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Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament

1 John 3:18

In word, neither with the tongue (logwi mhde thi glwsshi).
Either instrumental or locative makes sense. What John means is "not merely by word or by the tongue." He does not condemn kind words which are comforting and cheering, but warm words should be accompanied by warm deeds to make real "in deed and in truth" (en ergwi kai alhteiai). Here is a case where actions do speak louder than mere words.


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The Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament. Copyright © Broadman Press 1932,33, Renewal 1960. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman Press (Southern Baptist Sunday School Board)

Bibliography Information
Robertson, A.T. "Commentary on 1 John 3:18". "Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/rwp/view.cgi?book=1jo&chapter=003&verse=018>. Broadman Press 1932,33, Renewal 1960.