1 John 3:21
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New International Version
Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God

New Living Translation
Dear friends, if we don't feel guilty, we can come to God with bold confidence.

English Standard Version
Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God;

New American Standard Bible
Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God;

King James Bible
Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Dear friends, if our conscience doesn't condemn us, we have confidence before God

International Standard Version
Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence in the presence of God.

NET Bible
Dear friends, if our conscience does not condemn us, we have confidence in the presence of God,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have boldness before God.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Dear friends, if our conscience doesn't condemn us, we can boldly look to God

Jubilee Bible 2000
Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, then we have confidence in God;

King James 2000 Bible
Beloved, if our heart condemns us not, then have we confidence toward God.

American King James Version
Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.

American Standard Version
Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, we have boldness toward God;

Douay-Rheims Bible
Dearly beloved, if our heart do not reprehend us, we have confidence towards God:

Darby Bible Translation
Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, we have boldness towards God,

English Revised Version
Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, we have boldness toward God;

Webster's Bible Translation
Beloved, if our heart doth not condemn us, then have we confidence towards God.

Weymouth New Testament
Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have perfect confidence towards God;

World English Bible
Beloved, if our hearts don't condemn us, we have boldness toward God;

Young's Literal Translation
Beloved, if our heart may not condemn us, we have boldness toward God,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

3:16-21 Here is the condescension, the miracle, the mystery of Divine love, that God would redeem the church with his own blood. Surely we should love those whom God has loved, and so loved. The Holy Spirit, grieved at selfishness, will leave the selfish heart without comfort, and full of darkness and terror. By what can it be known that a man has a true sense of the love of Christ for perishing sinners, or that the love of God has been planted in his heart by the Holy Spirit, if the love of the world and its good overcomes the feelings of compassion to a perishing brother? Every instance of this selfishness must weaken the evidences of a man's conversion; when habitual and allowed, it must decide against him. If conscience condemn us in known sin, or the neglect of known duty, God does so too. Let conscience therefore be well-informed, be heard, and diligently attended to.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 21. - Beloved (1 John 2:7; 1 John 3:2), there is a still more blessed possibility. If the consciousness of genuine love will sustain us before God when our heart reproaches us, much more may we have confidence towards him (1 John 2:28) when it does not reproach us.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Beloved, if our heart condemn us not,.... Which must be understood, not of a stupidity of mind, as is in unregenerate men, who have no sense of sin, no sorrow for it, or remorse of conscience on account of it; or as is in them who are past feeling; having their consciences seared as with a red hot iron; such cannot be entitled to the advantages that follow; nor is it of persons the apostle speaks, but of himself, and Christians, the beloved of the Lord, and one another, who had an experience of the grace of God upon their souls, and made a profession of religion: nor does it design such a purity of heart and life in believers, as that their hearts do not smite, reproach, and condemn them for sin at any time, for such a state of perfection is not to be attained to and expected in this life; but rather a conscience purged by the blood of Christ, or an heart sprinkled from an evil conscience by that blood, which speaks peace and pardon, so that there is no more conscience of sin, for the removal of which that is applied; and this gives boldness and confidence at the throne of grace: though it is best of all to confine it to the case of brotherly love; for the sense is not, if our heart condemn us not of anything but of the want of brotherly love, or insincerity in it,

then have we confidence towards God; or with him, at the throne of his grace: such can draw nigh to him, and stand before him with an holy and humble confidence, when such as hate the brethren, as Cain did, in whom the apostle instances, and those that go in his way, cannot; whose heart condemned him, his conscience smote him, and he went from the presence of the Lord; but those that love the brethren have confidence of their relation to God; by this they know their regeneration, and by that their adoption, and so that they are the children of God; and can therefore draw nigh to God as their Father, and call him so; they can come with an holy boldness and intrepidity of mind before him, and use a "freedom of speech", with him; can tell him all their mind, pour out their souls unto him, and lay before him their case and wants; they have confidence of his power, faithfulness, and willingness to supply their need, and fulfil all his promises to them, and that their prayers will be heard, answered, and regarded by him in his own time.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

21. Beloved—There is no "But" contrasting the two cases, 1Jo 3:20, 21, because "Beloved" sufficiently marks the transition to the case of the brethren walking in the full confidence of love (1Jo 3:18). The two results of our being able to "assure our hearts before Him" (1Jo 3:19), and of "our heart condemning us not" (of insincerity as to the truth in general, and as to LOVE in particular) are, (1) confidence toward God; (2) a sure answer to our prayers. John does not mean that all whose hearts do not condemn them, are therefore safe before God; for some have their conscience seared, others are ignorant of the truth, and it is not only sincerity, but sincerity in the truth which can save men. Christians are those meant here: knowing Christ's precepts and testing themselves by them.

1 John 3:21 Additional Commentaries
Context
Love One Another
20in whatever our heart condemns us; for God is greater than our heart and knows all things. 21Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God; 22and whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do the things that are pleasing in His sight.…
Cross References
Romans 14:22
So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the one who does not condemn himself by what he approves.

Ephesians 3:12
In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.

1 John 2:7
Dear friends, I am not writing you a new command but an old one, which you have had since the beginning. This old command is the message you have heard.

1 John 2:28
And now, dear children, continue in him, so that when he appears we may be confident and unashamed before him at his coming.

1 John 3:2
Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.

1 John 3:20
If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.

1 John 5:14
This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.
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