John 3:20
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New International Version
Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their 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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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

For every one that doeth evil hateth the light - He who doth vile or abominable things: alluding to the subject mentioned in the preceding verse.

The word φαυλος, evil or vile, is supposed by some to come from the Hebrew פלס phalas, to roll, and so cover oneself in dust or ashes, which was practised in token of humiliation and grief, not only by the more eastern nations, see Job 42:6, but also by the Greeks and Trojans, as appears from Homer, Iliad xviii. l. 26; xxii. l. 414; xxiv. l. 640; compare Virgil, Aen. x. l. 844; and Ovid, Metam. lib. viii. l. 528. From the above Hebrew word, it is likely that the Saxon ful, the English foul, the Latin vilis, and the English vile, are derived. See Parkhurst under φαυλος.

Lest his deeds should be reproved - Or discovered. To manifest or discover, is one sense of the original word, ελεγχω, in the best Greek writers; and it is evidently its meaning in this place.

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John 7:7 The world cannot hate you; but me it hates, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil.

1 Kings 22:8 And the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, There is yet one man, Micaiah the son of Imlah, by whom we may inquire of the LORD...

Job 24:13-17 They are of those that rebel against the light; they know not the ways thereof, nor abide in the paths thereof...

Psalm 50:17 Seeing you hate instruction, and casts my words behind you.

Proverbs 1:29 For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD:

Proverbs 4:18 But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shines more and more to the perfect day.

Proverbs 5:12 And say, How have I hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof;

Proverbs 15:12 A scorner loves not one that reproves him: neither will he go to the wise.

Amos 5:10,11 They hate him that rebukes in the gate, and they abhor him that speaks uprightly...

Luke 11:45 Then answered one of the lawyers, and said to him, Master, thus saying you reproach us also.

James 1:23-25 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like to a man beholding his natural face in a glass...

reproved. or, discovered.

Ephesians 5:12,13 For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret...

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Notes on the Third Century
Page 161. Line 1. He must be born again, &c. This is a compound citation from John iii. 3, and Mark x. 15, in the order named. Page 182. Line 17. For all things should work together, &c. See Romans viii. 28. Page 184. Lines 10-11. Being Satan is able, &c. 2 Corinthians xi. 14. Page 184. Last line. Like a sparrow, &c. Psalm cii. Page 187. Line 1. Mechanisms. This word is, in the original MS., mechanicismes.' Page 187. Line 7. Like the King's daughter, &c. Psalm xlv. 14. Page 188. Med. 39. The best
Thomas Traherne—Centuries of Meditations

March 31 Evening
What communion hath light with darkness?--II COR. 6:14. Men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.--Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Darkness hath blinded his eyes.--Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. The dark places of the earth are full of the habitations of cruelty.--Love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God;
Anonymous—Daily Light on the Daily Path

June 19 Morning
Holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.--HEB. 12:14. Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.--There shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth.--There is no spot in thee. Ye shall be holy: for I the Lord your God am holy.--As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: but as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
Anonymous—Daily Light on the Daily Path

January 16 Morning
It pleased the Father, that in him should all fulness dwell.--COL. 1:19. The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand.--God hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.--Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and
Anonymous—Daily Light on the Daily Path

Cross References
Job 24:16
In the dark, thieves break into houses, but by day they shut themselves in; they want nothing to do with the light.

Proverbs 2:13
who have left the straight paths to walk in dark ways,

Jeremiah 9:6
You live in the midst of deception; in their deceit they refuse to acknowledge me," declares the LORD.

John 3:21
But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.

Ephesians 5:11
Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.

Ephesians 5:13
But everything exposed by the light becomes visible--and everything that is illuminated becomes a light.

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