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

  • BSP
    Verse 20 shows that no matter what we feel about ourselves, God is greater than our hearts and knows all things.
  • Wayne
    Behold the Lamb of God that taketh away the SIN of the world.
  • Wayne
    To repent is not saying time and again I' m sorry and then going out and sinning some more. Repentance is realizing you are a sinner and asking for the Lord's forgiveness. And from that time living in Jesus's power. A changed new creature in Christ. 2 cor.5:17. Romans 6 chapter. Power over sin. Sin shall not have dominion over you.
  • Wayne
    The soul that sinneth it shall surely die. Be ye holy as I am Holy.verse 6. Whosoever abideth in Him sinneth not. Whosoever sinneth hath not seen Him, neither known. Verse 8. He that committeth sin is of the devil. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested that He might destroy the works of the devil.
  • Teresa
    We are still sinners. No one is without sin. That is why we repent asking for forgiveness. God knows all things. If you think you can live without being a sinner you are a hypocrite! I believe this chapter is telling us not to shut up our bowels of compassion for each other. The key is love and compassion. It's also not about giving others their needs of the flesh.



  • Wayne
    Each born again believer is to live above and without sin. The whole chapter is a sinless life if one is born again. He states we are to purify ourselves in Christ. He states this also in chapters 1

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