3 John 1:11
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New International Version
Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil but what is good. Anyone who does what is good is from God. Anyone who does what is evil has not seen God.

New Living Translation
Dear friend, don't let this bad example influence you. Follow only what is good. Remember that those who do good prove that they are God's children, and those who do evil prove that they do not know God.

English Standard Version
Beloved, do not imitate evil but imitate good. Whoever does good is from God; whoever does evil has not seen God.

Berean Study Bible
Beloved, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good. The one who does good is of God; the one who does evil has not seen God.

Berean Literal Bible
Beloved, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good. The one doing good is of God; the one doing evil has not seen God.

New American Standard Bible
Beloved, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good. The one who does good is of God; the one who does evil has not seen God.

King James Bible
Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good. The one who does good is of God; the one who does evil has not seen God.

International Standard Version
Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good. The person who does what is good is from God. The person who does what is evil has never seen God.

NET Bible
Dear friend, do not imitate what is bad but what is good. The one who does good is of God; the one who does what is bad has not seen God.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Our beloved, do not imitate evil, but the good. One who does good is from God. One who does evil has not seen God.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Dear friend, never imitate evil, but imitate good. The person who does good is from God. The person who does evil has never seen God.

New American Standard 1977
Beloved, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good. The one who does good is of God; the one who does evil has not seen God.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that does good is of God, but he that does evil has not seen God.

King James 2000 Bible
Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that does good is of God: but he that does evil has not seen God.

American King James Version
Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that does good is of God: but he that does evil has not seen God.

American Standard Version
Beloved, imitate not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: he that doeth evil hath not seen God.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Dearly beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doth good, is of God: he that doth evil, hath not seen God.

Darby Bible Translation
Beloved, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good. He that does good is of God. He that does evil has not seen God.

English Revised Version
Beloved, imitate not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: he that doeth evil hath not seen God.

Webster's Bible Translation
Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God.

Weymouth New Testament
My dear friend, do not follow wrong examples, but right ones. He who habitually does what is right is a child of God: he who habitually does what is wrong has not seen God.

World English Bible
Beloved, don't imitate that which is evil, but that which is good. He who does good is of God. He who does evil hasn't seen God.

Young's Literal Translation
Beloved, be not thou following that which is evil, but that which is good; he who is doing good, of God he is, and he who is doing evil hath not seen God;
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
1:9-12 Both the heart and mouth must be watched. The temper and spirit of Diotrephes was full of pride and ambition. It is bad not to do good ourselves; but it is worse to hinder those who would do good. Those cautions and counsels are most likely to be accepted, which are seasoned with love. Follow that which is good, for he that doeth good, as delighting therein, is born of God. Evil-workers vainly pretend or boast acquaintance with God. Let us not follow that which is proud, selfish, and of bad design, though the example may be given by persons of rank and power; but let us be followers of God, and walk in love, after the example of our Lord.
Study Bible
Diotrephes and Demetrius
10So if I come, I will call attention to his malicious slander against us. And unsatisfied with that, he refuses to welcome the brothers and forbids those who want to do so, even putting them out of the church. 11Beloved, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good. The one who does good is of God; the one who does evil has not seen God. 12Demetrius has received a good testimony from everyone, and from the truth itself. We also testify for him, and you know that our testimony is true.…
Cross References
Psalm 34:14
Depart from evil and do good; Seek peace and pursue it.

Psalm 37:27
Depart from evil and do good, So you will abide forever.

1 John 2:29
If you know that He is righteous, you also know that everyone who practices righteousness is born of Him.

1 John 3:6
No one who remains in Him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has seen Him or known Him.

1 John 3:9
Anyone born of God refuses to practice sin, because God's seed abides in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born of God.

1 John 3:10
By this the children of God and the children of the devil can be distinguished: Anyone who does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is anyone who does not love his brother.

1 John 4:1
Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God. For many false prophets have gone out into the world.
Treasury of Scripture

Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that does good is of God: but he that does evil has not seen God.

Beloved. Beloved, [agapetos <27>,] is in the vocative singular, and therefore refers to Gaius.

follow. Rather, imitate [mimou.]

Exodus 23:2 You shall not follow a multitude to do evil; neither shall you speak …

Psalm 37:27 Depart from evil, and do good; and dwell for ever more.

Proverbs 12:11 He that tills his land shall be satisfied with bread: but he that …

Isaiah 1:16,17 Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before …

John 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:

John 12:26 If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall …

1 Corinthians 4:16 Why I beseech you, be you followers of me.

1 Corinthians 11:1 Be you followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.

Ephesians 5:1 Be you therefore followers of God, as dear children;

Philippians 3:17 Brothers, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so …

1 Thessalonians 1:6 And you became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received …

1 Thessalonians 2:14 For you, brothers, became followers of the churches of God which …

2 Timothy 3:10 But you have fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, …

Hebrews 6:12 That you be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith …

1 Peter 3:13 And who is he that will harm you, if you be followers of that which is good?

He that doeth good.

1 Peter 3:11 Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.

See on

1 John 2:29 If you know that he is righteous, you know that every one that does …

1 John 3:6-9 Whoever stays in him sins not: whoever sins has not seen him, neither …

he that doeth evil.

John 3:20 For every one that does evil hates the light, neither comes to the …

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