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.
1 See what kind of love the Father has given us: We are called God's children and that is what we are! For this reason the world does not recognize us, because it did not recognize him, either.
1 See what an incredible quality of love the Father has shown to us, that we would [be permitted to] be named and called and counted the children of God! And so we are! For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.
2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
2 Dear friends, we are now God's children, but what we will be like has not been revealed yet. We know that when the Messiah is revealed, we will be like him, because we will see him as he is.
2 Beloved, we are [even here and] now children of God, and it is not yet made clear what we will be [after His coming]. We know that when He comes and is revealed, we will [as His children] be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is [in all His glory].
3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.
3 And everyone who has this hope based on him keeps himself pure, just as the Messiah is pure.
3 And everyone who has this hope [confidently placed] in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure (holy, undefiled, guiltless).
4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.
4 Everyone who keeps living in sin also practices disobedience. In fact, sin is disobedience.
4 Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness [ignoring God’s law by action or neglect or by tolerating wrongdoing—being unrestrained by His commands and His will].
5 And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.
5 You know that the Messiah was revealed to take away sins, and there is not any sin in him.
5 You know that He appeared [in visible form as a man] in order to take away sins; and in Him there is [absolutely] no sin [for He has neither the sin nature nor has He committed sin or acts worthy of blame].
6 Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him.
6 No one who remains in union with him keeps on sinning. The one who keeps on sinning hasn't seen him or known him.
6 No one who abides in Him [who remains united in fellowship with Him—deliberately, knowingly, and habitually] practices sin. No one who habitually sins has seen Him or known Him.
7 Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.
7 Little children, let no one deceive you! The one who does what is right is righteous, just as He is righteous.
7 Little children, don't let anyone deceive you. The person who practices righteousness is righteous, just as the Messiah is righteous.
7 Little children (believers, dear ones), do not let anyone lead you astray. The one who practices righteousness [the one who strives to live a consistently honorable life—in private as well as in public—and to conform to God’s precepts] is righteous, just as He is righteous.
8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.
8 The person who practices sin belongs to the evil one, because the Devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason that the Son of God was revealed was to destroy what the Devil has been doing.
8 The one who practices sin [separating himself from God, and offending Him by acts of disobedience, indifference, or rebellion] is of the devil [and takes his inner character and moral values from him, not God]; for the devil has sinned and violated God’s law from the beginning. The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil.
9 Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.
9 No one who has been born from God practices sin, because God's seed abides in him. Indeed, he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born from God.
9 No one who is born of God [deliberately, knowingly, and habitually] practices sin, because (a)God’s seed [His principle of life, the essence of His righteous character] remains [permanently] in him [who is born again—who is reborn from above—spiritually transformed, renewed, and set apart for His purpose]; and he [who is born again] cannot habitually [live a life characterized by] sin, because he is born of God and longs to please Him.
10 In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.
10 This is how God's children and the Devil's children are distinguished. No person who fails to practice righteousness and to love his brother is from God.
11 For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.
11 For this is the message you have heard from the beginning: We should love one another,
11 This is the message that you have heard from the beginning: We should love one another.
11 For this is the message which you [believers] have heard from the beginning [of your relationship with Christ], that we should [unselfishly] love and seek the best for one another;
12 Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother's righteous.
12 Do not be like Cain, who was from the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because what he was doing was evil and his brother's actions were righteous.
12 and not be like Cain, who was of the evil one and murdered his brother [Abel]. And why did he murder him? Because Cain’s deeds were evil, and his brother’s were righteous.
14 We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.
14 We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love one another. The person who does not love remains spiritually dead.
14 We know that we have passed out of death into Life, because we love the brothers and sisters. He who does not love remains in [spiritual] death.
15 Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.
15 Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life present in him.
16 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
16 This is how we have come to know love: the Messiah gave his life for us. We, too, ought to give our lives for our brothers.
16 By this we know [and have come to understand the depth and essence of His precious] love: that He [willingly] laid down His life for us [because He loved us]. And we ought to lay down our lives for the believers.
17 But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?
17 Whoever has earthly possessions and notices a brother in need and yet withholds his compassion from him, how can the love of God be present in him?
18 My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.
18 Little children, we must stop expressing love merely by our words and manner of speech; we must love also in action and in truth.
18 Little children (believers, dear ones), let us not love [merely in theory] with word or with tongue [giving lip service to compassion], but in action and in truth [in practice and in sincerity, because practical acts of love are more than words].
19 And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him.
19 This is how we will know that we belong to the truth and how we will be able to keep ourselves strong in his presence.
19 By this we will know [without any doubt] that we are of the truth, and will assure our heart and quiet our conscience before Him
20 For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.
20 If our hearts condemn us, God is greater than our hearts and knows everything.
20 whenever our heart convicts us [in guilt]; for God is greater than our heart and He knows all things [nothing is hidden from Him because we are in His hands].
21 Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.
21 Dear friends, if our conscience doesn’t condemn us, we have confidence before God
21 Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence in the presence of God.
21 Beloved, if our heart does not convict us [of guilt], we have confidence [complete assurance and boldness] before God;
22 And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.
22 Whatever we request we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him.
22 and we receive from Him whatever we ask because we [carefully and consistently] keep His commandments and do the things that are pleasing in His sight [habitually seeking to follow His plan for us].
23 And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment.
23 And this is his commandment: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus the Messiah, and to love one another as he commanded us.
23 This is His commandment, that we believe [with personal faith and confident trust] in the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and [that we unselfishly] love and seek the best for one another, just as He commanded us.
24 And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.
24 The person who keeps his commandments abides in God, and God abides in him. This is how we can be sure that he remains in us: he has given us his Spirit.
24 The one who habitually keeps His commandments [obeying His word and following His precepts, abides and] remains in Him, and He in him. By this we know and have the proof that He [really] abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us [as a gift].
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