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Bible Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

1 John 3

Introduction

1He declares the singular love of God towards us, in making us his sons;
3who therefore ought obediently to keep his commandments;
11as also to love one another as brethren.

Verse 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.
what
4:9,10; 2 Samuel 7:19; Psalms 31:19; 36:7-9; 89:1,2; John 3:16; Romans 5:8; 8:32; Ephesians 2:4,5; 3:18,19
that
Jeremiah 3:19; Hosea 1:10; John 1:12; Romans 8:14-17,21; 9:25,26; 2 Corinthians 6:18; Galatians 3:26,29; 4:5,6; Revelation 21:7
the world
John 15:18,19; 16:3; 17:25; Colossians 3:3
Reciprocal: Genesis 23:6 - a mighty prince; Exodus 2:10 - and he; Deuteronomy 7:7 - The Lord; Deuteronomy 14:1 - the children; Deuteronomy 32:6 - thy father; 1 Samuel 18:23 - a light; 1 Kings 8:27 - But will; Esther 2:7 - took; Song of Solomon 1:5 - black; Isaiah 56:5 - and a; Isaiah 64:4 - have not; Malachi 3:17 - and I; Matthew 7:11 - how; Matthew 22:30 - in the; Matthew 23:9 - for; Mark 10:30 - an hundredfold; John 1:10 - knew; John 1:26 - whom; John 11:36 - Behold; John 14:21 - that loveth; John 17:23 - and hast; Acts 9:21 - amazed; Romans 1:7 - God; Romans 5:2 - and rejoice; Romans 9:8 - are counted; Romans 12:12 - Rejoicing; Galatians 4:8 - when; Galatians 4:31 - we; Ephesians 1:5 - unto; Ephesians 1:18 - is; Ephesians 2:19 - household; Ephesians 4:6 - God; Ephesians 5:1 - as; Philippians 2:15 - sons; Colossians 1:12 - partakers; Colossians 1:23 - the hope; 1 Thessalonians 3:11 - God; 1 Thessalonians 5:8 - the hope; Hebrews 2:10 - many; Hebrews 6:11 - of hope; James 1:9 - in; 1 John 3:2 - now are we the; 1 John 4:16 - we

Verse 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.
now are we the
1; 5:1; Isaiah 56:5; Romans 8:14,15,18; Galatians 3:26; 4:6
it
Psalms 31:19; Romans 8:18; 1 Corinthians 2:9; 13:12; 2 Corinthians 4:17
when
Malachi 3:2; Colossians 3:4; Hebrews 9:28
what
Psalms 17:15; Romans 8:29; 1 Corinthians 15:49; Philippians 3:21; 2 Peter 1:4
for
Job 19:26; Psalms 16:11; Matthew 5:8; John 17:24; 1 Corinthians 13:12; 2 Corinthians 3:18; 5:6-8
Reciprocal: Genesis 23:6 - a mighty prince; Exodus 28:2 - glory; Exodus 29:43 - sanctified; Numbers 14:14 - art seen; Deuteronomy 14:1 - the children; 1 Kings 10:7 - I believed; 2 Chronicles 9:6 - the one half; Job 37:19 - we; Psalm 63:3 - Because; Psalm 73:25 - Whom; Psalm 90:17 - And let; Isaiah 33:17 - eyes; Isaiah 64:4 - have not; Hosea 1:10 - Ye are the sons; Matthew 13:38 - the good; Matthew 17:4 - it is; Matthew 22:30 - in the; Mark 9:5 - it is; Mark 12:25 - but; Luke 9:32 - they saw; Luke 20:36 - the children of God; John 14:3 - I will; John 20:17 - your Father; Romans 8:4 - That; Romans 8:19 - the manifestation; Romans 8:23 - waiting; Romans 9:8 - are counted; 1 Corinthians 1:7 - coming; 1 Corinthians 13:9 - General; 1 Corinthians 15:53 - put; 2 Corinthians 5:1 - we know; 2 Corinthians 5:8 - present; 2 Corinthians 6:18 - a Father; Galatians 4:31 - we; Ephesians 4:24 - after; Ephesians 5:1 - as; Colossians 3:3 - hid; 2 Thessalonians 2:16 - good; 1 Timothy 6:14 - until; Titus 1:2 - hope; Titus 2:13 - the glorious; Titus 2:14 - purify; Hebrews 2:10 - many; Hebrews 10:34 - in yourselves that ye have; Hebrews 12:14 - no man; 1 Peter 1:5 - ready; 1 Peter 5:1 - a partaker; 1 Peter 5:4 - appear; 1 John 2:28 - when; 1 John 3:6 - whosoever; Revelation 1:7 - and every; Revelation 22:4 - they

Verse 3

And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.
every
Romans 5:4,5; Colossians 1:5; 2 Thessalonians 2:16; Titus 3:7; Hebrews 6:18
purifieth
Acts 15:9; 2 Corinthians 7:1; Hebrews 12:14; 2 Peter 1:4; 3:14
even
2:6; 4:17; Matthew 5:48; Luke 6:36; Hebrews 7:26
Reciprocal: Psalm 17:15 - with; Psalm 71:14 - But; Proverbs 21:8 - but; Matthew 5:8 - for; John 14:3 - I will; John 15:18 - General; Romans 8:24 - saved; 1 Corinthians 13:13 - hope; Ephesians 2:12 - having; Ephesians 4:4 - as; Ephesians 4:24 - righteousness; Philippians 4:8 - are pure; 1 Thessalonians 1:3 - and patience; 1 Thessalonians 2:13 - effectually; 1 Timothy 1:5 - a pure; 2 Timothy 2:21 - purge; Titus 1:2 - hope; Titus 2:13 - blessed; James 3:17 - first; James 4:8 - purify; 1 Peter 1:3 - unto; 1 Peter 1:13 - hope; 1 John 3:7 - even; 1 John 5:18 - keepeth; Revelation 22:4 - they; Revelation 22:14 - Blessed

Verse 4

Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.
committeth
8,9; 1 Kings 8:47; 1 Chronicles 10:13; 2 Corinthians 12:21; James 5:15
transgresseth
Numbers 15:31; 1 Samuel 15:24; 2 Chronicles 24:20; Isaiah 53:8; Daniel 9:11; Romans 3:20; 4:15; James 2:9-11
for
5:17; Romans 7:7-13
Reciprocal: Leviticus 11:4 - unclean unto you; Isaiah 42:21 - he will; Romans 5:13 - but sin; Romans 7:5 - which; Philippians 3:9 - which is of the

Verse 5

And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.
he
1:2; 4:9-14; John 1:31; 1 Timothy 3:16; 1 Peter 1:20
to
1:7; Isaiah 53:4-12; Hosea 14:2; Matthew 1:21; John 1:29; Romans 3:24-26; Ephesians 5:25-27; 1 Timothy 1:15; Titus 2:14; Hebrews 1:3; 9:26,28; 1 Peter 2:24; Revelation 1:5
in
2:1; Luke 23:41,47; John 8:46; 14:30; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 4:15; 7:26; 9:28; 1 Peter 2:22; 3:18
Reciprocal: Job 7:21 - take away; Psalm 130:8 - he shall redeem; Isaiah 42:21 - he will; Isaiah 53:9 - deceit; John 19:4 - that ye; Acts 3:26 - in; Galatians 2:17 - is; Hebrews 9:14 - without; Hebrews 10:4 - take; 1 John 1:8 - say; 1 John 2:29 - he is; 1 John 3:8 - this purpose

Verse 6

Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him.
abideth
2:28; John 15:4-7
whosoever
2,9; 2:4; 4:8; 5:18; 2 Corinthians 3:18; 4:6; 3 John 1:11
Reciprocal: Ezekiel 3:21 - if thou; Hosea 6:6 - the; 1 John 1:8 - say; 1 John 2:6 - he

Verse 7

Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.
let
2:26,29; Romans 2:13; 1 Corinthians 6:9; Galatians 6:7,8; Ephesians 5:6; James 1:22; 2:19; 5:1-3
he that
Psalms 106:3; Ezekiel 18:5-9; Matthew 5:20; Luke 1:75; Acts 10:35; Romans 2:6-8,13; Romans 6:16-18; Ephesians 5:9; Philippians 1:11; 1 Peter 2:24
even
3; 2:1; Psalms 45:7; 72:1-7; Hebrews 1:8; 7:2; 1 Peter 1:15,16
Reciprocal: Exodus 38:8 - the laver; Psalm 15:2 - worketh; Psalm 112:4 - righteous; Proverbs 11:19 - righteousness; Proverbs 12:28 - General; Isaiah 5:7 - he looked; Isaiah 26:7 - way; Isaiah 33:15 - that walketh; Ezekiel 14:20 - by; Ezekiel 18:9 - is just; Ezekiel 18:22 - in his; Luke 1:6 - walking; Luke 6:47 - doeth; Acts 24:25 - righteousness; 2 Corinthians 6:13 - 1speak; 2 Timothy 2:19 - depart; 1 John 3:10 - whosoever

Verse 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.
He that
10; 5:19; *Gr: ; Matthew 13:38; John 8:44; Ephesians 2:2
for
2 Peter 2:4; Jude 1:6
this purpose
5; Genesis 3:15; Isaiah 27:1; Mark 1:24; Luke 10:18; John 12:31; 16:11; Romans 16:20; Colossians 2:15; Hebrews 2:14; Revelation 20:2,3,10,15
Reciprocal: Numbers 21:9 - when he; Judges 14:6 - rent him; Isaiah 5:7 - he looked; Isaiah 40:10 - with strong hand; Isaiah 49:25 - Even; Daniel 9:24 - finish; Micah 7:19 - subdue; Zechariah 3:2 - the Lord said; Matthew 6:13 - deliver; Matthew 12:29 - General; Mark 3:27 - General; Mark 5:7 - that; Mark 7:29 - General; Mark 7:30 - she found; Luke 1:71 - we; Luke 3:7 - O generation; Luke 4:34 - art; Luke 8:28 - I beseech; Luke 8:35 - and found; Luke 11:22 - General; John 1:34 - this; John 3:8 - so; John 6:70 - and one; John 8:34 - Whosoever; John 8:38 - and ye; Acts 10:38 - healing; Acts 13:10 - thou child; Acts 26:18 - and from; Romans 1:3 - his Son; Galatians 2:17 - are found; Colossians 1:13 - the power; 1 Timothy 1:15 - that; James 3:15 - devilish; 1 Peter 1:20 - but; 1 Peter 5:8 - the devil; 1 John 1:2 - was manifested; 1 John 3:4 - committeth; 1 John 3:12 - of; Revelation 12:9 - the Devil

Verse 9

Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.
born
2:29; 4:7; 5:1,4,18; John 1:13
for
Job 19:28; 1 Peter 1:23
and he
Matthew 7:18; Acts 4:20; Romans 6:2; Galatians 5:17; Titus 1:2
Reciprocal: Genesis 39:9 - sin; Leviticus 11:37 - sowing seed; Psalm 119:3 - General; Zephaniah 3:13 - not; Matthew 5:45 - ye; Matthew 13:38 - the good; John 3:3 - Except; John 3:6 - that; John 3:8 - so; 1 Corinthians 13:13 - abideth; Galatians 1:10 - persuade; Ephesians 5:9 - righteousness; James 1:18 - with; 1 Peter 1:3 - hath; 1 John 3:4 - committeth; 1 John 3:6 - whosoever; 1 John 4:4 - are

Verse 10

In 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.
the children of God
5:2; Luke 6:35; Romans 8:16,17; Ephesians 5:1
and
Matthew 13:38; John 8:44; Acts 13:10
whosoever
7,8; 2:29
is
4:3,4,6; 5:19; John 8:47; 3 John 1:11
neither
14,15; 2:9,10; 4:8,21
Reciprocal: Genesis 3:15 - thy seed; Genesis 4:2 - a keeper; Genesis 37:4 - hated him; Deuteronomy 13:13 - the children; Deuteronomy 14:1 - the children; Psalm 112:4 - righteous; Proverbs 11:19 - righteousness; Isaiah 26:7 - way; Isaiah 57:3 - sons; Ezekiel 14:20 - by; Ezekiel 16:3 - Thy birth; Zephaniah 3:13 - not; Matthew 3:7 - O generation; Matthew 5:22 - his brother; Matthew 6:14 - General; Matthew 7:18 - cannot; Matthew 12:34 - generation; Matthew 25:41 - prepared; Luke 16:8 - children of light; John 13:35 - General; Acts 24:25 - righteousness; Romans 12:10 - kindly; Ephesians 2:2 - the children; Ephesians 5:9 - righteousness; Hebrews 13:1 - General; 1 John 4:7 - let

Verse 11

For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.
this
1:5; 2:7,8
message
or, commandment.
1 Timothy 1:5; *Gr:
that we
4:7,21; John 13:34,35; 15:12; Galatians 6:2; Ephesians 5:2; 1 Thessalonians 4:9; 1 Peter 1:22; 3:8; 1 Peter 4:8; 2 John 1:5
Reciprocal: 2 Chronicles 11:4 - against; Isaiah 59:15 - he that; Matthew 23:35 - the blood of righteous; Acts 7:26 - ye are; 1 Corinthians 6:6 - brother; 1 Thessalonians 3:12 - love; Hebrews 11:4 - faith; 1 John 3:23 - love

Verse 12

Not as Cain, 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.
as
Genesis 4:4-15,25; Hebrews 11:4; Jude 1:11
of
8; 2:13,14; Matthew 13:19,38
And
1 Samuel 18:14,15; 19:4,5; 22:14-16; Psalms 37:12; Proverbs 29:27; Matthew 27:23; John 10:32; 15:19-25; 18:38-40; Acts 7:52; 1 Thessalonians 2:14; 1 Peter 4:4; Revelation 17:6
and his
Matthew 23:35; Luke 11:51; Hebrews 11:4; 12:24
Reciprocal: Genesis 4:1 - I have; Genesis 4:8 - Cain rose; Genesis 27:41 - hated; Genesis 37:4 - hated him; Exodus 20:13 - General; Leviticus 19:17 - hate; 1 Samuel 18:29 - Saul became; 1 Samuel 19:2 - delighted; 2 Samuel 4:11 - when wicked; 2 Chronicles 21:4 - slew all; 2 Chronicles 21:13 - hast slain; Psalm 37:14 - slay; Psalm 38:20 - because; Proverbs 27:3 - but; Proverbs 27:4 - but; Proverbs 29:10 - The bloodthirsty; Ecclesiastes 4:4 - every; Isaiah 59:15 - he that; Ezekiel 18:10 - a shedder; Matthew 5:10 - are; Matthew 25:45 - Inasmuch; Matthew 27:4 - What; Mark 15:10 - for envy; John 7:7 - but; John 8:40 - now; John 8:44 - are; John 17:11 - but; John 17:14 - the world; 2 Corinthians 6:14 - for; Ephesians 4:31 - with; Ephesians 5:2 - walk; 2 Thessalonians 2:8 - that; James 3:16 - every; 1 John 5:18 - wicked

Verse 13

Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you.
Marvel not
Ecclesiastes 5:8; John 3:7; Acts 3:12; Revelation 17:7
if
Matthew 10:22; 24:9; Mark 13:13; Luke 6:22; 21:17; John 7:7; 15:18,19; 16:2,33; John 17:14; Romans 8:7; 2 Timothy 3:12; James 4:4
Reciprocal: Proverbs 29:10 - The bloodthirsty; Proverbs 29:27 - General; Isaiah 66:5 - Your; Romans 12:2 - be not; Galatians 6:10 - especially; 1 John 2:9 - and hateth

Verse 14

We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.
We know
2:3; 5:2,13,19,20; 2 Corinthians 5:1
we have
Luke 15:24,32; John 5:24; Ephesians 2:1,5
because
2:10; 3:23; 4:7,8,12,21; 5:2; Psalms 16:3; Matthew 25:40; John 13:35; 15:12,17; Galatians 5:22; Ephesians 1:15; Colossians 1:4; 1 Thessalonians 4:9; Hebrews 6:10,11; 13:1; 1 Peter 1:22; 1 Peter 3:8; 2 Peter 1:7
that loveth
2:9,11; 4:20; Proverbs 21:16
Reciprocal: Genesis 13:8 - brethren; Psalm 15:4 - but; Psalm 119:63 - a companion; Psalm 122:6 - they shall; Psalm 133:1 - how good; Matthew 5:22 - his brother; Matthew 25:42 - General; Luke 7:5 - he loveth; John 3:36 - that believeth on; John 13:34 - A new; John 18:37 - Every; Acts 6:3 - brethren; Romans 5:13 - but sin; Romans 16:8 - my; Galatians 5:6 - faith; Philippians 1:7 - I have you in my heart; Colossians 1:13 - and; Colossians 3:12 - mercies; Titus 1:8 - a lover of good; 1 John 2:8 - which; 1 John 3:10 - neither; 1 John 3:19 - hereby; 2 John 1:5 - that we

Verse 15

Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.
hateth
Genesis 27:41; Leviticus 19:16-18; 2 Samuel 13:22-28; Proverbs 26:24-26; Matthew 5:21,22,28; Mark 6:19; Acts 23:12,14; James 1:15; 4:1,2
hath
John 4:14; Galatians 5:21; 1 Peter 1:23; Revelation 21:8
Reciprocal: Genesis 4:2 - a keeper; Deuteronomy 15:9 - sin unto thee; 1 Samuel 19:4 - sin against; Zechariah 7:10 - imagine; John 3:36 - that believeth on; Ephesians 4:31 - with; 1 John 3:10 - neither

Verse 16

Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
perceive
4:9,10; Matthew 20:28; John 3:16; 10:15; 15:13; Acts 20:28; Romans 5:8; Ephesians 5:2,25; Titus 2:13; 1 Peter 1:18; 2:24; 3:18; Revelation 1:5; 5:9
and we
2:6; 4:11; John 13:34; 15:12,13; Romans 16:4; Philippians 2:17,30
Reciprocal: Genesis 44:33 - instead; Leviticus 16:10 - to make; Deuteronomy 15:7 - thou shalt; Deuteronomy 15:11 - Thou shalt; Deuteronomy 15:15 - General; Judges 5:18 - their lives; 1 Chronicles 21:17 - let thine; Psalm 112:9 - dispersed; Proverbs 24:11 - General; Song of Solomon 5:4 - my bowels; Ezekiel 18:7 - hath given; Matthew 5:42 - General; Matthew 25:35 - I was an; Mark 8:34 - follow; Mark 14:7 - ye have; Luke 10:31 - he passed; Luke 10:37 - Go; Luke 11:41 - rather; Luke 12:17 - shall; John 14:24 - that; John 21:17 - Feed; Acts 2:44 - had; Acts 20:24 - neither; Romans 5:7 - scarcely; 1 Corinthians 13:4 - is kind; 1 Corinthians 13:5 - seeketh; 2 Corinthians 4:12 - death; 2 Corinthians 8:4 - the ministering; 2 Corinthians 13:14 - the love; Galatians 1:4 - gave; Galatians 4:15 - if; Galatians 5:13 - but; Ephesians 6:20 - boldly; 1 Thessalonians 2:8 - but; 2 Thessalonians 2:16 - which; James 2:16 - one; 1 Peter 2:21 - leaving; 2 Peter 1:7 - brotherly; 1 John 4:16 - we

Verse 17

But whoso 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?
whoso
Deuteronomy 15:7-11; Proverbs 19:17; Isaiah 58:7-10; Luke 3:11; 2 Corinthians 8:9,14,15; 9:5-9; 1 Timothy 6:17,18; Hebrews 13:16
shutteth
Proverbs 12:10; *marg: ; Proverbs 28:9
how
4:20; 5:1
Reciprocal: Genesis 43:30 - his bowels; Leviticus 25:35 - then; Deuteronomy 10:19 - General; Deuteronomy 24:19 - may bless; Deuteronomy 26:13 - I have not; Ruth 2:16 - General; 1 Kings 3:26 - her bowels; 2 Chronicles 28:15 - clothed; Job 31:17 - the fatherless; Psalm 25:6 - thy tender mercies; Psalm 77:9 - shut up; Psalm 125:4 - Do good; Proverbs 3:9 - General; Proverbs 14:21 - he that hath; Proverbs 14:31 - but; Proverbs 17:5 - mocketh; Proverbs 19:7 - yet; Proverbs 24:11 - General; Ecclesiastes 11:3 - the clouds; Song of Solomon 5:4 - my bowels; Isaiah 63:15 - thy bowels; Ezekiel 33:31 - for with; Matthew 6:2 - when; Matthew 26:11 - ye have; Mark 12:31 - Thou; Mark 12:44 - all her; Luke 1:78 - tender; Luke 11:41 - rather; John 5:42 - that; Acts 2:45 - parted; Romans 12:13 - Distributing; 1 Corinthians 13:5 - seeketh; 1 Corinthians 16:1 - the saints; 2 Corinthians 6:12 - in your; 2 Corinthians 7:15 - inward affection is; 2 Corinthians 8:8 - prove; 2 Corinthians 9:12 - only; Galatians 2:10 - that; Ephesians 1:15 - love; Philippians 1:8 - in; Colossians 3:12 - bowels; Philemon 1:20 - refresh; Hebrews 6:10 - work; James 1:27 - To visit; 1 John 2:15 - the love; 1 John 4:11 - General

Verse 18

My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.
My
2:1
let
Exodus 33:21; Matthew 25:41-45; Romans 12:9; 1 Corinthians 13:4-7; Galatians 5:13; 6:1,2; Ephesians 4:1-3,15; 1 Thessalonians 1:3; James 2:15,16; 1 Peter 1:22
Reciprocal: Deuteronomy 10:19 - General; Judges 19:20 - let all thy wants; Ruth 2:16 - General; 2 Chronicles 28:15 - clothed; Job 31:19 - General; Proverbs 3:9 - General; Proverbs 19:7 - yet; Isaiah 32:17 - quietness; Isaiah 58:7 - to deal; Ezekiel 33:31 - for with; Luke 7:5 - and; Luke 7:47 - she; Luke 10:27 - and thy; John 14:21 - that hath; John 19:27 - took; Acts 9:39 - and showing; Acts 16:34 - when; Romans 15:18 - by word; 1 Corinthians 5:8 - but; 2 Corinthians 6:6 - love; 2 Corinthians 6:13 - I speak; Philippians 4:8 - are true; Colossians 3:17 - in word; 2 Thessalonians 2:17 - in; Hebrews 6:10 - work; Hebrews 10:24 - love; James 3:17 - hypocrisy; 1 Peter 3:8 - love as brethren; 1 John 4:21 - General; 2 John 1:1 - whom; 3 John 1:1 - whom

Verse 19

And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him.
hereby
14; 1:8; John 13:35; 18:37
shall
21; Isaiah 32:17; Hebrews 6:10,11; 10:22
assure
Gr. persuade.
Romans 4:21; 8:38; 2 Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 11:13
Reciprocal: Job 8:6 - thou wert; Job 11:15 - lift up; Job 31:37 - as a; Psalm 119:56 - because; Proverbs 20:27 - spirit; Daniel 6:22 - forasmuch; Matthew 28:20 - them; Luke 7:5 - and; John 19:27 - took; Romans 2:15 - accusing; Romans 8:16 - with our; Romans 9:1 - my conscience; Romans 14:5 - persuaded; 2 Corinthians 1:12 - our rejoicing; 2 Corinthians 5:1 - we know; Galatians 6:4 - rejoicing; Colossians 2:2 - of the full; Hebrews 10:19 - Having; 1 Peter 3:8 - love as brethren; 2 Peter 1:10 - to make; 1 John 2:3 - hereby; 1 John 4:17 - we may

Verse 20

For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.
if
Job 27:6; John 8:9; Acts 5:33; Romans 2:14,15; 1 Corinthians 4:4; 14:24,25; Titus 3:11
God
4:4; Job 33:12; John 10:29,30; Hebrews 6:13
and
Psalms 44:20,21; 90:8; 139:1-4; Jeremiah 17:10; 23:24; John 2:24,25; 21:17; Hebrews 4:13; Revelation 2:23
Reciprocal: Genesis 3:10 - and I was; 1 Samuel 3:13 - which he knoweth; 1 Samuel 24:5 - David's heart; 2 Samuel 24:10 - David's heart; 1 Kings 2:44 - Thou knowest; Job 9:3 - he cannot; Job 9:21 - yet would; Job 9:32 - not a man; Job 13:15 - but I will; Job 22:26 - lift up; Psalm 66:19 - General; Psalm 119:2 - keep; Psalm 119:6 - shall I; Psalm 145:18 - call upon; Jeremiah 12:3 - knowest; Matthew 21:25 - Why; 1 Corinthians 11:28 - let a; 2 Corinthians 13:5 - Examine; 1 Thessalonians 3:13 - he may; 1 Timothy 2:8 - lifting; Hebrews 10:22 - an evil

Verse 21

Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.
2:28; 4:17; Job 22:26; 27:6; Psalms 7:3-5; 101:2; 1 Corinthians 4:4; 2 Corinthians 1:12; 1 Timothy 2:8; Hebrews 4:16; 10:22
Reciprocal: 1 Samuel 20:1 - What have; 1 Samuel 24:5 - David's heart; 2 Samuel 24:10 - David's heart; 2 Kings 20:3 - in truth; Psalm 17:1 - Hear; Psalm 99:7 - kept; Psalm 119:6 - shall I; Isaiah 38:3 - I have; Isaiah 58:9 - shalt thou; Jeremiah 12:3 - knowest; Matthew 7:21 - that; Luke 11:28 - General; John 9:31 - and doeth; John 15:10 - ye keep; Romans 8:27 - according; Romans 14:22 - Happy; 1 Corinthians 11:28 - let a; 2 Corinthians 13:5 - Examine; 1 Thessalonians 1:3 - in the; 1 Thessalonians 3:13 - he may; 1 John 3:19 - shall; 1 John 5:14 - this

Verse 22

And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.
whatsoever
5:14; Psalms 10:17; 34:4,15-17; 50:15; 66:18,19; 145:18,19; Proverbs 15:29; Proverbs 28:9; Isaiah 1:15; 55:6,7; Jeremiah 29:12,13; 33:3; Matthew 7:7,8; 21:22; Mark 11:24; Luke 11:9-13; John 9:31; 14:13; 15:7; 16:23,24; James 1:5; 5:16
because
23,24; Matthew 7:24,25; 17:5; John 15:10; Acts 17:30; 20:21
do
John 6:29; 8:29; 9:31; Philippians 4:18; Colossians 1:10; Hebrews 13:21
Reciprocal: Leviticus 19:37 - General; 2 Kings 20:3 - in truth; Psalm 78:7 - keep; Psalm 99:7 - kept; Proverbs 16:7 - please; Proverbs 19:16 - keepeth the; Isaiah 38:3 - I have; Isaiah 58:9 - shalt thou; Ezekiel 18:11 - that; Matthew 18:19 - That if; Mark 3:35 - do; Luke 8:21 - which; Romans 8:8 - please; Romans 8:27 - according; 1 Corinthians 7:19 - but; Philippians 4:9 - do; 1 Thessalonians 4:1 - to please; Hebrews 10:22 - in full; Hebrews 11:5 - that he; James 4:3 - and; 1 John 2:3 - if we; 1 John 5:2 - General

Verse 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 us commandment.
his commandment
Deuteronomy 18:15-19; Psalms 2:12; Mark 9:7; John 6:29; 14:1; 17:3; Acts 16:31; 1 Timothy 1:15
love
11; 2:8-10; 4:21; Matthew 22:39; John 13:34; 15:12; Ephesians 5:2; 1 Thessalonians 4:9; 1 Peter 1:22; 4:8
Reciprocal: Leviticus 19:37 - General; Deuteronomy 30:15 - General; Matthew 12:50 - do; Mark 3:35 - do; Luke 8:21 - which; Luke 10:37 - Go; John 1:12 - even; John 12:50 - his; John 16:14 - for; Romans 1:3 - his Son; Galatians 3:22 - to; Colossians 1:4 - faith; Colossians 3:14 - charity; 1 Thessalonians 3:6 - faith; 1 Timothy 1:5 - faith; Philemon 1:5 - toward the Lord; Hebrews 13:1 - General; 1 John 2:3 - if we; 1 John 3:14 - because; 1 John 3:22 - because; 1 John 4:11 - General; 1 John 5:13 - believe; 2 John 1:5 - that we; Revelation 2:26 - keepeth; Revelation 22:14 - Blessed

Verse 24

And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.
he that
22; John 14:21-23; 15:7-10
dwelleth
4:7,12,15,16; John 6:54-56; 17:21; 1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:19; 2 Corinthians 6:16; 2 Timothy 1:14
we
4:13; Romans 8:9-17; Galatians 4:5,6 Reciprocal: Ezekiel 36:27 - I will; Ezekiel 39:29 - for; Matthew 12:50 - do; Luke 10:37 - Go; John 6:56 - dwelleth; John 12:50 - his; John 14:17 - but; John 16:14 - for; John 17:22 - that; John 17:26 - and I:2 Corinthians 5:5 - the earnest; 2 Corinthians 13:14 - the communion; Galatians 3:22 - to; Ephesians 2:22 - an; Ephesians 4:6 - and in; Philippians 2:1 - if any fellowship; 1 Thessalonians 4:8 - who; 1 John 2:5 - hereby; 1 John 2:27 - the anointing; 1 John 4:4 - greater; 1 John 5:19 - we know; Revelation 22:14 - Blessed

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on 1 John 3". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/tsk/1-john-3.html.