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

King James Bible
For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.

Darby Bible Translation
that if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart and knows all things.

World English Bible
because if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things.

Young's Literal Translation
because if our heart may condemn -- because greater is God than our heart, and He doth know all things.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

If our heart condemn us - If we be conscious that our love is feigned, we shall feel inwardly condemned in professing to have what we have not. And if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, for he knows every hypocritical winding and turning of the soul, he searches the heart, and tries the reins, and sees all the deceitfulness and desperate wickedness of the heart which we cannot see, and, if we could see them, could not comprehend them; and as he is the just Judge, he will condemn us more strictly and extensively than we can be by our own conscience.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

if.

Job 27:6 My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go: my heart shall not reproach me so long as I live.

John 8:9 And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the oldest, even to the last...

Acts 5:33 When they heard that, they were cut to the heart, and took counsel to slay them.

Romans 2:14,15 For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law...

1 Corinthians 4:4 For I know nothing by myself; yet am I not hereby justified: but he that judges me is the Lord.

1 Corinthians 14:24,25 But if all prophesy, and there come in one that believes not, or one unlearned, he is convinced of all, he is judged of all...

Titus 3:11 Knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sins, being condemned of himself.

God.

1 John 4:4 You are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

Job 33:12 Behold, in this you are not just: I will answer you, that God is greater than man.

John 10:29,30 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand...

Hebrews 6:13 For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he swore by himself,

and.

Psalm 44:20,21 If we have forgotten the name of our God, or stretched out our hands to a strange god...

Psalm 90:8 You have set our iniquities before you, our secret sins in the light of your countenance.

Psalm 139:1-4 O lord, you have searched me, and known me...

Jeremiah 17:10 I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.

Jeremiah 23:24 Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? said the LORD. Do not I fill heaven and earth? said the LORD.

John 2:24,25 But Jesus did not commit himself to them, because he knew all men...

John 21:17 He said to him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, love you me? Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, Love you me?...

Hebrews 4:13 Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight...

Revelation 2:23 And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searches the reins and hearts...

Library
The Purifying Hope
Eversley, 1869. Windsor Castle, 1869. 1 John iii. 2. "Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure." Let us consider this noble text, and see something, at least, of what it has to tell us. It is, like all God's messages, all God's laws, ay, like God's world in which we live and breathe,
Charles Kingsley—All Saints' Day and Other Sermons

The Love that Calls us Sons
'Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God....'--1 John iii. 1. One or two points of an expository character will serve to introduce what else I have to say on these words. The text is, I suppose, generally understood as if it pointed to the fact that we are called the sons of God as the great exemplification of the wonderfulness of His love. That is a perfectly possible view of the connection and meaning of the text. But if we are to
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture Ephesians, Peter,John

The End of Christ's Coming
"For this purpose was the Son of God manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil." 1 John 3:8. 1. Many eminent writers, heathen as well as Christian, both in earlier and later ages, have employed their utmost labour and art in painting the beauty of virtue. And the same pains they have taken to describe, in the liveliest colours, the deformity of vice; both of vice in general, and of those particular vices which were most prevalent in their respective ages and countries. With equal care
John Wesley—Sermons on Several Occasions

The Great Privilege of those that are Born of God
"Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin." 1 John 3:9. 1. It has been frequently supposed, that the being born of God was all one with the being justified; that the new birth and justification were only different expressions, denoting the same thing: It being certain, on the one hand, that whoever is justified is also born of God; and, on the other, that whoever is born of God is also justified; yea, that both these gifts of God are given to every believer in one and the same moment. In one
John Wesley—Sermons on Several Occasions

Cross References
Romans 8:34
Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died--more than that, who was raised to life--is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.

1 John 3:19
This is how we know that we belong to the truth and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence:

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

1 John 4:4
You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.

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