New American Standard Bible
"For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.
King James Bible
For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
Darby Bible Translation
For every one that does evil hates the light, and does not come to the light that his works may not be shewn as they are;
World English Bible
For everyone who does evil hates the light, and doesn't come to the light, lest his works would be exposed.
Young's Literal Translation
for every one who is doing wicked things hateth the light, and doth not come unto the light, that his works may not be detected;
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
That doeth evil - Every wicked person.
Hateth the light - This is true of all wicked men. They choose to practice their deeds of wickedness in darkness. They are afraid of the light, because they could be easily detected. Hence, most crimes are committed in the night. So with the sinner against God. He hates the gospel, for it condemns his conduct, and his conscience would trouble him if it were enlightened.
His deeds should be reproved - To "reprove" here means not only to "detect" or make manifest, but also includes the idea of "condemnation" when his deeds are detected. The gospel would make his wickedness manifest, and his conscience would condemn him. We learn from this verse:
1. that one design of the gospel is "to reprove" men. It convicts them of sin in order that it may afford consolation.
2. that men by nature "hate" the gospel. No man who is a sinner loves it; and no man by nature is disposed to come to it, any more than an adulterer or thief is disposed to come to the daylight, and do his deeds of wickedness there.
3. The reason why the gospel, is hated is that men are sinners. "Christ is hated because sin is loved."
4. The sinner must be convicted or convinced of sin. If it be not in this world, it will be in the next. There is no escape for him; and the only way to avoid condemnation in the world to come is to come humbly and acknowledge sin here, and seek for pardon.
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God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.--JOHN 3:16. God . . . hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; to wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: …
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"In the dark they dig into houses, They shut themselves up by day; They do not know the light.
From those who leave the paths of uprightness To walk in the ways of darkness;
"Your dwelling is in the midst of deceit; Through deceit they refuse to know Me," declares the LORD.
"But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God."
Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them;
But all things become visible when they are exposed by the light, for everything that becomes visible is light.
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