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The first general epistle of John, chapter 4, New English Translation and King James Version

Chapter 4

New English Translation


   Testing the Spirits
   1 Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to determine if they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses Jesus as the Christ who has come in the flesh is from God, 3 but every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God, and this is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming, and now is already in the world.
   4 You are from God, little children, and have conquered them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. 5 They are from the world; therefore they speak from the world's perspective and the world listens to them. 6 We are from God; the person who knows God listens to us, but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of deceit.
   God is Love
   7 Dear friends, let us love one another, because love is from God, and everyone who loves has been fathered by God and knows God. 8 The person who does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 By this the love of God is revealed in us: that God has sent his one and only Son into the world so that we may live through him. 10 In this is love: not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins.
   11 Dear friends, if God so loved us, then we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God resides in us, and his love is perfected in us. 13 By this we know that we reside in God and he in us: in that he has given us of his Spirit. 14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of the world.
   15 If anyone confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God resides in him and he in God. 16 And we have come to know and to believe the love that God has in us. God is love, and the one who resides in love resides in God, and God resides in him. 17 By this love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment, because just as Jesus is, so also are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears punishment has not been perfected in love. 19 We love because he loved us first.
   20 If anyone says "I love God" and yet hates his fellow Christian, he is a liar, because the one who does not love his fellow Christian whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. 21 And the commandment we have from him is this: that the one who loves God should love his fellow Christian too. 1 Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been fathered by God, and everyone who loves the father loves the child fathered by him. 2 By this we know that we love the children of God: whenever we love God and obey his commandments. 3 For this is the love of God: that we keep his commandments. And his commandments do not weigh us down, 4 because everyone who has been fathered by God conquers the world. This is the conquering power that has conquered the world: our faith.

King James Version


   1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
   2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:
   3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.
   4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
   5 They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.
   6 We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.
   7 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
   8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
   9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.
   10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
   11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.
   12 No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.
   13 Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit.
   14 And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.
   15 Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.
   16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.
   17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.
   18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
   19 We love him, because he first loved us.
   20 If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?
   21 And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.
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