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

  • Dan
    as he is so are we in this word 1 jn 4: - 17 1 jn 3: -3 he is pure 1 jn 3: -2 we will be like him pure because of our faith heb 11: 1 faith is the substance of things hoped for the evidence of things not seen he that has this hope in him faith purefies himself as he is pure
  • Wayne
    John is addressing this letter to the sons of God, who he calls beloved vv.1-2. Urging them to purify themselves in Christ. According to their hope in Christ. In purifying themselves, and walking in Christ's power, they will know, in their hearts, they are right with God. No condemnation.
  • Bro William
    ...Unless your heart is deceitful and desperately wicked. "Wherein have I sinned?" There is condemnation of those who walk in darkness who say they know God according to their senses. Although their heart condemns them not. LORD, LORD! OPEN UNTO US! "DEPART FROM ME INTO EVERLASTING DARKNESS, "where the worm dieth not and the fire is not quenched, where there is wailing and gnashing of teeth".
  • Wayne
    And v. 21. If our heart doesnt condemn us, then we have confidence toward God. Isn't that great!!!
  • 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.

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