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
    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.
  • Wayne
    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. In this the children of God are manifest and the children of the devil.
  • Michael C.
    Written probably from Ephesus about 96 AD; John the Apostle by that time, was a very deeply taught, well refined and mature man of God; mightily filled with the Holy Spirit, and his words full of the expression of God's thoughts, and not one of them falling to the ground. We should long to know the Lord like John did, and like all our heroes in the Bible. We are, after all, who they wrote for!
  • Librarygal143
    Amen, and thank you, Jesus.
  • BSP
    No matter what our hearts condemn us in, God is greater than our feelings and our hearts.
  • Lilian
    For God is love no condemnations if we abide Jesus and his words into our hearts thru his words he purifies our hearts coz even his own words are pure and purifies 7 times. No one is greater on this earth its only Jesus by his blood he destroy the works of the defeated devil. It is his will to save us, bless us and heal us.Jesus hears our prayers and answers when we praise him and worship him amen

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