1 John 3:1

“Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Beholde, what manner of loue the Father hath bestowed vpon vs, that wee should be called the sonnes of God: therfore the world knoweth vs not, because it knewe him not.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and {such} we are. For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Behold what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called children of God; and `such' we are. For this cause the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
- American Standard Version (1901)

See what great love the Father has given us in naming us the children of God; and such we are. For this reason the world does not see who we are, because it did not see who he was.
- Basic English Bible

See what love the Father has given to us, that we should be called [the] children of God. For this reason the world knows us not, because it knew him not.
- Darby Bible

Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
- Webster's Bible

See what marvellous love the Father has bestowed upon us--that we should be called God's children: and that is what we are. For this reason the world does not recognize us--because it has not known Him.
- Weymouth Bible

Behold, how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! For this cause the world doesn't know us, because it didn't know him.
- World English Bible

Se ye what maner charite the fadir yaf to vs, that we be named the sones of God, and ben hise sones. For this thing the world knewe not vs, for it knew not hym.
- Wycliffe Bible

See ye what love the Father hath given to us, that children of God we may be called; because of this the world doth not know us, because it did not know Him;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 John 3:1


3:1 That we should be called - That is, should be, the children of God. Therefore the world knoweth us not - They know not what to make of us. We are a mystery to them.


People's Bible Notes for 1 John 3:1


1Jo 3:1 Children Born of God SUMMARY OF I JOHN 3: The Marvellous Love of the Father. Sons of God Should Be Sinless. Christ Manifested to Remove Sin. Love the Proof That We Abide in God. The Spirit a Proof That We Abide in God. Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us. 1Jo 2:29 speaks of the saints as born of God. That thought suggests the wonderful love in allowing us to be born again and thus to become God's children. That we should be called the sons of God. What greater glory than to be acknowledged as sons of the King of Kings! Therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. If the world does not know the Father it will not know his children.

Discussion for 1 John 3

  • Steve morrow
    1 john 3:10 in this the children of GOD are manifest and the children of the devil whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of GOD neither he that loveth not his brother ----HELP US LORD JESUS TO KNOW THAT WITHHOLDING TRUTH FROM OUR BROTHERS
  • Irene123
    V. 16 - N0, we don't 'physically' die; we lay down our lives when we are 'buried' with Him in baptism, Col. 2:12; Rom. 6:4; and in the mouths of two or three witnesses ... "; God bless you, Mockingbird.
  • Ronald Abraham
    The word "whosoever" touches me greatly as it means the door is open to drug addicts criminals all those called scum one requirement is to believe and salvation is assured
  • William boles
    if we are truly born again our hearts are changed thats what nicedemos didn;t understand lots of people are led by there flesh not there hearts the thought today is we confess salvation now we can do whatever we want that is wilful Sin ask ourselves would christ do this or that the apostle paul said follow me As i follow Christ be in the world but not of the world not partakers of there sins
  • Steve morrow
    1 JOHN 3:16 HEREBY PERCEIVE WE THE LOVE OF GOD BECAUSE HE LAID DOWN HIS LIFE FOR US AND WE OUGHT TO LAY DOWN OUR LIVES FOR THE BRETHREN 3:17 BUT WHOSO HATH THIS WORLDS GOOD AND SEETH HIS BROTHER HAVE NEED AND SHUTTETH UP HIS BOWELS OF COMPASSION FROM HIM HOW DWELLETH THE LOVE OF GOD IN HIM JOHN 14:15 --IF--YOU LOVE ME KEEP MY COMMANDMENTS
  • Steve morrow
    1 john 3:7 LITTLE CHILDREN LET ---NO MAN---DECEIVE YOU HE THAT DOETH RIGHTEOUSNESS IS RIGHTEOUS EVEN AS HE IS RIGHTEOUS 3:10 IN THIS THE CHILDREN OF GOD ARE MANIFEST AND THE CHILDREN OF the devil WHOSOEVER DOETH NOT RIGHTEOUSNESS IS NOT OF GOD NEITHER HE THAT LOVETH NOT HIS BROTHER 1 john 2:29 IF YOU KNOW THAT HE IS RIGHTEOUS YOU KNOW THAT EVERYONE THAT DOETH RIGHTEOUSNESS IS --BORN OF HIM--

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