1 John 3:1

“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.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Beholde, what manner of loue the Father hath bestowed vpon vs, that wee should be called the sonnes of God: therfore the world knoweth vs not, because it knewe him not.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and {such} we are. For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Behold what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called children of God; and `such' we are. For this cause the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
- American Standard Version (1901)

See what great love the Father has given us in naming us the children of God; and such we are. For this reason the world does not see who we are, because it did not see who he was.
- Basic English Bible

See what love the Father has given to us, that we should be called [the] children of God. For this reason the world knows us not, because it knew him not.
- Darby Bible

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.
- Webster's Bible

See what marvellous love the Father has bestowed upon us--that we should be called God's children: and that is what we are. For this reason the world does not recognize us--because it has not known Him.
- Weymouth Bible

Behold, how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! For this cause the world doesn't know us, because it didn't know him.
- World English Bible

Se ye what maner charite the fadir yaf to vs, that we be named the sones of God, and ben hise sones. For this thing the world knewe not vs, for it knew not hym.
- Wycliffe Bible

See ye what love the Father hath given to us, that children of God we may be called; because of this the world doth not know us, because it did not know Him;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 John 3:1


3:1 That we should be called - That is, should be, the children of God. Therefore the world knoweth us not - They know not what to make of us. We are a mystery to them.


People's Bible Notes for 1 John 3:1


1Jo 3:1 Children Born of God SUMMARY OF I JOHN 3: The Marvellous Love of the Father. Sons of God Should Be Sinless. Christ Manifested to Remove Sin. Love the Proof That We Abide in God. The Spirit a Proof That We Abide in God. Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us. 1Jo 2:29 speaks of the saints as born of God. That thought suggests the wonderful love in allowing us to be born again and thus to become God's children. That we should be called the sons of God. What greater glory than to be acknowledged as sons of the King of Kings! Therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. If the world does not know the Father it will not know his children.

Discussion for 1 John 3

  • Wayne
    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 doth not commit sin is born of God. For His seed remaineth in Him and he cannot sin because he is born of God. Vv. 8-9.

  • Wayne
    Let not sin reign in your mortal bodies that you not obey it's lusts.
  • Wayne
    Whosoever abideth in Him sinneth not. Whosoever sinneth hath not seen Him, neither known Him. Pretty clear. Plain English. He that committeth sin is of the devil. It's in The Holy Bible.
  • Arjie
    The bible is teaching us that once we accepted JESUS CHRIST as our personal LORD and SAVIOUR what took place is we become reconciled, redeemed and born again that means our souls is sealed by the HOLY SPIRIT of promised in Eph 1:13 - That is why we cannot sin spiritually but does not mean we cannot commit sin physically. We are still capable to commit sin. IF we pursue we could never take pleasure
  • Paul Okoro
    The word of God is so clear about what true holiness and righteousness really is. As we are clearly thought in these verses, the true children of God are those that are practicing both righteousness and love at the same time.But unfortunately many bible teachers and preachers have always emphasized righteouness without love. Some others emphasize love without righteousness. These are wrong teachings that can't guaranty entrance to heaven for anyone. To be able to see God and our lord Jesus at the end of time, we must practice the type of righteousness that goes with love.
  • Wayne
    If our heart condemns us God is greater than our heart and knoweth all things. If our heart condemns us not, then we have confidence toward God. vv 20-21.

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