John 3:20 LEB

20 For everyone who practices evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds be exposed.

Study tools for John 3:20

  • a 3:1 - Literally "the name to him"
  • b 3:2 - *Here both the pronoun and verb are understood in Greek and are supplied in the translation
  • c 3:3 - The same Greek word can mean either "from above" or "again," which allows for the misunderstanding by Nicodemus here; Jesus was speaking of new birth "from above," while Nicodemus misunderstood him to mean a second physical birth
  • d 3:4 - *The negative construction in Greek anticipates a negative answer here, indicated in the translation by the phrase "[can he]"
  • e 3:7 - The same Greek word can mean either "from above" or "again" (see also v. 3)
  • f 3:14 - An allusion to Num 21:5-9
  • g 3:15 - Some interpreters and Bible translations extend the quotation of Jesus' words through v. 21
  • h 3:17 - Or "he should condemn"
  • i 3:18 - Or "condemned"
  • j 3:18 - Or "been condemned"
  • k 3:25 - Some significant early manuscripts read "the Jews"
  • l 3:29 - Literally "with joy"
  • m 3:36 - Some interpreters and Bible translations extend the quotation of John the Baptist's words through v. 36