1 John 2:19

“They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

They went out from vs, but they were not of vs: for if they had beene of vs, they would no doubt haue continued with vs: but they went out that they might be made manifest, that they were not all of vs.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

They went out from us, but they were not {really} of us; for if they had been of us, they would have remained with us; but {they went out,} so that it would be shown that they all are not of us.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us: but `they went out', that they might be made manifest that they all are not of us.
- American Standard Version (1901)

They went out from us but they were not of us; if they had been of us they would still be with us: but they went out from us so that it might be made clear that they were not of us.
- Basic English Bible

They went out from among us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have surely remained with us, but that they might be made manifest that none are of us.
- Darby Bible

They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.
- Webster's Bible

They have gone forth from our midst, but they did not really belong to us; for had they belonged to us, they would have remained with us. But they left us that it might be manifest that professed believers do not all belong to us.
- Weymouth Bible

They went out from us, but they didn't belong to us; for if they had belonged to us, they would have continued with us. But they left, that they might be revealed that none of them belong to us.
- World English Bible

Thei wenten forth fro vs, but thei weren not of vs; for if thei hadden be of vs, thei hadden dwelte with vs; but that thei be knowun, that thei ben not of vs.
- Wycliffe Bible

out of us they went forth, but they were not of us, for if they had been of us, they would have remained with us; but -- that they might be manifested that they are not all of us.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 John 2:19


2:19 They were not of us - When they went; their hearts were before departed from God, otherwise, they would have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest - That is, this was made manifest by their going out.


People's Bible Notes for 1 John 2:19


1Jo 2:19 They went out from us, but they were not of us. This implies that these antichrists were apostates. The worst men are often those who were once outwardly religious and have fallen away. For if they had been of us, they would [no doubt] have continued with us. Had they been true and genuine Christians they could hardly have fallen into such a state of enmity. Their going away and bitter opposition show that they were not real converts.

Discussion for 1 John 2

  • Bruce
    Eliiah:Jesus is alive in the flesh. Where in the Bible is that found ?
  • Joan Travick
    Keep in mind I John 2:22-23: Remember, it was Peter who acknowledged who Jesus was
  • Eliiah
    The antichrist spirit that confesses not that Jesus is alive in the flesh is a liar because EVERY spirit KNOWS this very day that JESUS CHRIST IS ALIVE IN THE FLESH! The antichrist spirit is a liar and deceiver because it KNOWS! You know and confess not! Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.
  • Matt
    "Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.
    23 Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also." If you reject Jesus Christ, you reject God. John ch. 1 and 1 John ch. 5 v. 7: Jesus IS THE LIVING WORD OF GOD. In other words: GOD HIMSELF in the flesh.
  • Sylvia
    To Jerry Parker,
    Romans 10:9-11, If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
    For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
    For the scripture says "Whoever believes on Him wil not be put to shame"
    Our God is not a liar. If HE said it HE meant it.
  • Wayne
    Acts 2:37. They asked what must we do to be saved. The reply was and is, repent and be baptized. Matt. 4:17, Jesus started preaching, Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. We surrender to Him. He blesses us as we walk with Him.

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