3:18 The one who believes in him is not condemned. 1 The one who does not believe has been condemned 2 already, because he has not believed in the name of the one and only 3 Son of God.
3:19 Now this is the basis for judging: 4 that the light has come into the world and people 5 loved the darkness rather than the light, because their deeds were evil.
3:20 For everyone who does evil deeds hates the light and does not come to the light, so that their deeds will not be exposed.
1 tn Grk “judged.”
2 tn Grk “judged.”
3 tn See the note on the term “one and only” in 3:16.
4 tn Or “this is the reason for God judging,” or “this is how judgment works.”
5 tn Grk “and men,” but in a generic sense, referring to people of both genders (as “everyone” in v. 20 makes clear).