New International Version
Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.
King James Bible
My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.
Darby Bible Translation
Children, let us not love with word, nor with tongue, but in deed and in truth.
World English Bible
My little children, let's not love in word only, neither with the tongue only, but in deed and truth.
Young's Literal Translation
My little children, may we not love in word nor in tongue, but in word and in truth!
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
My little children - Τεκνια μου, My beloved children, let us not love in word - in merely allowing the general doctrine of love to God and man to be just and right;
Neither in tongue - In making professions of love, and of a charitable and humane disposition, and resting there; but in deed - by humane and merciful acts;
And in truth - Feeling the disposition of which we speak. There is a good saying in Yalcut Rubeni, fol. 145, 4, on this point: "If love consisted in word only, then love ceaseth as soon as the word is pronounced. Such was the love between Balak and Balaam. But if love consisteth not in word, it cannot be dissolved; such was the love of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and the rest of the patriarchs which were before them."
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
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LibraryThe Purifying Hope
Eversley, 1869. Windsor Castle, 1869. 1 John iii. 2. "Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure." Let us consider this noble text, and see something, at least, of what it has to tell us. It is, like all God's messages, all God's laws, ay, like God's world in which we live and breathe, …
Charles Kingsley—All Saints' Day and Other Sermons
The Love that Calls us Sons
The End of Christ's Coming
The Great Privilege of those that are Born of God
My people come to you, as they usually do, and sit before you to hear your words, but they do not put them into practice. Their mouths speak of love, but their hearts are greedy for unjust gain.
For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified.
1 John 2:1
My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father--Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.
1 John 3:7
Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. The one who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous.
2 John 1:1
The elder, To the lady chosen by God and to her children, whom I love in the truth--and not I only, but also all who know the truth--
3 John 1:1
The elder, To my dear friend Gaius, whom I love in the truth.
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