John 3:21
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English Standard Version
But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.”

King James Bible
But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

American Standard Version
But he that doeth the truth cometh to the light, that his works may be made manifest, that they have been wrought in God.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But he that doth truth, cometh to the light, that his works may be made manifest, because they are done in God.

English Revised Version
But he that doeth the truth cometh to the light, that his works may be made manifest, that they have been wrought in God.

Webster's Bible Translation
But he that doeth truth, cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

Weymouth New Testament
But he who does what is honest and right comes to the light, in order that his actions may be plainly shown to have been done in God.

John 3:21 Parallel
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Vincent's Word Studies

Doeth the truth (ποιῶν τὴν ἀλήθειαν)

The phrase occurs only here and in 1 John 1:6. Note the contrasted phrase, doeth evil (John 3:20). There the plural is used: doeth evil things; evil being represented by a number of bad works. Here the singular, the truth, or truth; truth being regarded as one, and "including in a supreme unity all right deeds." There is also to be noted the different words for doing in these two verses: doeth evil (πράσσων); doeth truth (ποιῶν). The latter verb contemplates the object and end of action; the former the means, with the idea of continuity and repetition. Πράσσων is the practice, while ποιῶν may be the doing once for all. Thus ποιεῖν is to conclude a peace: πράσσειν, to negotiate a peace. So Demosthenes: "He will do (πράξει) these things, and will accomplish them (ποιήσει)." In the New Testament a tendency is observable to use ποιεῖν in a good sense, and πράσσωιν in an evil sense. Compare the kindred word πρᾶξις, deed or work, which occurs six times, and in four out of the six of evil doing (Matthew 16:27; Luke 23:51; Acts 19:18; Romans 8:13; Romans 12:14; Colossians 3:9). With this passage compare especially John 5:29, where the two verbs are used with the two nouns as here. Also, Romans 7:15, Romans 7:19. Bengel says: "Evil is restless: it is busier than truth." In Romans 1:32; Romans 2:3, both verbs are used of doing evil, but still with a distinction in that πράσσω is the more comprehensive term, designating the pursuit of evil as the aim of the activity.

Cometh to

In contrast with hateth (John 3:20). His love of the light is shown by his seeking it.

In God

The element of holy action. Notice the perfect tense, have been wrought (as Rev.) and abide.

John 3:21 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

he that.

John 1:47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and said of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!

John 5:39 Search the scriptures; for in them you think you have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.

Psalm 1:1-3 Blessed is the man that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the way of sinners...

Psalm 119:80,105 Let my heart be sound in your statutes; that I be not ashamed...

Psalm 139:23,24 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts...

Isaiah 8:20 To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.

Acts 17:11,12 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind...

1 John 1:6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:

that his.

John 15:4,5 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can you...

Isaiah 26:12 LORD, you will ordain peace for us: for you also have worked all our works in us.

Hosea 14:8 Ephraim shall say, What have I to do any more with idols? I have heard him, and observed him: I am like a green fir tree...

1 Corinthians 15:10 But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed on me was not in vain...

2 Corinthians 1:12 For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom...

Galatians 5:22,23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith...

Galatians 6:8 For he that sows to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption...

Ephesians 5:9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)

Philippians 1:11 Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

Philippians 2:13 For it is God which works in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

Colossians 1:29 Whereunto I also labor, striving according to his working, which works in me mightily.

Hebrews 13:21 Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ...

1 Peter 1:22 Seeing you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit to unfeigned love of the brothers...

2 Peter 1:5-10 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge...

1 John 2:27-29 But the anointing which you have received of him stays in you, and you need not that any man teach you...

1 John 4:12,13,15,16 No man has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwells in us, and his love is perfected in us...

Revelation 3:1,2,15 And to the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things said he that has the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars...

they are.

3 John 1:11 Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that does good is of God: but he that does evil has not seen God.

Cross References
John 3:20
For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed.

John 7:17
If anyone's will is to do God's will, he will know whether the teaching is from God or whether I am speaking on my own authority.

1 John 1:6
If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.

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