1Jn 3:4 Πᾶς ὁ ποιῶν τὴν ἁμαρτίαν καὶ τὴν ἀνομίαν ποιεῖ, καὶ ἡ ἁμαρτία ἐστὶν ἡ ἀνομία.
In a hyper-literal rendering: Every one practicing the sin even the lawlessness he is practicing, and the sin it is the lawlessness.
This verse has no well-attested variants.
The verb poieo, means (basically) to make or to do. So, the glosses "practice" or "commit" sound much more correct in our English idom. "Doing sin" might work, however, the tense and voice of the verb forms are present-active, and "doing" may not convey in this place the habitual sense of the Gk., as well as "practicing" does, which term sounds more like a habit.
Rev. Bruce G. Buchanan
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