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William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - John 3:17-21

3:17-21 For God did not send his son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him. He who believes in him is not condemned, but he who does not believe already stands condemned. And this is the reason of this condemnation--the light came into the world and men loved the darkness rather than the light, for their deeds were evil. Every one of whose deeds are depraved hates the light, and does not come to the light, but his deeds stand convicted. But he who... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - John 3:20

For every one that doth evil, hateth the light ,.... Every man, the series of whose life and conversation is evil, hates Christ and his Gospel, cause they make manifest his evil deeds, convict him of them, and rebuke him for them: neither cometh to the light ; to hear Christ preach, or preached; to attend on the Gospel ministration and means of grace: lest his deeds should be reproved ; or discovered, and made manifest, and he be brought to shame, and laid under blame, and advised to... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - John 3:20

For every one that doeth evil hateth the light - He who doth vile or abominable things: alluding to the subject mentioned in the preceding verse. The word φαυλος , evil or vile, is supposed by some to come from the Hebrew פלס phalas , to roll, and so cover oneself in dust or ashes, which was practised in token of humiliation and grief, not only by the more eastern nations, see Job 42:6 , but also by the Greeks and Trojans, as appears from Homer, Iliad xviii. l. 26; xxii. l. 414;... read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - John 3:20

Verse 20 20.For whosoever doeth what is evil. The meaning is, that the light is hateful to them for no other reason than because they are wicked and desire to conceal their sins, as far as lies in their power. Hence it follows that, by rejecting the remedy, they may be said purposely to cherish the ground of their condemnation. We are greatly mistaken, therefore, if we suppose that they who are enraged against the Gospel are actuated by godly zeal, when, on the contrary, they abhor and shun the... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - John 3:3-21

5. The revelation of earthly and heavenly things to one who knew that God was with him. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - John 3:17-21

The Incarnation regarded respectively in its design and in its actual result. I. THE DESIGN OF THE INCARNATION . "For God sent not his Son into the world to judge the world; but that the world through him might be saved." 1 . It was for the salvation of the world. (a) from the guilt of sin, (b) from the power of sin, (c) and to give him an eternal inheritance in glory. 2 . It was not for the judgment of the world. The Jews expected the kingdom for the... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - John 3:20

This verse expounds and supplies a further and causal explanation of the relation of conduct to character. For every one that praetiseth bad things . The first suggests the repeated acts of a man's conduct, his habits, his practice, and not unfrequently it has a bad sense attributed to it, while the second, ποιεῖν , refers to the full expression of an inward life, and is more appropriate to denote the higher deeds and grander principles). This practice of bad ways ( φαῦλα ) leads... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - John 3:20

That doeth evil - Every wicked person.Hateth the light - This is true of all wicked men. They choose to practice their deeds of wickedness in darkness. They are afraid of the light, because they could be easily detected. Hence, most crimes are committed in the night. So with the sinner against God. He hates the gospel, for it condemns his conduct, and his conscience would trouble him if it were enlightened.His deeds should be reproved - To “reprove” here means not only to “detect” or make... read more

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