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1 John 5:3 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments; and his commandments are not grievous.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments; and his commandments are not grievous.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— For, this is the love of God—that, his commandments, we be keeping, and, his commandments, are not burdensome;
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— for this is the love of God, that His commands we may keep, and His commands are not burdensome;
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— For this is the charity of God: That we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not heavy.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— For this is the loue of God, that we keepe his commandements, and his commandements are not grieuous.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— For this is the love of Aloha, that we keep his commandments; and his commandments are not heavy.
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not burdensome.

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
For 1063
{1063} Prime
γάρ
gar
{gar}
A primary particle; properly assigning a reason (used in argument, explanation or intensification; often with other particles).
this 3778
{3778} Prime
οὗτος
houtos
{hoo'-tos}
Including the nominative masculine plural (second form), nominative feminine signular (third form), and the nominate feminine plural, (fourth form). From the article G3588 and G0846; the he (she or it), that is, this or that (often with the article repeated).
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
the x3588
(3588) Complement

ho
{ho}
The masculine, feminine (second) and neuter (third) forms, in all their inflections; the definite article; the (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom).
love 26
{0026} Prime
ἀγάπη
agape
{ag-ah'-pay}
From G0025; love, that is, affection or benevolence; specifically (plural) a love feast.
of God, 2316
{2316} Prime
θεός
theos
{theh'-os}
Of uncertain affinity; a deity, especially (with G3588) the supreme Divinity; figuratively a magistrate; by Hebraism very.
that 2443
{2443} Prime
ἵνα
hina
{hin'-ah}
Probably from the same as the former part of G1438 (through the demonstrative idea; compare G3588); in order that (denoting the purpose or the result).
we keep 5083
{5083} Prime
τηρέω
tereo
{tay-reh'-o}
From τηρός [[teros]] (a watch; perhaps akin to G2334); to guard (from loss or injury, properly by keeping the eye upon; and thus differing from G5442, which is properly to prevent escaping; and from G2892, which implies a fortress or full military lines of apparatus), that is, to note (a prophecy; figuratively to fulfil a command); by implication to detain (in custody; figuratively to maintain); by extension to withhold (for personal ends; figuratively to keep unmarried).
z5725
<5725> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Subjunctive (See G5792)
Count - 352
his y846
[0846] Standard
αὐτός
autos
{ow-tos'}
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.
x848
(0848) Complement
αὑτοῦ
hautou
{how-too'}
Contraction for G1438; self (in some oblique case or reflexive relation).
commandments: 1785
{1785} Prime
ἐντολή
entole
{en-tol-ay'}
From G1781; injunction, that is, an authoritative prescription.
and 2532
{2532} Prime
καί
kai
{kahee}
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.
his y846
[0846] Standard
αὐτός
autos
{ow-tos'}
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.
x848
(0848) Complement
αὑτοῦ
hautou
{how-too'}
Contraction for G1438; self (in some oblique case or reflexive relation).
commandments 1785
{1785} Prime
ἐντολή
entole
{en-tol-ay'}
From G1781; injunction, that is, an authoritative prescription.
are 1526
{1526} Prime
εἰσί
eisi
{i-see'}
Third person plural present indicative of G1510; they are.
z5748
<5748> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - No Voice Stated (See G5799)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 1612
not 3756
{3756} Prime
οὐ
ou
{oo}
A primary word; the absolutely negative (compare G3361) adverb; no or not.
grievous. 926
{0926} Prime
βαρύς
barus
{bar-ooce'}
From the same as G0922; weighty, that is, (figuratively) burdensome, grave.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

1 John 5:3

_ _ this is — the love of God consists in this.

_ _ not grievous — as so many think them. It is “the way of the transgressor” that “is hard.” What makes them to the regenerate “not grievous,” is faith which “overcometh the world” (1 John 5:4): in proportion as faith is strong, the grievousness of God’s commandments to the rebellious flesh is overcome. The reason why believers feel any degree of irksomeness in God’s commandments is, they do not realize fully by faith the privileges of their spiritual life.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on 1 John 5:1-5.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

1 John 5:3

For this is the love of God — The only sure proof of it. That we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous — To any that are born of God.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

1 John 5:3

(3) For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: (4) and his commandments are not (d) grievous.

(3) The reason: to love God, is to keep his commandments, which being so, and seeing that both the loves are commanded by the same lawmaker, (as he taught before) it follows also, that we do not love our neighbours, when we break God's commandments. (4) Because experience teaches us that there is no ability in our flesh, neither will to perform God's commandments, therefore lest the apostle should seem, by so often putting them in mind of the keeping of the commandments of God, to require things that are impossible, he pronounces that the commandments of God are not in any way grievous or burdensome, that we can be oppressed with the burden of them.

(d) To those who are regenerate, that is to say, born again, who are led by the Spirit of God, and are through grace delivered from the curse of the law.

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this:

Exodus 20:6 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.
Deuteronomy 5:10 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me and keep my commandments.
Deuteronomy 7:9 Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he [is] God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations;
Deuteronomy 10:12-13 And now, Israel, what doth the LORD thy God require of thee, but to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the LORD thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul, ... To keep the commandments of the LORD, and his statutes, which I command thee this day for thy good?
Daniel 9:4 And I prayed unto the LORD my God, and made my confession, and said, O Lord, the great and dreadful God, keeping the covenant and mercy to them that love him, and to them that keep his commandments;
Matthew 12:47-50 Then one said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to speak with thee. ... For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.
John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
John 14:21-24 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. ... He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent me.
John 15:10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love.
John 15:14 Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.
2 John 1:6 And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it.

and:

Psalms 19:7-11 The law of the LORD [is] perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD [is] sure, making wise the simple. ... Moreover by them is thy servant warned: [and] in keeping of them [there is] great reward.
Psalms 119:45 And I will walk at liberty: for I seek thy precepts.
Psalms 119:47-48 And I will delight myself in thy commandments, which I have loved. ... My hands also will I lift up unto thy commandments, which I have loved; and I will meditate in thy statutes.
Psalms 119:103-104 How sweet are thy words unto my taste! [yea, sweeter] than honey to my mouth! ... Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way.
Psalms 119:127-128 Therefore I love thy commandments above gold; yea, above fine gold. ... Therefore I esteem all [thy] precepts [concerning] all [things to be] right; [and] I hate every false way.
Psalms 119:140 Thy word [is] very pure: therefore thy servant loveth it.
Proverbs 3:17 Her ways [are] ways of pleasantness, and all her paths [are] peace.
Micah 6:8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what [is] good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?
Matthew 11:28-30 Come unto me, all [ye] that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. ... For my yoke [is] easy, and my burden is light.
Romans 7:12 Wherefore the law [is] holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.
Romans 7:22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:
Hebrews 8:10 For this [is] the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:
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Ex 20:6. Dt 5:10; 7:9; 10:12. Ps 19:7; 119:45, 47, 103, 127, 140. Pv 3:17. Dn 9:4. Mi 6:8. Mt 11:28; 12:47. Jn 14:15, 21; 15:10, 14. Ro 7:12, 22. He 8:10. 2Jn 1:6.

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