1 John 3


Be Imitators of Christ

1Behold! what kind of love [3has given 4to us 1the 2father], that [2children 3of God 1we should be called]. On account of this the world does not know us, because it did not know him. 2Beloved, now [2children 3of God 1we are], and not yet was it manifested what we will be; but we know that if he should be manifested, [2likened 3to him 1we will be]; for we shall see him as he is. 3And every one having this hope upon him, purifies himself, as that one is pure. 4Every one committing sin, also [2lawlessness 1commits]; and sin is lawlessness. 5And you know that that one was made manifest, that [2our sins 1he should lift away]; and sin [3in 4him 2not 1is]. 6Anyone [2in 3him 1abiding], does not sin; anyone sinning has not seen him nor has known him. 7Sons, let no one mislead you! The one executing the righteousness is righteous, as that one is righteous. 8The one committing sin [2of 3the 4devil 1is], for from the beginning the devil sins. For this [4was made manifest 1the 2son 3of God], that he should loosen the works of the devil. 9Anyone engendered of God, [3sin 1does not 2commit], for his seed [2in 3him 1abides]; and he is not able to sin, because [2by 3God 1he has been engendered].

Love the Brethren

10In this [4are apparent 1the 2children 3of God], and the children of the devil. Every one not executing righteousness is not of God, even the one not loving his brother. 11For this is the message which you heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. 12Not as Cain [2of 3the 4wicked one 1who was], and slew his brother. And for what favor did he slay him? because his works were wicked, but the ones of his brother righteous. 13Do not marvel, my brethren, if [3detests 4you 1the 2world]! 14We know that we have crossed over from death into life, for we love the brethren. The one not loving the brethren, abides in death. 15Every one detesting his brother is a man-killer; and you know that every man-killer does not have life eternal [2in 3him 1abiding]. 16By this we have known the love of God, because that one [3for 4us 2his life 1placed]; and we ought [3for 4the 5brethren 2our lives 1to place]. 17But who ever should have the livelihood of the world, and should view his brother [2need 1having], and should lock up his feelings of compassion from him, how does the love of God abide in him? 18My sons, we should not love in word nor tongue, but in work and truth. 19And in this we know that [2of 3the 4truth 1we are], and before him we shall yield our hearts. 20For if [3should condemn 1our 2heart], know that [3greater than 2is 1God] our heart, and he knows all things. 21Beloved, if our heart should not condemn us, [2confidence 1we have] before God. 22And what ever we should ask, we receive from him, for his commandments we keep, and the things pleasing before him we do. 23And this is his commandment -- that we should believe in the name of his son Jesus Christ, and we should love one another, as he gave commandment. 24And the one keeping his commandments [2in 3him 1abides], and he in him. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the spirit which he gave to us.
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