1 John 3:7
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New International Version
Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. The one who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous.

New Living Translation
Dear children, don't let anyone deceive you about this: When people do what is right, it shows that they are righteous, even as Christ is righteous.

English Standard Version
Little children, let no one deceive you. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as he is righteous.

New American Standard Bible
Little children, make sure no one deceives you; the one who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous;

King James Bible
Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Little children, let no one deceive you! The one who does what is right is righteous, just as He is righteous.

International Standard Version
Little children, don't let anyone deceive you. The person who practices righteousness is righteous, just as the Messiah is righteous.

NET Bible
Little children, let no one deceive you: The one who practices righteousness is righteous, just as Jesus is righteous.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Children, let no one deceive you; he who does righteousness is righteous even as The Messiah also is righteous.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Dear children, don't let anyone deceive you. Whoever does what God approves of has God's approval as Christ has God's approval.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Little children, let no one deceive you; he that does righteousness is righteous, even as he also is righteous.

King James 2000 Bible
Little children, let no man deceive you: he that does righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.

American King James Version
Little children, let no man deceive you: he that does righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.

American Standard Version
My little children, let no man lead you astray: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous:

Douay-Rheims Bible
Little children, let no man deceive you. He that doth justice is just, even as he is just.

Darby Bible Translation
Children, let no man lead you astray; he that practises righteousness is righteous, even as *he* is righteous.

English Revised Version
My little children, let no man lead you astray: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous:

Webster's Bible Translation
Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.

Weymouth New Testament
Dear children, let no one lead you astray. The man who acts righteously is righteous, just as He is righteous.

World English Bible
Little children, let no one lead you astray. He who does righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.

Young's Literal Translation
Little children, let no one lead you astray; he who is doing the righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous,
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

3:3-10 The sons of God know that their Lord is of purer eyes than to allow any thing unholy and impure to dwell with him. It is the hope of hypocrites, not of the sons of God, that makes allowance for gratifying impure desires and lusts. May we be followers of him as his dear children, thus show our sense of his unspeakable mercy, and express that obedient, grateful, humble mind which becomes us. Sin is the rejecting the Divine law. In him, that is, in Christ, was no sin. All the sinless weaknesses that were consequences of the fall, he took; that is, all those infirmities of mind or body which subject man to suffering, and expose him to temptation. But our moral infirmities, our proneness to sin, he had not. He that abides in Christ, continues not in the practice of sin. Renouncing sin is the great proof of spiritual union with, continuance in, and saving knowledge of the Lord Christ. Beware of self-deceit. He that doeth righteousness is righteous, and to be a follower of Christ, shows an interest by faith in his obedience and sufferings. But a man cannot act like the devil, and at the same time be a disciple of Christ Jesus. Let us not serve or indulge what the Son of God came to destroy. To be born of God is to be inwardly renewed by the power of the Spirit of God. Renewing grace is an abiding principle. Religion is not an art, a matter of dexterity and skill, but a new nature. And the regenerate person cannot sin as he did before he was born of God, and as others do who are not born again. There is that light in his mind, which shows him the evil and malignity of sin. There is that bias upon his heart, which disposes him to loathe and hate sin. There is the spiritual principle that opposes sinful acts. And there is repentance for sin, if committed. It goes against him to sin with forethought. The children of God and the children of the devil have their distinct characters. The seed of the serpent are known by neglect of religion, and by their hating real Christians. He only is righteous before God, as a justified believer, who is taught and disposed to righteousness by the Holy Spirit. In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil. May all professors of the gospel lay these truths to heart, and try themselves by them.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 7. - St. John repeats his declaration with emphasis and fresh considerations; hence the repetition of the tender address (1 John 2:1), "Little children, let no one ever seduce you into the belief that character and practice can be separated. He that doeth righteousness is righteous; for a righteous man inevitably practices righteousness." There are always persons who endeavour to reconcile religion with moral laxity, and in St. John's day some Gnostics definitely taught that conduct was immaterial to the spiritual man, for no external acts could defile such. "The external acts," says St. John, "prove the man's spiritual character and origin. He that doeth righteousness is righteous and is of God: he that doeth sin is of the devil." Note the difference between "even as" in verses 3 and 7. There καθώς introduces a pattern as a fresh motive for self-purification; here it introduces a comparison. Christ is righteous, and his character produces nothing but righteousness; so also is it with the righteous Christian.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Little children, let no man deceive you,.... Neither by these doctrines, nor by wicked practices, drawing into the belief of the one, or into the performance of the other; suggesting, as the Gnostics did, that knowledge without practice was enough, and that it was no matter how a man lived, provided his notions of the Gospel were right:

he that doeth righteousness, is righteous; not that any man is made righteous by the works of the law, or by his obedience to the law of works, for this is contrary to the express word of God; and besides, the best righteousness of man is imperfect, and can never constitute or denominate him righteous before God; and was he justified by it; it would not only lay a foundation for boasting in him, which ought not to be, but would make the death, the sacrifice, and righteousness of Christ, to be in vain; men are only made righteous by the righteousness of Christ, which be has wrought out which is revealed in the Gospel, and received by faith, and which God imputes without works; so that he that doeth righteousness is he that being convinced of the insufficiency of his own righteousness, and of the excellency and suitableness of Christ's righteousness, renounces his own, and submits to his; who lays hold upon it, receives it, and exercises faith on it, as his justifying righteousness; and, in consequence of this, lives in a course of holiness and righteousness, in opposition to, and distinction from one that commits sin, or lives a sinful course of life; which, though it does not make him righteous in the sight of God, yet it shows him to be righteous in the sight of men, and proves that faith to be right which lays hold on the righteousness of Christ, by which he is truly righteous:

even as he is righteous; as Christ himself is righteous; and so the Syriac version reads; not as personal, or as he is personally and essentially righteous as God; but as mystical, every member of his body being clothed with the same robe of righteousness the whole body of Christ is, and indeed justified by the same righteousness that he as Mediator was, when he rose from the dead, as the representative of his people: moreover, as Christ showed himself to be righteous as man, by doing good, so believers in him, by imitating him, and walking as he walked, show themselves to be good and righteous, like, though not equal to him; for as a tree is known by its fruits, so is a good man by his good works, and a righteous man by doing righteousness; and as good fruit does not make a good tree, but shows it to be good, so good works do not make a good man, nor a man's own righteousness make him a righteous man, but show him to be so.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

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.

righteousness—Greek, "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, Ro 10:3-10) makes him to do righteousness: an inversion common in familiar language, logical in reality, though not in form, as in Lu 7:47; Joh 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 (1Jo 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.

1 John 3:7 Additional Commentaries
Context
Children of God
6No one who abides in Him sins; no one who sins has seen Him or knows Him. 7Little children, make sure no one deceives you; the one who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous; 8the one who practices sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil.…
Cross References
1 Corinthians 6:9
Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men

1 John 2:1
My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father--Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.

1 John 2:26
I am writing these things to you about those who are trying to lead you astray.

1 John 2:29
If you know that he is righteous, you know that everyone who does what is right has been born of him.

1 John 3:18
Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.

1 John 4:17
This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus.
Treasury of Scripture

Little children, let no man deceive you: he that does righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.

let.

1 John 2:26,29 These things have I written to you concerning them that seduce you…

Romans 2:13 (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers …

1 Corinthians 6:9 Know you not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of …

Galatians 6:7,8 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatever a man sows, that …

Ephesians 5:6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things …

James 1:22 But be you doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.

James 2:19 You believe that there is one God; you do well: the devils also believe, …

James 5:1-3 Go to now, you rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall …

he that.

Psalm 106:3 Blessed are they that keep judgment, and he that does righteousness …

Ezekiel 18:5-9 But if a man be just, and do that which is lawful and right…

Matthew 5:20 For I say to you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the …

Luke 1:75 In holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life.

Acts 10:35 But in every nation he that fears him, and works righteousness, is …

Romans 2:6-8,13 Who will render to every man according to his deeds…

Romans 6:16-18 Know you not, that to whom you yield yourselves servants to obey, …

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 …

1 Peter 2:24 Who his own self bore our sins in his own body on the tree, that …

even.

1 John 3:3 And every man that has this hope in him purifies himself, even as he is pure.

1 John 2:1 My little children, these things write I to you, that you sin not. …

Psalm 45:7 You love righteousness, and hate wickedness: therefore God, your …

Psalm 72:1-7 Give the king your judgments, O God, and your righteousness to the king's son…

Hebrews 1:8 But to the Son he said, Your throne, O God, is for ever and ever: …

Hebrews 7:2 To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation …

1 Peter 1:15,16 But as he which has called you is holy, so be you holy in all manner …

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