1 John 3:18

“My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

My little children, let vs not loue in word, neither in tongue, but indeede and in trueth.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

`My' Little children, let us not love in word, neither with the tongue; but in deed and truth.
- American Standard Version (1901)

My little children, do not let our love be in word and in tongue, but let it be in act and in good faith.
- Basic English Bible

Children, let us not love with word, nor with tongue, but in deed and in truth.
- Darby Bible

My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue, but in deed and in truth.
- Webster's Bible

Dear children, let us not love in words only nor with the lips, but in deed and in truth.
- Weymouth Bible

My little children, let's not love in word only, neither with the tongue only, but in deed and truth.
- World English Bible

Mi litle sones, loue we not in word, nethir in tunge, but in werk and treuthe.
- Wycliffe Bible

My little children, may we not love in word nor in tongue, but in word and in truth!
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 John 3:18


3:18 Not in word - Only. But in deed - In action: not in tongue by empty professions, but in truth.


People's Bible Notes for 1 John 3:18


1Jo 3:18 Let us not love in word. Our love must not show itself in empty professions.

Discussion for 1 John 3

  • Wayne
    Behold what manner of love the Father hath bestode upon us that we should be called the sons of God. Keep this in our hearts and minds everyday. Ephesians 3:26 also.
  • 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!

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