1 John 3:14

“We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations for 1 John 3:14

Wee know that wee haue passed from death vnto life, because wee loue the brethren: he that loueth not his brother, abideth in death.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love abides in death.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not abideth in death.
- American Standard Version (1901)

We are conscious that we have come out of death into life because of our love for the brothers. He who has no love is still in death.
- Basic English Bible

*We* know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love [his] brother abides in death.
- Darby Bible

We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother, abideth in death.
- Webster's Bible

As for us, we know that we have already passed out of death into Life--because we love our brother men. He who is destitute of love continues dead.
- Weymouth Bible

We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brothers. He who doesn't love his brother remains in death.
- World English Bible

We witen, that we ben translatid fro deeth to lijf, for we louen britheren. He that loueth not, dwellith in deth.
- Wycliffe Bible

we -- we have known that we have passed out of the death to the life, because we love the brethren; he who is not loving the brother doth remain in the death.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible Commentary for 1 John 3:14

Wesley's Notes for 1 John 3:14


3:14 We know - As if he had said, We ourselves could not love our brethren, unless we were passed from spiritual death to life, that is, born of God. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death - That is, is not born of God. And he that is not born of God, cannot love his brother.


People's Bible Notes for 1 John 3:14


1Jo 3:14 We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren. If our hearts are filled with brotherly love this shows that we are God's children; and the opposite is also true.

Discussion for 1 John 3:14

  • LaRae on 1 John 3:14
    Apologies, for some reason my device has misspelling issue. My question was pertaining to Cain and Abel. Is there a story on Cain's life after the murder of his brother? As you maybe aware, I need to take more time reading the bible. Thank you.
  • Ronald Blevins on 1 John 3:14
    Is a divorced woman allowed to remarry or when is she allowed to remarry?
  • Shirley Ward on 1 John 3:14
    Iam a Baptist's and I believe in the Bible I had a house fire last month and now I don't have one I miss my reading of the night could you send me a King James Version
  • Simon on 1 John 3:14
    What is the meaning of this verse? Why was it written here? What is the application for us?
  • Chris - in Reply on 1 John 3:14
    Simon, please excuse the insertion of "Song of Solomon 3:14": it must have come in as a result of the Site's Checker. I intended the Scripture from 1st John, chapter 3, verse 14.
  • Chris - in Reply on 1 John 3:14
    This whole chapter is on God's Love for us & its implication & application for us. As John states in verse 1, that God's incomprehensible Love brought us into the family of God. And because of our special relationship to Him, we look longingly to Him awaiting the day of Jesus' Return. As well, John says, that love we have for God, that which compels us to live for Him & not live in sin, is also the love we need to have for one another.

    And this love must be genuine, looking to another's needs, even to the laying down our lives for another. And so 3:14, comes as a challenge to our hearts: we think that the love we have for God because of His Love for us is clear proof for our entrance to Heaven. Whereas we ought to consider that if that love for God is real, then that love has to be shown to one another, for therein is the final proof that this is indeed the love that God looks for: the real love for God that is in us, that is demonstrated to another as well. When this is apparent, then our release from eternal death to eternal life is proven. A lot like Faith & Works: Faith does indeed save us, but if there's no proof of that faith (by works), is that faith genuine?

    For if we love not our brother then our love is not genuine towards God & we need to be examining what has taken place in our hearts that has caused this spiritual & mental anomaly. As John said in 4:20, "If a man say, I love God, and hateth (despises, disregards or holds in lower esteem) his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?" This comes as a great challenge to all of us - particularly that we don't harden our hearts when there are those in the Church & around us in such great need.
  • Fred Scanlan - in Reply on 1 John 3:14
    Chris ,are you the first born, in your family ? You are blessed with the knowledge of Christ! Speak the truth without a lot of words! you are a pillar!
  • Chris - in Reply on 1 John 3:14
    Thank you Fred. I am indeed the firstborn, but don't know how that might be appropriate here. I do tend to be 'wordy', as through the years of sharing in Bible studies, one of the failures of adequate teaching has been receiving matter with little substance & studies without adequate background & explanation. Even in my 'short' responses here, I sometimes feel that I've not given the enquirer sufficient information on which to consider & form an opinion - but that's just me I guess. Thank you too for your valuable comments - I always look forward to hearing from you.


 

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