1 John 3:12

“Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother's righteous.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slewe his brother: and wherefore slewe hee him? because his owne workes were euill, and his brothers righteous.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

not as Cain, {who} was of the evil one and slew his brother. And for what reason did he slay him? Because his deeds were evil, and his brother's were righteous.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

not as Cain was of the evil one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his works were evil, and his brother's righteous.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Not being of the Evil One like Cain, who put his brother to death. And why did he put him to death? Because his works were evil and his brother's works were good.
- Basic English Bible

not as Cain was of the wicked one, and slew his brother; and on account of what slew he him? because his works were wicked, and those of his brother righteous.
- Darby Bible

Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And why did he slay him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother's righteous.
- Webster's Bible

We are not to resemble Cain, who was a child of the Evil one and killed his own brother. And why did he kill him? Because his own actions were wicked and his brother's actions righteous.
- Weymouth Bible

unlike Cain, who was of the evil one, and killed his brother. Why did he kill him? Because his works were evil, and his brother's righteous.
- World English Bible

not as Caym, that was of the yuele, and slouy his brother. And for what thing slouy he him? for hise werkis weren yuele, and hise brotheris iust.
- Wycliffe Bible

not as Cain -- of the evil one he was, and he did slay his brother, and wherefore did he slay him? because his works were evil, and those of his brother righteous.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 John 3:12


3:12 Who was of the wicked one - Who showed he was a child of the devil by killing his brother. And wherefore slew he him - For any fault? No, but just the reverse; for his goodness.


People's Bible Notes for 1 John 3:12


1Jo 3:12 Not as Cain, [who] was of that wicked one. Cain, who hated and slew his brother (Ge 4:8), is an extreme type of children of the devil. This hater and murderer is condemned far more severely in the Scriptures than the disobedient Adam.

Discussion for 1 John 3

  • Wayne
    Good scripture, Steve. Once again stating Jesus is the Son of God.
  • Lilly
    In verses 1 John was urging Christians to think about the nature and magnitude of God’s love for them, to consider how God loves them. Comprehending Jehovah’s love in those terms will surely deepen our love for him and strengthen our relationship with him.
  • Jacob Ameh Sani
    Verse 18: True Love is burden bearing( John 3:16, Galatians 6:2) and it is never convenient most times. If you wait until it is convenient for you before attending to the plights of all men( believers and heathens) you may miss out on the call of Love and/or God.
  • Wayne
    And every man that hath this hope in Him, purifieth himself, even as He is pure. V.3
  • Steve morrow
    1 JOHN 3:23 AND THIS IS HIS COMMANDMENT THAT WE SHOULD BELIEVE ON THE NAME OF HIS SON JESUS CHRIST AND LOVE ONE ANOTHER AS HE GAVE US COMMANDMENT *** 1 JOHN 4:17 HEREIN IS OUR LOVE MADE PEFECT THAT WE MAY HAVE BOLDNESS IN THE DAY OF JUDGEMENT BECAUSE --- AS HE IS --- SO ARE WE IN THIS WORLD ***** HELP US MY LORD KING THAT WE WOULD BE OBEDIENT CHILDREN I ASK AND PRAY IN YOUR NAME JESUS *****
  • Wayne
    V. 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. V. 9, Whosoever is born of God doth not commit.

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