1 John 3:22
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New International Version
and receive from him anything we ask, because we keep his commands and do what pleases him.

New Living Translation
And we will receive from him whatever we ask because we obey him and do the things that please him.

English Standard Version
and whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him.

New American Standard Bible
and whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do the things that are pleasing in His sight.

King James Bible
And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
and can receive whatever we ask from Him because we keep His commands and do what is pleasing in His sight.

International Standard Version
Whatever we request we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him.

NET Bible
and whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do the things that are pleasing to him.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And we shall receive all the things that we ask from him, because we keep his commandments and we do good before him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
and receive from him anything we ask. We receive it because we obey his commandments and do what pleases him.

Jubilee Bible 2000
and whatsoever we ask, we receive of him because we keep his commandments and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.

King James 2000 Bible
And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.

American King James Version
And whatever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.

American Standard Version
and whatsoever we ask we receive of him, because we keep his commandments and do the things that are pleasing in his sight.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And whatsoever we shall ask, we shall receive of him: because we keep his commandments, and do those things which are pleasing in his sight.

Darby Bible Translation
and whatsoever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments, and practise the things which are pleasing in his sight.

English Revised Version
and whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do the things that are pleasing in his sight.

Webster's Bible Translation
And whatever we ask, we receive from him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.

Weymouth New Testament
and whatever we ask for we obtain from Him, because we obey His commands and do the things which are pleasing in His sight.

World English Bible
and whatever we ask, we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do the things that are pleasing in his sight.

Young's Literal Translation
and whatever we may ask, we receive from Him, because His commands we keep, and the things pleasing before Him we do,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

3:22-24 When believers had confidence towards God, through the Spirit of adoption, and by faith in the great High Priest, they might ask what they would of their reconciled Father. They would receive it, if good for them. And as good-will to men was proclaimed from heaven, so good-will to men, particularly to the brethren, must be in the hearts of those who go to God and heaven. He who thus follows Christ, dwells in Him as his ark, refuge, and rest, and in the Father through him. This union between Christ and the souls of believers, is by the Spirit he has given them. A man may believe that God is gracious before he knows it; yet when faith has laid hold on the promises, it sets reason to work. This Spirit of God works a change; in all true Christians it changes from the power of Satan to the power of God. Consider, believer, how it changes thy heart. Dost not thou long for peace with God? Wouldst thou not forego all the world for it? No profit, pleasure, or preferment shall hinder thee from following Christ. This salvation is built upon Divine testimony, even the Spirit of God.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 22. - And (as a guarantee that this confidence is not baseless or misdirected) whatsoever we ask, we receive from him. Note the present tense: λαμβάνομεν, not ληψόμεθα. Whatever the child of God asks as such, he ipso facto obtains (John 15:7). This is the ideal condition of things; for the child of God cannot ask what displeases his Father. And we are his children "because we keep his commandments." The ὅτι must not be connected too closely with λαμβάνομεν, as if our obedience were the cause of God's hearing our prayers. Our obedience shows that we are such as can pray efficaciously. (For the parallelism, comp. Exodus 15:26; Isaiah 38:3.)

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And whatsoever we ask we receive of him,.... According to his promise, Matthew 7:7; that is, whatever is asked according to the will of God, in the name of Christ, and for his sake, and in faith, nothing wavering, but believing in God, in his covenant and promises, for these are provisos in the case; and such as ask in this way may exercise an holy confidence that they shall receive; and indeed they do receive what they ask for; see 1 John 5:14;

because we keep his commandments; not that keeping the commands of God is the meritorious cause of receiving anything from him; for when men have done all they can, or are assisted to do, they are but unprofitable servants in point of merit: whatever is received from God, as it is in consequence of asking, so it is entirely owing to his own grace and favour, and for the sake of Christ; but keeping the commands of God is a necessary adjunct, or, as Calvin on the text calls it, an inseparable accident, or what necessarily belongs unto, and enters into the character of such, who are heard and answered by God, and receive at his hands; for there is a great deal of truth in what the Jews say to the blind man, John 9:31; and which may serve as a comment on these words:

and do those things that are pleasing in his sight; as keeping of his commandments is; not that these things ingratiate into the love and favour of God, or are the causes and conditions of it, for the love of God is prior to anything of this kind; nor are they the causes of men's acceptance with God, for the acceptance both of persons and services is only in Christ the beloved; but these things are what God approves of, when done in faith, from a principle of love, and with a view to his glory: and since he hears such persons that are worshippers of him, and do his will, and has promised good things to them; this is therefore a reason strengthening their confidence in him, that what they ask they shall receive.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

22. we receive—as a matter of fact, according to His promise. Believers, as such, ask only what is in accordance with God's will; or if they ask what God wills not, they bow their will to God's will, and so God grants them either their request, or something better than it.

because we keep his commandments—Compare Ps 66:18; 34:15; 145:18, 19. Not as though our merits earned a hearing for our prayers, but when we are believers in Christ, all our works of faith being the fruit of His Spirit in us, are "pleasing in God's sight"; and our prayers being the voice of the same Spirit of God in us, naturally and necessarily are answered by Him.

1 John 3:22 Additional Commentaries
Context
Love One Another
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. 23This is His commandment, that we believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as He commanded us.…
Cross References
Job 22:26
Surely then you will find delight in the Almighty and will lift up your face to God.

Matthew 7:7
"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.

Matthew 21:22
If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer."

John 8:29
The one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what pleases him."

John 9:31
We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to the godly person who does his will.

Hebrews 13:21
equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

James 4:3
When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.

1 John 2:3
We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands.

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.
Treasury of Scripture

And whatever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.

whatsoever.

1 John 5:14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any …

Psalm 10:17 LORD, you have heard the desire of the humble: you will prepare their …

Psalm 34:4,15-17 I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears…

Psalm 50:15 And call on me in the day of trouble: I will deliver you, and you …

Psalm 66:18,19 If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me…

Psalm 145:18,19 The LORD is near to all them that call on him, to all that call on …

Proverbs 15:29 The LORD is far from the wicked: but he hears the prayer of the righteous.

Proverbs 28:9 He that turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer …

Isaiah 1:15 And when you spread forth your hands, I will hide my eyes from you: …

Isaiah 55:6,7 Seek you the LORD while he may be found, call you on him while he is near…

Jeremiah 29:12,13 Then shall you call on me, and you shall go and pray to me, and I …

Jeremiah 33:3 Call to me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty …

Matthew 7:7,8 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, …

Matthew 21:22 And all things, whatever you shall ask in prayer, believing, you shall receive.

Mark 11:24 Therefore I say to you, What things soever you desire, when you pray, …

Luke 11:9-13 And I say to you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall …

John 9:31 Now we know that God hears not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper …

John 14:13 And whatever you shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father …

John 15:7 If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, you shall ask what …

John 16:23,24 And in that day you shall ask me nothing. Truly, truly, I say to …

James 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that gives to all …

James 5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that …

because.

1 John 3:23,24 And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of …

Matthew 7:24,25 Therefore whoever hears these sayings of mine, and does them, I will …

Matthew 17:5 While he yet spoke, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and …

John 15:10 If you keep my commandments, you shall abide in my love; even as …

Acts 17:30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commands all …

Acts 20:21 Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward …

do.

John 6:29 Jesus answered and said to them, This is the work of God, that you …

John 8:29 And he that sent me is with me: the Father has not left me alone; …

John 9:31 Now we know that God hears not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper …

Philippians 4:18 But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus …

Colossians 1:10 That you might walk worthy of the Lord to all pleasing, being fruitful …

Hebrews 13:21 Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you …

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