1 John 3:3
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English Standard Version
And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.

King James Bible
And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.

American Standard Version
And every one that hath this hope'set on him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And every one that hath this hope in him, sanctifieth himself, as he also is holy.

English Revised Version
And every one that hath this hope set on him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.

Webster's Bible Translation
And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.

Weymouth New Testament
And every man who has this hope fixed on Him, purifies himself so as to be as pure as He is.

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Vincent's Word Studies

Every man that hath (πᾶς ὁ ἔχων)

A characteristic form of expression with John, containing "a reference to some who had questioned the application of a general principle in particular cases." Here to some persons who had denied the practical obligation to moral purity involved in their hope. See 1 John 3:4, 1 John 3:6, 1 John 3:9, 1 John 3:10, 1 John 3:15, 1 John 3:23, 1 John 3:24; 1 John 4:7; 1 John 5:1, 1 John 5:4, 1 John 5:18; 2 John 1:9.


John's only reference to Christian hope. The phrase used here, to have the hope upon one, is unique in the New Testament. Compare ἐπ' αὐτῷ ἔθνη ἐλπιοῦσιν "on Him shall the Gentiles hope" (Romans 15:12): ἠλπίκαμεν ἐπὶ Θεῷ ζῶντι "we have hoped on the living God" (1 Timothy 4:10). On the force of ἔχων, see on John 16:22.

In Him (ἐπ' αὐτῷ)

Ambiguous. Better, as Rev., set on Him.

Purifieth himself (ἁγνίζει ἑαυτόν)

On the verb, see on 1 Peter 1:22; see on James 4:8. In the Septuagint used only of ceremonial purification, and so four out of the seven instances in which it occurs in the New Testament (John 11:55; Acts 21:24, Acts 21:26; Acts 24:18). In the remaining cases, of purifying the heart and the soul (James 4:8; 1 Peter 1:22). The kindred adjective ἁγνός pure, has a moral signification in every case, as has the noun ἁγότης pureness (only 2 Corinthians 6:6). Ἁγνισμός purification (only Acts 21:26), ceremonial.

He (ἐκεῖνος)

Christ, as always in the Epistle.

Pure (ἁγνός)

See above. Though marking moral and spiritual purity, and that of a very high grade, since it is applied to Christ here, yet it admits the thought of possible temptation or pollution, thus differing from ἅγιος, which means absolutely holy. Hence ἁγνός cannot properly be applied to God, who is ἅγιος; but both may be used of Christ, the latter in virtue of His human perfection.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


Romans 5:4,5 And patience, experience; and experience, hope...

Colossians 1:5 For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof you heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel;

2 Thessalonians 2:16 Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which has loved us...

Titus 3:7 That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

Hebrews 6:18 That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation...


Acts 15:9 And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.

2 Corinthians 7:1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit...

Hebrews 12:14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:

2 Peter 1:4 Whereby are given to us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these you might be partakers of the divine nature...

2 Peter 3:14 Why, beloved, seeing that you look for such things, be diligent that you may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.


1 John 2:6 He that said he stays in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.

1 John 4:17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.

Matthew 5:48 Be you therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

Luke 6:36 Be you therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.

Hebrews 7:26 For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;

Cross References
2 Samuel 22:27
with the purified you deal purely, and with the crooked you make yourself seem tortuous.

John 17:19
And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth.

Romans 15:12
And again Isaiah says, "The root of Jesse will come, even he who arises to rule the Gentiles; in him will the Gentiles hope."

2 Corinthians 7:1
Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God.

James 4:8
Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

1 Peter 1:3
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

1 Peter 1:15
but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct,

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