John 3:21
New International Version
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.

New Living Translation
But those who do what is right come to the light so others can see that they are doing what God wants.”

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.”

Berean Study Bible
But whoever practices the truth comes into the Light, so that it may be seen clearly that what he has done has been accomplished in God.”

Berean Literal Bible
but the one practicing the truth comes to the Light, that his works may be manifest as having been done in God."

New American Standard Bible
"But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God."

New King James Version
But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done 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.

Christian Standard Bible
But anyone who lives by the truth comes to the light, so that his works may be shown to be accomplished by God."

Contemporary English Version
But everyone who lives by the truth will come to the light, because they want others to know that God is really the one doing what they do.

Good News Translation
But those who do what is true come to the light in order that the light may show that what they did was in obedience to God.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But anyone who lives by the truth comes to the light, so that his works may be shown to be accomplished by God."

International Standard Version
But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may become evident that his actions have God's approval."

NET Bible
But the one who practices the truth comes to the light, so that it may be plainly evident that his deeds have been done in God.

New Heart English Bible
But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his works may be revealed, that they have been done in God."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But he who does The Truth comes to The Light, so that his works may be revealed, that they are performed by God.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But people who do what is true come to the light so that the things they do for God may be clearly seen.

New American Standard 1977
“But he who practices the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God.”

King James 2000 Bible
But he that does truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are worked in God.

American King James Version
But he that does truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are worked 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.

Darby Bible Translation
but he that practises the truth comes to the light, that his works may be manifested that they have been wrought 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.

World English Bible
But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his works may be revealed, that they have been done in God."

Young's Literal Translation
but he who is doing the truth doth come to the light, that his works may be manifested, that in God they are having been wrought.'
Study Bible
For God So Loved
20Everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come into the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. 21But whoever practices the truth comes into the Light, so that it may be seen clearly that what he has done has been accomplished in God.” 22After this, Jesus and His disciples went into the Judean countryside, where He spent some time with them and baptized.…
Cross References
John 3:20
Everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come into the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.

John 7:17
If anyone desires to do His will, he will know whether My teaching is from God or whether I speak on My own.

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

Treasury of Scripture

But he that does truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are worked in God.

he that.

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

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

Psalm 1:1-3
Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful…

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 ye, except ye abide in me…

Isaiah 26:12
LORD, thou wilt ordain peace for us: for thou also hast wrought 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. From me is thy fruit found.

they are.

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









Lexicon
But
δὲ (de)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1161: A primary particle; but, and, etc.

whoever
(ho)
Article - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

practices
ποιῶν (poiōn)
Verb - Present Participle Active - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 4160: (a) I make, manufacture, construct, (b) I do, act, cause. Apparently a prolonged form of an obsolete primary; to make or do.

the
τὴν (tēn)
Article - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

truth
ἀλήθειαν (alētheian)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 225: From alethes; truth.

comes
ἔρχεται (erchetai)
Verb - Present Indicative Middle or Passive - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 2064: To come, go.

into
πρὸς (pros)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 4314: To, towards, with. A strengthened form of pro; a preposition of direction; forward to, i.e. Toward.

the
τὸ (to)
Article - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

Light,
φῶς (phōs)
Noun - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 5457: Light, a source of light, radiance. From an obsolete phao; luminousness.

so that
ἵνα (hina)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2443: In order that, so that. Probably from the same as the former part of heautou; in order that.

it may be seen clearly
φανερωθῇ (phanerōthē)
Verb - Aorist Subjunctive Passive - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 5319: To make clear (visible, manifest), make known. From phaneros; to render apparent.

that
ὅτι (hoti)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 3754: Neuter of hostis as conjunction; demonstrative, that; causative, because.

[what] he
αὐτοῦ (autou)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive Masculine 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

has done
ἔργα (erga)
Noun - Nominative Neuter Plural
Strong's Greek 2041: From a primary ergo; toil; by implication, an act.

has been
ἐστιν (estin)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

accomplished
εἰργασμένα (eirgasmena)
Verb - Perfect Participle Middle or Passive - Nominative Neuter Plural
Strong's Greek 2038: To work, trade, perform, do, practice, commit, acquire by labor.

in
ἐν (en)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1722: In, on, among. A primary preposition denoting position, and instrumentality, i.e. A relation of rest; 'in, ' at, on, by, etc.

God.”
Θεῷ (Theō)
Noun - Dative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2316: A deity, especially the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; by Hebraism, very.
(21) He that doeth truth is opposed to "him that practiseth evil." With fixed purpose he doeth not that which is evil or worthless, but that which, when every veil by which it is hidden from himself or others is removed, remains morally true. Regarding truth as the work of life, he cometh to the light, and though for him too it will be a revelation of sins and errors, and deeds of shame, he hates them the moment he knows them, cuts them from his life at whatever cost, and carries his whole being to the light that it may become really true, and that its true works may be made manifest. He will hate the darkness, for he can have nothing to conceal in it. He will love the light, for everything which it reproves he reproves too, and every ray he can gather from it becomes part of the truth which is his life-work. For the remarkable expression "to do the truth," which, with its opposite "to do a lie" (John 8:44; Revelation 21:27; Revelation 22:15), is common in Rabbinic writers, comp. Job 13:4, and 1John 1:6; and for "walking in truth," comp. 2John 1:4, and 3John 1:3-4. In 1Corinthians 13:6, "truth" is opposed to "iniquity."

That they are wrought in God.--Perhaps better, because they are wrought in God. This is the reason of their being made manifest in the light revealed in the person of Christ. However full the light which had guided men's steps had been, it was still part of the true Light which lighteth every man, and must lead to Him. Every work wrought in God had already bound them in union with Him, and prepared them to receive Him. That Light was in the world, in the Law and Prophets of the Old Testament Scriptures (Matthew 5:17), in the witness of things invisible ever borne by the things that are made (Romans 1:20), in the law written upon the hearts of men (Romans 2:14-15). As before (John 3:19), these words are general, but we may not exclude from them a special meaning. He who spoke them warrants our applying them to characters, like the true Nathanael, in whom there is no guile (John 1:47); like the rock-man Peter (John 1:42); like the witness John (Matthew 11:11). Some ground was good when the Sower went forth to sow.

Two thoughts are suggested to us at the close of this first discourse. One is, that the writer, with perfect naturalness, says nothing of the effect on Nicodemus, but leaves the after-glimpses to tell their own tale. (See John 7:50; John 19:39.) The other is, that we have come upon teaching distinct in style and matter from that of the earlier Gospels. On this see Excursus D: The Discourses in St. John's Gospel.

Verse 21. - But he that doeth the truth - who is "of the truth," and "heareth his voice" (John 18:37), he who is "morally true," inwardly sincere, who would never shrink from a genuine self-revelation - cometh to the light. This remarkable expression allies itself with many other words of Christ, and suggests that in the heart of Judaism and of mankind generally, amid and notwithstanding the darkness which prevailed, there were found elect souls, taught of the Spirit, longing for more light, yearning to know the truth about themselves, however humiliating it might prove to be. This is confirmed by St. Paul's argument (Romans 1 and 2), where some Gentiles who have not the Law are admitted to do by nature the things contained in the Law, and even to become a law unto themselves; and where, in contradistinction to the hopelessly rebellious, Paul assumes that there are some who "by patient continuance in well doing, seek for glory, honour, and immortality." These "do the truth, and have no pleasure in unrighteousness." They are "taught of God," they have "seen and heard from the Father" some of the great things of the Law. The Holy Spirit has opened their eyes to see great things in the Law, and they come to the light. They are not afraid of the revelation it will make. They may be humbled and pained by the disclosure, but there is a Divine luxury in such pain. The purpose of the coming to the light on the part of one who doeth the truth, is in order that his works may be made manifest. This is the precise contrary of the conduct of the man whose eye is scaled and whose heart is made fat by sin. Such a one dreads conviction, the outward affirmation or utterance of the inwardly known κρίσις; and therefore shrinks from conviction or any conduct which will promote it. He flees from the man of God, he disdains the revealing Word, he rejects the blessed Christ, he loves the darkness, this is his condemnation. On the other hand, the sincere man, who is honest with himself, is supremely anxious for the true light to bear down upon his "works." He is willing that they should be manifested. If he is deceiving himself with false hopes, he yearns that these should disappear before the shining of the true light. If his works will bear examination, then let him know the verdict which is unconsciously being given by the revelation of the light. It is a nice question to determine the meaning of the ὅτι. The current interpretation is for, or because, they are wrought in God; i.e. the sincere man desires this self-manifestation, comes to the light because his works have been inwrought by Divine grace. He loves the light, he does the truth because God has wrought within him to will and to do. In other words, the work of grace is in every case the adequate explanation of such a contrast to the common condition of human nature. Godet suggests that ὅτι here has the meaning of "that," and urges that the Greek usage in John 4:35 and other passages will justify the translation, he cometh... manifest, that they are wrought in God, as though this Divine revelation were the real end of his coming to the light. This appears to me to be incompatible with the fact. The man who doeth the truth may yet need very much instruction before he accepts the Divine Original of his own conduct, or desires the manifestation to others of the Divine Source of his humble search. The more current translation, "because," is in harmony with the facts of Christian and religious experience, and is in keeping with the biblical assurance, that all good, all holiness, sincerity, and upright striving, just such as Nicodemus was then displaying, is God's own work, and is the result of his grace. Nicodemus comes, asks questions, receives weighty answers, and retires. We do not know the immediate result of these most wonderful words upon him; but we do find him taking the part of Jesus before the Sanhedrin (John 7:50, 51); and from John 19:39 we learn that, though a secret disciple, he did not disdain to come out of his hiding place to houour the corpse of the Crucified. The death of Jesus, which had blasted the hopes of the apostles, had fired those of Nicodemus. Every word of this discourse is compatible with the position of the great Prophet at this early period of his ministry, is suited to the Pharisaic mind, and adapted to meet its difficulties and correct its prejudices. If a few expressions, such as "the only begotten Son," "this is the condemnation, that," "he that doeth the truth," are found in writings which are John's undoubted composition, the circumstance may be explained that he borrowed them from Jesus. This is quite as rational (not to say legitimate and reverential) as to suppose, because of them, that John invented them, and betrayed their origin by placing them in the lips of Jesus. We do not suppose that John has mechanically recited the whole of the words that were spoken on either side, but preserved those heads of discourse which rise like mountain peaks above the oceans of thought between them, and are linked together by the glory which they severally reflect from the sublime personality of the Son of man.
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