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
    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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