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1 John 3:21

    1 John 3:21 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, we have boldness toward God;

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    My loved ones, if our heart does not say that we have done wrong, we have no fear before him;

    Webster's Revision

    Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, we have boldness toward God;

    World English Bible

    Beloved, if our hearts don't condemn us, we have boldness toward God;

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, we have boldness toward God;

    Clarke's Commentary on 1 John 3:21

    If our heart condemn us not - If we be conscious to ourselves of our own sincerity, that we practice not deceit, and use no mask, then have we confidence toward God - we can appeal to him for our sincerity, and we can come with boldness to the throne of grace, to obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. And therefore says the apostle,

    Barnes' Notes on 1 John 3:21

    Beloved, if our heart condemn us not - If we so live as to have an approving conscience - that is, if we indulge in no secret sin; if we discharge faithfully every known duty; if we submit without complaining to all the allotments of Divine Providence.

    Then have we confidence toward God - Compare the 1 John 3:19; 1 John 2:28 notes; Acts 24:16 note. The apostle evidently does not mean that we have confidence toward God on the ground of what we do, as if it were meritorious, or as if it constituted a claim to his favor; but that we may so live as to have evidence of personal piety, and that we may look forward with a confident hope that we shall be accepted of him in the great day. The word here rendered "confidence" - παῤῥησίαν parrēsian - means properly "boldness;" usually boldness or openness in speaking our sentiments. See the notes at 1 John 2:28. The confidence or boldness which we have toward our Maker is founded solely on the evidence that he will graciously accept us as pardoned sinners; not in the belief that we deserve his favor.

    Wesley's Notes on 1 John 3:21

    3:21 If our heart condemn us not - If our conscience, duly enlightened by the word and Spirit of God, and comparing all our thoughts, words, and works with that word, pronounce that they agree therewith. Then have we confidence toward God - Not only our consciousness of his favour continues and increases, but we have a full persuasion, that whatsoever we ask we shall receive of him.