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1 John 3:18

    1 John 3:18 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    My Little children, let us not love in word, neither with the tongue; but in deed and truth.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    My little children, do not let our love be in word and in tongue, but let it be in act and in good faith.

    Webster's Revision

    My Little children, let us not love in word, neither with the tongue; but in deed and truth.

    World English Bible

    My little children, let's not love in word only, neither with the tongue only, but in deed and truth.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    My little children, let us not love in word, neither with the tongue; but in deed and truth.

    Definitions for 1 John 3:18

    Let - To hinder or obstruct.

    Clarke's Commentary on 1 John 3:18

    My little children - Τεκνια μου, My beloved children, let us not love in word - in merely allowing the general doctrine of love to God and man to be just and right;

    Neither in tongue - In making professions of love, and of a charitable and humane disposition, and resting there; but in deed - by humane and merciful acts;

    And in truth - Feeling the disposition of which we speak. There is a good saying in Yalcut Rubeni, fol. 145, 4, on this point: "If love consisted in word only, then love ceaseth as soon as the word is pronounced. Such was the love between Balak and Balaam. But if love consisteth not in word, it cannot be dissolved; such was the love of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and the rest of the patriarchs which were before them."

    Barnes' Notes on 1 John 3:18

    My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue - By mere profession; by merely sayinG that we love each other. See 1 Peter 1:22.

    But in deed and in truth - In such acts as shall show that our professed love is sincere and real. Let us do the deed of love, whether anything is said about it or not. See the notes at Matthew 6:3.

    Wesley's Notes on 1 John 3:18

    3:18 Not in word - Only. But in deed - In action: not in tongue by empty professions, but in truth.