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

  • Wayne
    V. 19. He's talking about believers who left the faith and turned to working the anti-Christ side. Either we are for Christ or against Him. Satan sews tares in the wheat so be careful.
  • Norm
    And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life.
  • Cec
    Correction I meant to say no he is not just speaking about the people of his time, he is speaking of this generation. We must remember that in Revelations it was revealed to John what is to come
  • Cec
    Yes he is speaking about us. We must remember that John has been shown what is to come. Many things that are happening today are revealed in Revelations
  • Bryan
    Who is John revering to in I John:19 is just the general population of his time?
  • Lolacica
    I so appreciate the commentary ,and comments here .I am newly in the word and find reading them very helpful to understanding .To be in the world and not of this world can be difficult ,and I know that I struggle daily with this .All Praise Be To The Most High that I find guidance and true wisdom through being lead by the Holy Spirit . Shalom

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