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1 John 3:18 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— [My] Little children, let us not love in word, neither with the tongue; but in deed and truth.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue, but in deed and in truth.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Children, let us not love with word, nor with tongue, but in deed and in truth.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Dear children! Let us not be loving in word, nor yet with the tongue, but in deed and truth.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— My little children, may we not love in word nor in tongue, but in word and in truth!
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— My little children, let us not love in word nor in tongue, but in deed and in truth.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— My little children, let vs not loue in word, neither in tongue, but indeede and in trueth.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— My sons, let us not love one another in words and in tongue, but in works and in truth.
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— My children, let us not love one another in words and in tongue, but in acts and in truth.

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
My 3450
{3450} Prime
The simpler from of G1700; of me.
little children, 5040
{5040} Prime
Diminutive of G5043; an infant, that is, (plural figurative) darlings (Christian converts).
let us y25
[0025] Standard
Perhaps from ἄγαν [[agan]] (much; or compare [H5689]); to love (in a social or moral sense).
<0000> Grammar
The original word in the Greek or Hebrew is translated by more than one word in the English. The English translation is separated by one or more other words from the original.
not 3361
{3361} Prime
A primary particle of qualified negation (whereas G3756 expresses an absolute denial); (adverbially) not, (conjugationally) lest; also (as interrogitive implying a negative answer [whereas G3756 expects an affirmative one]); whether.
love 25
{0025} Prime
Perhaps from ἄγαν [[agan]] (much; or compare [H5689]); to love (in a social or moral sense).
<5725> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Subjunctive (See G5792)
Count - 352
in word, 3056
{3056} Prime
From G3004; something said (including the thought); by implication a topic (subject of discourse), also reasoning (the mental faculty) or motive; by extension a computation; specifically (with the article in John) the Divine Expression (that is, Christ).
neither 3366
{3366} Prime
From G3361 and G1161; but not, not even; in a continued negation, nor.
in tongue; 1100
{1100} Prime
Of uncertain affinity; the tongue; by implication a language (specifically one naturally unacquired).
but 235
{0235} Prime
Neuter plural of G0243; properly other things, that is, (adverbially) contrariwise (in many relations).
in deed 2041
{2041} Prime
From ἔργω [[ergo]] (a primary but obsolete word; to work); toil (as an effort or occupation); by implication an act.
and 2532
{2532} Prime
Apparently a primary particle, having a copulative and sometimes also a cumulative force; and, also, even, so, then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words.
in truth. 225
{0225} Prime
From G0227; truth.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

1 John 3:18

_ _ When the venerable John could no longer walk to the meetings of the Church but was borne thither by his disciples, he always uttered the same address to the Church; he reminded them of that one commandment which he had received from Christ Himself, as comprising all the rest, and forming the distinction of the new covenant, “My little children, love one another.” When the brethren present, wearied of hearing the same thing so often, asked why he always repeated the same thing, he replied, “Because it is the commandment of the Lord, and if this one thing be attained, it is enough” [Jerome].

_ _ in wordGreek,with word ... with tongue, but in deed and truth.”

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on 1 John 3:14-19.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

1 John 3:18

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

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

1 John 3:18

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

(18) Christian charity stands not in word but in deed, and proceeds from a sincere affection.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

1 John 2:1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:


Exodus 33:21 And the LORD said, Behold, [there is] a place by me, and thou shalt stand upon a rock:
Matthew 25:41-45 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: ... Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did [it] not to one of the least of these, ye did [it] not to me.
Romans 12:9 [Let] love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7 Charity suffereth long, [and] is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, ... Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
Galatians 5:13 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only [use] not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.
Galatians 6:1-2 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. ... Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.
Ephesians 4:1-3 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, ... Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
Ephesians 4:15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, [even] Christ:
1 Thessalonians 1:3 Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father;
James 2:15-16 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, ... And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be [ye] warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what [doth it] profit?
1 Peter 1:22 Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, [see that ye] love one another with a pure heart fervently:
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