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1 John 3:3 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— And every one that hath this hope [set] on him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— And everyone who has this hope [fixed] on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— And every one that has this hope in him purifies himself, even as *he* is pure.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— And, whosoever hath this hope on him, is purifying himself, just as, He, is pure.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— and every one who is having this hope on him, doth purify himself, even as he is pure.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— And every one that hath this hope in him sanctifieth himself, as he also is holy.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— And euery man that hath this hope in him, purifieth himselfe, euen as he is pure.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— And every one who hath in him this hope, purifieth himself, as He is pure.
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— And every one that hath this hope from him, purifieth himself, as he is pure.

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
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.
every man 3956
{3956} Prime
Including all the forms of declension; apparently a primary word; all, any, every, the whole.
that hath 2192
{2192} Prime
A primary verb (including an alternate form σχέω [[scheo]], {skheh'-o}; used in certain tenses only); to hold (used in very various applications, literally or figuratively, direct or remote; such as possession, ability, contiguity, relation or condition).
<5723> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Participle (See G5796)
Count - 2549
this 5026
{5026} Prime
Dative, accusative and genitive case respectively of the feminine singular of G3778; (towards or of) this.
hope 1680
{1680} Prime
From ἔλπω [[elpo]] which is a primary word (to anticipate, usually with pleasure); expectation (abstract or concrete) or confidence.
in 1909
{1909} Prime
A primary preposition properly meaning superimposition (of time, place, order, etc.), as a relation of distribution [with the genitive case], that is, over, upon, etc.; of rest (with the dative case) at, on, etc.; of direction (with the accusative case) towards, upon, etc.
him 846
{0846} Prime
From the particle αὖ [[au]] (perhaps akin to the base of G0109 through the idea of a baffling wind; backward); the reflexive pronoun self, used (alone or in the compound of G1438) of the third person, and (with the proper personal pronoun) of the other persons.
purifieth 48
{0048} Prime
From G0053; to make clean, that is, (figuratively) sanctify (ceremonially or morally).
<5719> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 3019
himself, 1438
{1438} Prime
(Including all the other cases); from a reflexive pronoun otherwise obsolete and the genitive (dative or accusative) of G0846; him (her, it, them, also [in conjunction with the personal pronoun of the other persons] my, thy, our, your) -self (-selves), etc.
even as 2531
{2531} Prime
From G2596 and G5613; just (or inasmuch) as, that.
he 1565
{1565} Prime
From G1563; that one (or [neuter] thing); often intensified by the article prefixed.
is 2076
{2076} Prime
Third person singular present indicative of G1510; he (she or it) is; also (with neuter plural) they are.
<5748> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - No Voice Stated (See G5799)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 1612
pure. 53
{0053} Prime
From the same as G0040; properly clean, that is, (figuratively) innocent, modest, perfect.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

1 John 3:3

_ _ this hope — of being hereafter “like Him.” Faith and love, as well as hope, occur in 1 John 3:11, 1 John 3:23.

_ _ in — rather, “(resting) upon Him”; grounded on His promises.

_ _ purifieth himself — by Christ’s Spirit in him (John 15:5, end). “Thou purifiest thyself, not of thyself, but of Him who comes that He may dwell in thee” [Augustine]. One’s justification through faith is presupposed.

_ _ as he is pure — unsullied with any uncleanness. The Second Person, by whom both the Law and Gospel were given.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on 1 John 3:1-3.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

1 John 3:3

And every one that hath this hope in him — In God.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

1 John 3:3

(4) And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even (e) as he is pure.

(4) Now he describes this adoption (the glory which as yet consists in hope) by the effect that is, because whoever is made the Son of God, endeavours to resemble the Father in purity.

(e) This word signifies a likeness, but not an equality.

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Romans 5:4-5 And patience, experience; and experience, hope: ... And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
Colossians 1:5 For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel;
2 Thessalonians 2:16 Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given [us] everlasting consolation and good hope through grace,
Titus 3:7 That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
Hebrews 6:18 That by two immutable things, in which [it was] impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:


Acts 15:9 And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.
2 Corinthians 7:1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
Hebrews 12:14 Follow peace with all [men], and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:
2 Peter 1:4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
2 Peter 3:14 Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.


1 John 2:6 He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.
1 John 4:17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.
Matthew 5:48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.
Luke 6:36 Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.
Hebrews 7:26 For such an high priest became us, [who is] holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;
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