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1 John 3:7

    1 John 3:7 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Little children, let no man deceive you: he that does righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    My little children, let no man lead you astray: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous:

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    My little children, let no man take you out of the true way: he who does righteousness is upright, even as he is upright;

    Webster's Revision

    My little children, let no man lead you astray: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous:

    World English Bible

    Little children, let no one lead you astray. He who does righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    My little children, let no man lead you astray: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous:

    Definitions for 1 John 3:7

    Let - To hinder or obstruct.

    Clarke's Commentary on 1 John 3:7

    Let no man deceive you - Either by asserting that "you cannot be saved from sin in this life," or "that sin will do you no harm and cannot alter your state, if you are adopted into the family of God; for sin cannot annul this adoption." Hear God, ye deceivers! He that doeth righteousness is righteous, according to his state, nature, and the extent of his moral powers.

    Even as he is righteous - Allowing for the disparity that must necessarily exist between that which is bounded, and that which is without limits. As God, in the infinitude of his nature, is righteous; so they, being filled with him, are in their limited nature righteous.

    Barnes' Notes on 1 John 3:7

    Little children - Notes at 1 John 2:1.

    Let no man deceive you - That is, in the matter under consideration; to wit, by persuading you that a man may live in sinful practices, and yet be a true child of God. From this it is clear that the apostle supposed there were some who would attempt to do this, and it was to counteract their arts that he made these positive statements in regard to the nature of true religion.

    He that doeth righteousness is righteous - This is laid down as a great and undeniable principle in religion - a maxim which none could dispute, and as important as it is plain. And it is worthy of all the emphasis which the apostle lays on it. The man who does righteousness, or leads an upright life, is a righteous man, and no other one is. No matter how any one may claim that he is justified by faith; no matter how he may conform to the external duties and rites of religion; no matter how zealous he may be for orthodoxy, or for the order of the church; no matter what visions and raptures he may have, or of what peace and joy in his soul he may boast; no matter how little he may fear death, or hope for heaven - unless he is in fact a righteous man, in the proper sense of the term, he cannot be a child of God. Compare Matthew 7:16-23. If he is, in the proper sense of the word, a man who keeps the law of God, and leads a holy life, he is righteous, for that is religion. Such a man, however, will always feel that his claim to be regarded as a righteous man is not to be traced to what he is in himself, but to what he owes to the grace of God.

    Even as he is righteous - See the notes at 1 John 3:3. Not necessarily in this world to the same degree, but with the same kind of righteousness. Hereafter he will become wholly free from all sin, like his God and Saviour, 1 John 3:2.

    Wesley's Notes on 1 John 3:7

    3:7 Let no one deceive you - Let none persuade you that any man is righteous but he that uniformly practises righteousness; he alone is righteous, after the example of his Lord.