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

  • Dan
    God is light 1JN 5 1jn 3:24 And he that keepeth his comandments god dwelleth in him and he in God 1Jn 3:23 And this is his commandment that we believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another as he gave commandment do this and you walk in the light which is god
  • 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.

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