1 John 3:8

“He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

He that committeth sinne, is of the deuill, for the deuill sinneth from the beginning: for this purpose the Sonne of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the deuill.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

the one who practices sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

he that doeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. To this end was the Son of God manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.
- American Standard Version (1901)

The sinner is a child of the Evil One; for the Evil One has been a sinner from the first. And the Son of God was seen on earth so that he might put an end to the works of the Evil One.
- Basic English Bible

He that practises sin is of the devil; for from [the] beginning the devil sins. To this end the Son of God has been manifested, that he might undo the works of the devil.
- Darby Bible

He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.
- Webster's Bible

He who is habitually guilty of sin is a child of the Devil, because the Devil has been a sinner from the very beginning. The Son of God appeared for the purpose of undoing the work of the Devil.
- Weymouth Bible

He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. To this end the Son of God was revealed, that he might destroy the works of the devil.
- World English Bible

He that doith synne, is of the deuel; for the deuel synneth fro the bigynnyng. In this thing the sone of God apperide, that he vndo the werkis of the deuel.
- Wycliffe Bible

he who is doing the sin, of the devil he is, because from the beginning the devil doth sin; for this was the Son of God manifested, that he may break up the works of the devil;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 John 3:8


3:8 He that committeth sin is a child of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning - That is, was the first sinner in the universe, and has continued to sin ever since. The Son of God was manifested to destroy the works of the devil - All sin. And will he not perform this in all that trust in him?


People's Bible Notes for 1 John 3:8


1Jo 3:8 He that committeth sin is of the devil. A sinful life is a proof of the devil's power. Christ came to destroy the works of the devil, and it is his work to destroy sin in all his disciples.

Discussion for 1 John 3

  • Wayne
    He that committeth sin is of the devil. For the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested that He might destroy the works of the devil. He that doth not commit sin is born of God. For His seed remaineth in Him and he cannot sin because he is born of God. Vv. 8-9.

  • Wayne
    Let not sin reign in your mortal bodies that you not obey it's lusts.
  • Wayne
    Whosoever abideth in Him sinneth not. Whosoever sinneth hath not seen Him, neither known Him. Pretty clear. Plain English. He that committeth sin is of the devil. It's in The Holy Bible.
  • Arjie
    The bible is teaching us that once we accepted JESUS CHRIST as our personal LORD and SAVIOUR what took place is we become reconciled, redeemed and born again that means our souls is sealed by the HOLY SPIRIT of promised in Eph 1:13 - That is why we cannot sin spiritually but does not mean we cannot commit sin physically. We are still capable to commit sin. IF we pursue we could never take pleasure
  • Paul Okoro
    The word of God is so clear about what true holiness and righteousness really is. As we are clearly thought in these verses, the true children of God are those that are practicing both righteousness and love at the same time.But unfortunately many bible teachers and preachers have always emphasized righteouness without love. Some others emphasize love without righteousness. These are wrong teachings that can't guaranty entrance to heaven for anyone. To be able to see God and our lord Jesus at the end of time, we must practice the type of righteousness that goes with love.
  • 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.

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