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1 John 3:7 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— [My] little children, let no man lead you astray: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous:
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Little children, make sure no one deceives you; the one who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous;
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Children, let no man lead you astray; he that practises righteousness is righteous, even as *he* is righteous.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Dear children! Let, no one, lead you astray! He that is doing righteousness, is, righteous, just as, He, is righteous:
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Little children, let no one lead you astray; he who is doing the righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous,
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Little children, let no man deceive you. He that doth justice is just, even as he is just.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Little children, let no man deceiue you: he that doth righteousnes, is righteous, euen as he is righteous.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— My sons, let no man deceive you: he who worketh righteousness is righteous, as also the Meshiha himself is righteous.
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— My children, let no one deceive you: he that doeth righteousness, is righteous, as the Messiah also is righteous.

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Little children, 5040
{5040} Prime
τεκνίον
teknion
{tek-nee'-on}
Diminutive of G5043; an infant, that is, (plural figurative) darlings (Christian converts).
let y4105
[4105] Standard
πλανάω
planao
{plan-ah'-o}
From G4106; to (properly cause to) roam (from safety, truth, or virtue).
z0
<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.
no man 3367
{3367} Prime
μηδείς
medeis
{may-dice'}
The masculine, feminine irregular (second form) and neuter (third form) from G3361 and G1520; not even one (man, woman, thing).
deceive 4105
{4105} Prime
πλανάω
planao
{plan-ah'-o}
From G4106; to (properly cause to) roam (from safety, truth, or virtue).
z5720
<5720> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Imperative (See G5794)
Count - 592
you: 5209
{5209} Prime
ὑμᾶς
humas
{hoo-mas'}
Accusative of G5210; you (as the object of a verb or preposition).
he that doeth 4160
{4160} Prime
ποιέω
poieo
{poy-eh'-o}
Apparently a prolonged form of an obsolete primary; to make or do (in a very wide application, more or less direct).
z5723
<5723> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Participle (See G5796)
Count - 2549
righteousness 1343
{1343} Prime
δικαιοσύνη
dikaiosune
{dik-ah-yos-oo'-nay}
From G1342; equity (of character or act); specifically (Christian) justification.
is 2076
{2076} Prime
ἐστί
esti
{es-tee'}
Third person singular present indicative of G1510; he (she or it) is; also (with neuter plural) they are.
z5748
<5748> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - No Voice Stated (See G5799)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 1612
righteous, 1342
{1342} Prime
δίκαιος
dikaios
{dik'-ah-yos}
From G1349; equitable (in character or act); by implication innocent, holy (absolutely or relatively).
even as 2531
{2531} Prime
καθώς
kathos
{kath-oce'}
From G2596 and G5613; just (or inasmuch) as, that.
he 1565
{1565} Prime
ἐκεῖνος
ekeinos
{ek-i'-nos}
From G1563; that one (or [neuter] thing); often intensified by the article prefixed.
is 2076
{2076} Prime
ἐστί
esti
{es-tee'}
Third person singular present indicative of G1510; he (she or it) is; also (with neuter plural) they are.
z5748
<5748> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - No Voice Stated (See G5799)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 1612
righteous. 1342
{1342} Prime
δίκαιος
dikaios
{dik'-ah-yos}
From G1349; equitable (in character or act); by implication innocent, holy (absolutely or relatively).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

1 John 3:7-8

_ _ The same truth stated, with the addition that he who sins is, so far as he sins, “of the devil.”

_ _ let no man deceive you — as Antinomians try to mislead men.

_ _ righteousnessGreek,the righteousness,” namely, of Christ or God.

_ _ he that doeth ... is righteous — Not his doing makes him righteous, but his being righteous (justified by the righteousness of God in Christ, Romans 10:3-10) makes him to do righteousness: an inversion common in familiar language, logical in reality, though not in form, as in Luke 7:47; John 8:47. Works do not justify, but the justified man works. We infer from his doing righteousness that he is already righteous (that is, has the true and only principle of doing righteousness, namely, faith), and is therefore born of God (1 John 3:9); just as we might say, The tree that bears good fruit is a good tree, and has a living root; not that the fruit makes the tree and its root to be good, but it shows that they are so.

_ _ he — Christ.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on 1 John 3:4-10.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

1 John 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.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

1 John 3:7

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

(7) Another argument of things joined together: He that lives justly, is just, and resembles Christ that is just, and by that is known to be the Son of God.

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let:

1 John 2:26 These [things] have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you.
1 John 2:29 If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him.
Romans 2:13 (For not the hearers of the law [are] just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.
1 Corinthians 6:9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
Galatians 6:7-8 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. ... For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.
Ephesians 5:6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.
James 1:22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
James 2:19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.
James 5:1-3 Go to now, [ye] rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon [you]. ... Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days.

he that:

Psalms 106:3 Blessed [are] they that keep judgment, [and] he that doeth righteousness at all times.
Ezekiel 18:5-9 But if a man be just, and do that which is lawful and right, ... Hath walked in my statutes, and hath kept my judgments, to deal truly; he [is] just, he shall surely live, saith the Lord GOD.
Matthew 5:20 For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed [the righteousness] of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.
Luke 1:75 In holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life.
Acts 10:35 But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.
Romans 2:6-8 Who will render to every man according to his deeds: ... But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath,
Romans 2:13 (For not the hearers of the law [are] just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.
Romans 6:16-18 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? ... Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.
Ephesians 5:9 (For the fruit of the Spirit [is] in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)
Philippians 1:11 Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.
1 Peter 2:24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

even:

1 John 3:3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.
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:
Psalms 45:7 Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.
Psalms 72:1-7 [[[A Psalm] for Solomon.]] Give the king thy judgments, O God, and thy righteousness unto the king's son. ... In his days shall the righteous flourish; and abundance of peace so long as the moon endureth.
Hebrews 1:8 But unto the Son [he saith], Thy throne, O God, [is] for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness [is] the sceptre of thy kingdom.
Hebrews 7:2 To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace;
1 Peter 1:15-16 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; ... Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
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Ps 45:7; 72:1; 106:3. Ezk 18:5. Mt 5:20. Lk 1:75. Ac 10:35. Ro 2:6, 13; 6:16. 1Co 6:9. Ga 6:7. Ep 5:6, 9. Php 1:11. He 1:8; 7:2. Jm 1:22; 2:19; 5:1. 1P 1:15; 2:24. 1Jn 2:1, 26, 29; 3:3.

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