New American Standard Bible
Little children, make sure no one deceives you; the one who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous;
King James Bible
Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.
Darby Bible Translation
Children, let no man lead you astray; he that practises righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.
World English Bible
Little children, let no one lead you astray. He who does righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.
Young's Literal Translation
Little children, let no one lead you astray; he who is doing the righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous,
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Little children - Notes at 1 John 2:1.
Let no man deceive you - That is, in the matter under consideration; to wit, by persuading you that a man may live in sinful practices, and yet be a true child of God. From this it is clear that the apostle supposed there were some who would attempt to do this, and it was to counteract their arts that he made these positive statements in regard to the nature of true religion.
He that doeth righteousness is righteous - This is laid down as a great and undeniable principle in religion - a maxim which none could dispute, and as important as it is plain. And it is worthy of all the emphasis which the apostle lays on it. The man who does righteousness, or leads an upright life, is a righteous man, and no other one is. No matter how any one may claim that he is justified by faith; no matter how he may conform to the external duties and rites of religion; no matter how zealous he may be for orthodoxy, or for the order of the church; no matter what visions and raptures he may have, or of what peace and joy in his soul he may boast; no matter how little he may fear death, or hope for heaven - unless he is in fact a righteous man, in the proper sense of the term, he cannot be a child of God. Compare Matthew 7:16-23. If he is, in the proper sense of the word, a man who keeps the law of God, and leads a holy life, he is righteous, for that is religion. Such a man, however, will always feel that his claim to be regarded as a righteous man is not to be traced to what he is in himself, but to what he owes to the grace of God.
Even as he is righteous - See the notes at 1 John 3:3. Not necessarily in this world to the same degree, but with the same kind of righteousness. Hereafter he will become wholly free from all sin, like his God and Saviour, 1 John 3:2.
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1 Corinthians 6:9
Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals,
1 John 2:1
My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous;
1 John 2:26
These things I have written to you concerning those who are trying to deceive you.
1 John 2:29
If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone also who practices righteousness is born of Him.
1 John 3:18
Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth.
1 John 4:17
By this, love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because as He is, so also are we in this world.
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