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  • PARALLEL BIBLE - 1 John 3:1


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    King James Bible - 1 John 3:1

    Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.

    World English Bible

    Behold, how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! For this cause the world doesn't know us, because it didn't know him.

    Douay-Rheims - 1 John 3:1

    Behold what manner of charity the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called, and should be the sons of God. Therefore the world knoweth not us, because it knew not him.

    Webster's Bible Translation

    Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.

    Greek Textus Receptus


    ιδετε
    1492 5628 ποταπην 4217 αγαπην 26 δεδωκεν 1325 5758 ημιν 2254 ο 3588 πατηρ 3962 ινα 2443 τεκνα 5043 θεου 2316 κληθωμεν 2564 5686 δια 1223 τουτο 5124 ο 3588 κοσμος 2889 ου 3756 γινωσκει 1097 5719 ημας 2248 οτι 3754 ουκ 3756 εγνω 1097 5627 αυτον 846

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    VERSE (1) -
    1Jo 4:9,10 2Sa 7:19 Ps 31:19; 36:7-9; 89:1,2 Joh 3:16 Ro 5:8; 8:32

    SEV Biblia, Chapter 3:1

    ¶ Mirad cul caridad nos ha dado el Padre, que seamos llamados hijos de Dios; por esto el mundo no nos conoce, porque no le conoce a l.

    Clarke's Bible Commentary - 1 John 3:1

    Verse 1. Behold, what manner of
    love] Whole volumes might be written upon this and the two following verses, without exhausting the extraordinary subject contained in them, viz., the love of God to man. The apostle himself, though evidently filled with God, and walking in the fullness of his light, does not attempt to describe it; he calls on the world and the Church to behold it, to look upon it, to contemplate it, and wonder at it.

    What manner of love. - potaphn agaphn? What great love, both as to quantity and quality; for these ideas are included in the original term. The length, the breadth, the depth, the height, he does not attempt to describe.

    The Father hath bestowed] For we had neither claim nor merit that we should be called, that is, constituted or made, the sons of God, who were before children of the wicked one, animal, earthly, devilish; therefore, the love which brought us from such a depth of misery and degradation must appear the more extraordinary and impressive. After klhqwmen, that we might be called, kai esmen, and we are, is added by ABC, seventeen others, both the Syriac, Erpen's Arabic, Coptic, Sahidic, AEthiopic, Slavonic, and Vulgate.

    Therefore the world] The Jews, and all who know not God, and are seeking their portion in this life; knoweth us not - do not acknowledge, respect, love, or approve of us. In this sense the word genwskein is here to be understood. The world KNEW well enough that there were such persons; but they did not approve of them. We have often seen that this is a frequent use of the term know, both in Hebrew and Greek, in the Old Testament and also in the New.

    Because it knew him not.] The Jews did not acknowledge Jesus; they neither approved of him, his doctrine, nor his manner of life.


    John Gill's Bible Commentary

    Ver. 1. Behold what manner of love , &c.] See, take notice, consider, look by faith, with wonder and astonishment, and observe how great a favour, what an instance of matchless love, what a wonderful blessing of grace, the Father hath bestowed upon us : the Father of Christ, and the Father of us in Christ, who hath adopted us into his family, and regenerated us by his grace, and hath freely given us the new name: that we should be called the sons of God . The Alexandrian copy, and some others, and the Vulgate Latin version, add, and we are, or be; and the Ethiopic version, and have been; for it is not a mere name that is bestowed, but the thing itself in reality; and in the Hebrew language, to be called, and to be, are terms synonymous; (see Isaiah 9:6 Hosea 1:10); in what sense the saints are the sons of God; (see Gill on Galatians 4:6); this blessing comes not by nature, nor by merit, but by grace, the grace of adoption; which is of persons unto an inheritance they have no legal right unto; the spring of it is the everlasting and unchangeable love of God, for there was no need on the adopter's side, he having an only begotten and beloved Son, and no worth and loveliness in the adopted, they being by nature children of wrath; it is a privilege that exceeds all others, and is attended with many; so that it is no wonder the apostle breaks out in this pathetic manner, and calls upon the saints to view it with admiration and thankfulness: therefore the world knoweth us not ; that is, the greater part of the world, the world that lies in wickedness, the men of the world, who have their portion in this life, whom the god of this world has blinded, and who only mind the things of the world, and are as when they came into it, and have their conversation according to the course of it; these do not know the saints are the sons of God; the new name of sons is what no man knoweth but he that receiveth it; they do not own the saints as theirs, as belonging to them, but reckon them as the faith of the world, and the offscouring of all things; nor do they love them, and that because they are not their own, but hate them and persecute them: the reason is, because it knew him not ; neither the Father, whose sons they are, and who has bestowed the grace upon them; wherefore they know not, and disown and persecute his children; (see John 17:25 15:21 16:3); nor the Lord Jesus Christ, the only begotten of the Father, the firstborn among many brethren; who, though he made the world, and was in it, was not known by it, but was hated, abused, and persecuted; and therefore it need not seem strange that the saints, who are the sons of God by adoption, should be treated in like manner.

    Matthew Henry Commentary

    Verses 1, 2 - Little does the
    world know of the happiness of the real followers of Christ. Little does the world think that these poor, humble, despise ones, are favourites of God, and will dwell in heaven. Let the followers of Christ be content with hard fare here, since they are in land of strangers, where their Lord was so badly treated before them The sons of God must walk by faith, and live by hope. They may wel wait in faith, hope, and earnest desire, for the revelation of the Lor Jesus. The sons of God will be known, and be made manifest by likenes to their Head. They shall be transformed into the same image, by their view of him.


    Greek Textus Receptus


    ιδετε
    1492 5628 ποταπην 4217 αγαπην 26 δεδωκεν 1325 5758 ημιν 2254 ο 3588 πατηρ 3962 ινα 2443 τεκνα 5043 θεου 2316 κληθωμεν 2564 5686 δια 1223 τουτο 5124 ο 3588 κοσμος 2889 ου 3756 γινωσκει 1097 5719 ημας 2248 οτι 3754 ουκ 3756 εγνω 1097 5627 αυτον 846

    Vincent's NT Word Studies

    1. Behold (idete). Lit., behold ye. The plural is
    peculiar. The usual form is the singular ide or ijdou. See John i. 29; xi. 3, etc.; iv. 35; xix. 26, 27. Elsewhere the plural is used of something actually visible (Gal. vi. 11). What manner of (potaphn). The word is of infrequent occurrence in the New Testament, but is found in all the Synoptists and in 2 Pet. iii. 11. Only here in John's writings. Originally it means from what country or race; then, of what sort or quality. It is used of the quality of both persons and things.

    Hath bestowed (dedwken). Emphasizing the endowment of the receiver. Compare carizomai, from cariv grace, favor, which emphasizes the goodwill of the giver. See Gal. iii. 18; Philip. ii. 9; i. 29. That (ina). See on John xxv. 13.

    We should be called (klhqwmen). Or, named. As Matt. ii. 23; xxi. 13; Luke i. 13, 31, etc. The verb is never used by John of the divine call. In John x. 3, for kalei calleth, read fwnei.

    The sons (tekna). Rev., better, children. See on John i. 12.

    And such we are (kai esmen). Lit., and we are. Added by Rev., according to the best texts. A parenthetical, reflective comment, characteristic of John. See on 1 i. 2.



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