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

  • Charl
    The new commandment is not in replacement of the old but in addition to. How wonderful how marvelous
    God loves even me!
  • Wayne
    Ben, the whole reading is to show love to the brethren in physical works. Not just saying I love the brethren but to share with those in need with our abundance. Verse 17 states this. One whose has plenty is to relieve the need of another. To God this is a perfect fit. Before salvation, we are sinners. God is sinless. So we, in our need, ask God for his relieve for our sinfulness.
  • Lu2677
    V. 18; Wholesome words are important. Many people speak words of love but there are no deeds of love. What this does is expose them, they are not in the truth. Jesus is the way the truth and the life.
  • Ben Redding
    Why do you suppose in vs 18 he says both Love not in word and tongue as a word has to come from the tongue?
  • Randy
    People have been taught and are still being taught that 'the flesh' counts for something. It does not. Make no provision for the flesh. Jesus condemned sin in the flesh for us. The veil has been done away in Christ. Whether knowledge of the doctrine of truth is from seeking diligently or is a revelation of God....I don't know. I tend to think it is both. HIS eyes seek someone to bless!
  • Wayne
    So then vv. 6 and 8-9 are correct. So then church people who believe they can sin in the morning and "repent" all night are kind of living with a veil over their eyes, so to speak. They apparently do not want to proceed further into Christ. Or are following a false teacher- leader.

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