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 for 1 John 3:12

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 for 1 John 3:12

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 3:12

  • Lionjudah on 1 John 3:12
    To all my Brothers and sisters in christ who are scattered in the four corners of the world Peace be upon u all. Maye the Grace of our heavenly Father favour your prayer's through his mighty right hand our saviour who brought us out of spirital bondage. Just reading all these comment's and testimony's. Wow!! Everyone waiting on christ to return. What are really waiting for the anitichrist? Wake up people he that has and ear let him hear. He already lives in us. walk in the spirit ask of the father in christ for your spirital awaking that's in u? all of u who read's this? I'm just washing your feet Doing the will of my father in heaven to much carnal mind that's enmity against jah, I pray you guy's understand I speak spirital. love u all I pray u get the understanding? meany are called but few a chosen..
  • Rachat on 1 John 3:12
    Cain was of that wicked one the serpent. He was the child of the serpent. Adam was the Son of God and we know that God is not wicked. That can only mean that the serpent had intercourse with eve thus producing cain with all the ungodly manifestations that his father (the devil) had.
  • David W Black - in Reply on 1 John 3:12
    Sorry there but you're off on an incorrect line of thinking. Cain was still Adam's son. Cain's murder of his brother was a manifestation of his carnal heart that he inherited from daddy, that is Adam. Carnality is why you parents do not spend time teaching your children to misbehave but to correct wrong behavior. Yet they still learn to lie, steal, hate, and etc. Typically children just naturally know how to be dishonest. They were born that way because they were born carnal.

    There is a cure for that carnal heart. Step 1 is to be saved from committed sin through the prayer of repentance. Step 2 is to offer yourself to God by being sanctified, assuming you've not sinned since repentance, which is required of all to cease the sinning now on Earth. You'll need to ask Him to remove the carnal nature and to fill you with the Holy Ghost. That is the cure, how to stop sinning. Each person needs to be saved from committed and inherited sins, or you die lost.
  • Claire - in Reply on 1 John 3:12
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    I don't think God put these commandments in the Bible by accident. God does [everything] for a reason. I have asked Jesus into my heart & repented for my sins, but I'm not 100% sure that I'm saved because I'm still sinning. I'm going to try & cure my carnal heart by following all your steps & seeing if I feel any different. Thank you for sharing these steps in this thread.

    God bless you & your family.

    Kind Regards

    Claire
  • Claire - in Reply on 1 John 3:12
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    Deuteronomy 4:13 And he declared unto you his covenant, which he commanded [you to perform], even ten commandments; and he wrote them upon two tables of stone.

    Deuteronomy 6:17 | View whole chapter | See verse in context

    Ye shall diligently keep the commandments of the LORD your God, and his testimonies, and his statutes, which he hath commanded thee.

    Deuteronomy 11:22 For if ye [shall diligently keep all] these commandments which I [command you], [to do them], to love the LORD your God, [to walk in all his ways], and to cleave unto him;

    Deuteronomy 13:4 Ye [shall walk] after the LORD your God, and fear him, and [keep] his commandments, and [obey] his voice, and ye [shall] serve him, and cleave unto him.

    2 Chronicles 31:21 And in every work that he began in the service of the house of God, and in the law, and in the commandments, to seek his God, [he did it with all his heart, and prospered.]

    Deuteronomy 7:9 Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with [them that love him and keep his commandments] to a thousand generations;

    Deuteronomy 11:1 Therefore thou shalt love the LORD thy God, and [keep] his charge, and his statutes, and his judgments, and his commandments, [alway.]

    Deuteronomy 15:5 [Only] if thou carefully hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to [observe to do all] these commandments which I command thee this day.

    Deuteronomy 27:10 Thou shalt therefore [obey] the voice of the LORD thy God, [and do] his commandments and his statutes, which I command thee this day.

    Deuteronomy 30:8 And thou shalt return and [obey] the voice of the LORD, [and do all] his commandments which I command thee this day.

    1 Kings 8:58 That he may incline our hearts unto him, [to walk in all his ways], [and to keep] his commandments, and his statutes, and his judgments, which he commanded our fathers.

    These are just a few of the scriptures [commanding us to keep them.]
  • Claire - in Reply on 1 John 3:12
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    1 Chronicles 28:7 Moreover I will establish his kingdom for ever, [if] he be [constant] to [do] my commandments [and] my judgments, as at this day.

    1 John 2:4 He that saith, I know him, and [keepeth not] his commandments, [is a liar], and [the truth is not in him].

    Revelation 14:12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they [that keep] the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

    Exodus 16:28 And the LORD said unto Moses, How long refuse ye to [keep] my commandments and [my laws?]

    Deuteronomy 6:25 And it shall be our righteousness, [if] we observe to [do all] these commandments before the LORD our God, as he hath commanded us.

    1 Kings 8:61 Let your heart therefore be [perfect] with the LORD our God, to [walk] in his statutes, and to [keep] his commandments, as at this day.

    Psalms 119:21 Thou hast rebuked the [proud] that are [cursed], which [do err] from thy commandments.

    Ecclesiastes 12:13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and [keep] his commandments: for this is the [whole duty] of man.

    1 John 3:22 And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we [keep] his commandments, and [do] those things that are pleasing in his sight.

    1 John 3:24 And he that [keepeth] his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.

    Deuteronomy 11:28 And a [curse], if ye will [not obey] the commandments of the LORD your God, but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day, to go after other gods, which ye have not known.

    Proverbs 4:4 He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: [keep] my commandments, and [live].

    Proverbs 10:8 The [wise] in heart [will] receive commandments: but a [prating fool shall fall].

    Revelation 22:14 Blessed are [they] that [do] his commandments, that [they] may have right to the tree of life, and [may enter] in through the gates into the city.
  • Claire - in Reply on 1 John 3:12
    Hi David W Black,

    page 1



    I agree that Cain inherited his sinful nature from Adam. Before Adam & Eve ate from the tree of knowledge of good & evil they knew no sin because they were made in the image of God. It was only after they ate from the tree that they new good & evil.

    Jesus is our role model on how we [should] live. [If] it was [impossible] for us to [sin no more] then Jesus wouldn't of commanded us to [do] it.

    John 5:14 Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: [sin no more], lest a worse thing come unto thee.

    John 8:11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and [sin no more].

    1 John 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we [keep] his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

    John 15:10 [If] ye [keep] my commandments, ye [shall] abide in my love; even as I have [kept] my Father's commandments, and abide in his love.

    1 John 2:3 And hereby we do know that we know him, [if] we [keep] his commandments.

    Leviticus 22:31 Therefore shall ye [keep] my commandments, and [do] them: I am the LORD.

    John 14:15 [If] ye love me, [keep] my commandments.

    Leviticus 26:3 [If] ye walk in my statutes, [and keep] my commandments, and [do] them;

    Numbers 15:40 That ye may remember, and [do] [all] my commandments, and [be holy] unto your God.

    Deuteronomy 5:29 O that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear me, [and keep all] my commandments [always], that it might be well with them, and with their children for ever!



    Proverbs 7:2 [Keep] my commandments, and [live]; and my law as the apple of thine eye.

    Exodus 20:6 And shewing mercy unto [thousands] of them that [love me], [and keep] my commandments.

    Deuteronomy 5:10 And shewing mercy unto [thousands] of them that [love me] [and keep] my commandments.

    Deuteronomy 11:27 A blessing, [if] ye [obey] the commandments of the LORD your God, which I command you this day.
  • Susan on 1 John 3:12
    Thankyou for this Wisdom from the Lord Yahweh God.. in Chronicles Ch 1 Verse 1.. The line of Jesus Christ via Adam...It omits Cain from that Line.. and Cain went on to have children... and in Genesis that Line is noted in Detail... for good reason. To Identify that Line of Satan
  • Glen on 1 John 3:12
    Cain took a wife from Nod. Where did she come from? What is the good source to search?
  • Gary on 1 John 3:12
    This scripture is what it is. Biblical truth and proof. But I noticed how it shines as a bright light before many who have been in darkness for so long that they cannot stand to see the light. This verse make many people angry, very angry and I believe that those that are of God embrace this scripture because we seek the truth. Thank you God for your truth that you have given us.


 

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