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

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

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

  • Vicki
    Son of David, would you by chance be Catholic? I know they don t believe we can know we re saved until we die and that is false and directly contradicts Scripture. See 1 John 5:13. Salvation is a gift, we do not earn it by how we live. We receive it as a gift by faith in Christ. That may RESULT in changed behavior but it s not changed behavior that saves. See Ephesians 2:8-9.
  • Navin kumar Erpulla
    My beloved, i was having a torrid time in my work place, i dont blame my boss but my heart started condemning my self or the situation is against me. I have decided i will not complain this year. This scripture has given me some light on what God thinks about me and not what my heart thinks about me. In Christ Navin
  • A disciple
    "For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things." 1 John 3:20 The Lord wants us to walk in love, with a good conscience and a pure heart and faith without hypocrisy. Sin and temptation to sin especially, is deceitful. In the innermost parts of our soul we are confronted with a dreadful crisis every time we are tempted to sin. Do what's right according to God's holy and wise commandment or, pretend like we don't hear, harden the heart, burn the conscience, and dare to do what your flesh is screaming for. You can turn a deaf ear and give Jesus the back and deceive yourself but you will never deceive God! The wicked shall fall by his own wickedness but the integrity of the upright shall preserve him. This whole chapter is about DOING and WALKING, and not just empty talking about being a Christian! When we are of the Truth we will hear Jesus' Voice and that means, as in, being watchful and attentive to obey His Voice and DO whatever He says! If anyone thinks that faith and talk alone without any obligation to DO is enough for us actually BEING saved he better look again!
  • BSP
    Our mistakes and faults can constantly condemn us but if we are truly repentant and seek God s forgiveness we can be confident in his forgiveness.
  • Wayne
    V. 9, whosoever is born of God sinneth not, for His seed remaineth in him and he cannot sin because he is born of God.
  • Steve morrow
    1 JOHN 3:8 he that committeth sin is of the devil for the devil sinneth from the beginning for this purpose the THE SON OF MAN was manifested that HE might destroy the works of the devil

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