cross references to other parts of the Bible):

  • 1 John 3:1-3 = The Children of God
  • 1 John 3:4-9 = Sin and the Child of God
  • 1 John 3:10-15 = The Imperative of Love
  • 1 John 3:16-23 = The Outworking of Love
  • 1 John 3:24 = The Spirit of Truth and the Spirit of Error
  • Verse 1

    From the New King James Version:

    Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.

    Verse 2

    From the New King James Version:

    Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.

    Verse 16

    From the New King James Version:

    By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.

    Verse 23

    From the New King James Version:

    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.

    Referring to: John 13:34


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