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

New Living Translation
Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions.

English Standard Version
Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.

Berean Study Bible
Little children, let us love not in word and speech, but in action and truth.

New American Standard Bible
Little children, let’s not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth.

NASB 1995
Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth.

NASB 1977
Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth.

Amplified Bible
Little children (believers, dear ones), let us not love [merely in theory] with word or with tongue [giving lip service to compassion], but in action and in truth [in practice and in sincerity, because practical acts of love are more than words].

Christian Standard Bible
Little children, let us not love in word or speech, but in action and in truth.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Little children, we must not love with word or speech, but with truth and action.

Contemporary English Version
Children, you show love for others by truly helping them, and not merely by talking about it.

Good News Translation
My children, our love should not be just words and talk; it must be true love, which shows itself in action.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Dear children, we must show love through actions that are sincere, not through empty words.

International Standard Version
Little children, we must stop expressing love merely by our words and manner of speech; we must love also in action and in truth.

NET Bible
Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue but in deed and truth.
Classic Translations
King James Bible
My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.

New King James Version
My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.

King James 2000 Bible
My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.

New Heart English Bible
Little children, let us not love in word only, neither with the tongue only, but in deed and truth.

World English Bible
My little children, let's not love in word only, neither with the tongue only, but in deed and truth.

American King James Version
My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.

American Standard Version
My Little children, let us not love in word, neither with the tongue; but in deed and truth.

A Faithful Version
My little children, we should not love in word, nor with our tongues; rather, we should love in deed and in truth.

Darby Bible Translation
Children, let us not love with word, nor with tongue, but in deed and in truth.

English Revised Version
My little children, let us not love in word, neither with the tongue; but in deed and truth.

Webster's Bible Translation
My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue, but in deed and in truth.

Early Modern
Geneva Bible of 1587
My litle children, let vs not loue in worde, neither in tongue onely, but in deede and in trueth.

Bishops' Bible of 1568
My babes, let vs not loue in worde, neither in tongue: but in deede and in veritie.

Coverdale Bible of 1535
My litle children, let vs not loue with worde nether with tonge, but with ye dede, and with the trueth.

Tyndale Bible of 1526
My babes let vs not love in worde nether in tonge: but with dede and in veritie:
Literal Translations
Literal Standard Version
My little children, may we not love in word nor in tongue, but in work and in truth!

Berean Literal Bible
Little children, we should love not in word, nor in tongue, but in action and in truth.

Young's Literal Translation
My little children, may we not love in word nor in tongue, but in work and in truth!

Smith's Literal Translation
My little children, we should not love in word, neither in tongue; but in work and truth.

Literal Emphasis Translation
Little children, we should not love in word nor in tongue, but rather in deed and in truth.

Catholic Translations
Douay-Rheims Bible
My little children, let us not love in word, nor in tongue, but in deed, and in truth.

Catholic Public Domain Version
My little sons, let us not love in words only, but in works and in truth.

Translations from Aramaic
Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Children, let us not love one another with words and with speech, but in deeds and in truth.

Lamsa Bible
My children, let us not love one another in word and in tongue, but in deed and in truth.

NT Translations
Anderson New Testament
My little children, let us not love in word, nor in tongue, but in deed, and in truth.

Godbey New Testament
Little children, let us love with divine love not in word, nor in tongue; but in deed and in truth.

Haweis New Testament
My dear children, let us not love in word and in tongue, but in deed and in truth;

Mace New Testament
my dear children, let not our love be only in the language of our lips, but in the real effects of the heart.

Weymouth New Testament
Dear children, let us not love in words only nor with the lips, but in deed and in truth.

Worrell New Testament
Little children, let us not love in word, neither with the tongue, but in deed and in truth.

Worsley New Testament
My little children, let us not love in word, or in tongue only, but in deed and in truth.








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