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E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes
1 John 3



Verse 1

Behold. App-133. Plural.

love. App-135.

Father. App-98.

bestowed upon = given to.

that = in order that. Greek. hina.

sons = children. App-108.

God. App-98. All the texts add, "and we are (so)".

therefore = on account of (App-104. 1 John 3:2) this.

world. App-129.

Verse 2

Beloved. App-135.

the. Omit.

not yet. Greek. oupo.

but. The texts omit.

know. App-132.

see. App-133.

as = even as. Compare 1 John 2:6.

Verse 3

in = upon (App-104.), i.e. set, or fixed on.

purifieth. Greek. hagnizo. See Acts 21:24.

even as. See 1 John 2:6.

pure. Greek. hagnos. See 2 Corinthians 7:11.

Verse 4

Whosoever = Every one who.

committeth = doeth, i.e. practiseth. See 1 John 2:29.

sin. App-128.

transgresseth, &c. = doeth lawlessness (Greek. anomia. App-128.) also.

for = and.

the transgression, &c. Greek. anomia, as above.

Verse 5

was manifested. Same as "appear", 1 John 3:2.

to = in order that (Greek. hina) He might.

take away Greek. airo. Compare John 1:29. Colossians 2:14.

our. The texts omit.

is no = there is not (App-105).

Verse 6

abideth. Greek. meno. See p. 1511.

sinneth. App-128.

seen. App-133.

neither. Greek. oude.

Verse 7

Little children. App-108.

no man = no one. Greek. medeis.

deceive. See 1 John 2:26 (seduce).

doeth. See 1 John 2:29.

righteousness. App-191.

righteous. App-191. Compare 1 John 2:29.

Verse 8

from the beginning. See 1 John 1:1 and John 8:44.

Son of God. App-98.

destroy. Greek. luo. Compare John 2:19.

Verse 9

born = begotten.

remaineth. The same as "abideth", 1 John 3:6.

cannot = is not (App-105) able to

Verse 10

children. App-108. See verses: 1 John 3:1-2.

manifest. App-106.

neither = and.

loveth. App-135.

Verse 11

message. Greek. angelia. Only here and 1 John 1:5.

Verse 12

that = the.

wicked. App-128. See John 8:44.

slew. Greek. sphazo. Only here and Revelation 5:6, Revelation 5:9, Revelation 5:12; Revelation 6:4, Revelation 6:9; Revelation 13:3, Revelation 13:8; Revelation 18:24.

wherefore = for the sake (Greek. charin) of what. The accusative case of charis (App-184.) is used as a preposition.

own. Omit.

evil. Same as "wicked", above.

Verse 13

if. App-118.

Verse 14

passed. Greek. metabaino. Compare John 6:24 (same word).

from. App-104.

unto. App-104.

life. App-170.

his brother. The texts omit.

Verse 15

murderer. Greek. anthropoktonos, manslayer. Only here and John 8:44.

no = not (1 John 3:1) any.

eternal. App-151.

Verse 16

Hereby = In (App-104.) this.

perceive we = we know, as in 1 John 3:1.

life. App-110. See John 10:15.

Verse 17

whoso = whoever.

good = goods, or living. App-170. Compare Luke 15:12, Luke 15:30.

seeth. App-133.

bowels. Greek. splanchna. See Philemon 1:7, Philemon 1:12, Philemon 1:20.

from. App-104. dwelleth. Same as "abide", 1 John 3:6.

Verse 18

in, in. No preposition. Dative case.

word. App-121.

neither. Greek. mede.

in. Greek. en, with texts.

truth. See 1 John 1:6.

Verse 19

assure. App-150.

Verse 20

if. App-118.

condemn. Greek. kataginosko. See Galatians 2:11 (blamed).

all things. Compare Peter"s answer, John 21:17.

Verse 21

confidence. See 1 John 2:28.

toward. App-104.

Verse 22

ask. App-134.

of. App-104., but the texts read apo (App-104.)

keep. See Matthew 19:17.

pleasing. Greek. arestos. See Acts 6:2 (reason).

Verse 23

believe. App-150.

Jesus Christ. App-98.

Verse 24

Spirit = spirit, i.e. the new nature, not the Giver Himself. App-101.

hath given = gave.


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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on 1 John 3:4". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". 1909-1922.

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