1 John 3:17

“But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

But who so hath this worlds good, and seeth his brother hath need, and shutteth vp his bowels of compassion from him; how dwelleth the loue of God in him?
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

But whoever has the world's goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him?
- New American Standard Version (1995)

But whoso hath the world's goods, and beholdeth his brother in need, and shutteth up his compassion from him, how doth the love of God abide in him?
- American Standard Version (1901)

But if a man has this world's goods, and sees that his brother is in need, and keeps his heart shut against his brother, how is it possible for the love of God to be in him?
- Basic English Bible

But whoso may have the world's substance, and see his brother having need, and shut up his bowels from him, how abides the love of God in him?
- Darby Bible

But he who hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?
- Webster's Bible

But if any one has this world's wealth and sees that his brother man is in need, and yet hardens his heart against him--how can such a one continue to love God?
- Weymouth Bible

But whoever has the world's goods, and sees his brother in need, and closes his heart of compassion against him, how does the love of God remain in him?
- World English Bible

He that hath the catel of this world, and seeth that his brothir hath nede, and closith his entrailis fro hym, hou dwellith the charite of God in hym?
- Wycliffe Bible

and whoever may have the goods of the world, and may view his brother having need, and may shut up his bowels from him -- how doth the love of God remain in him?
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 John 3:17


3:17 But whoso hath this world's good - Worldly substance, far less valuable than life. And seeth his brother have need - The very sight of want knocks at the door of the spectator's heart. And shutteth up - Whether asked or not. His bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him - Certainly not at all, however he may talk, #1Jo 3:18|, of loving God.


People's Bible Notes for 1 John 3:17


1Jo 3:17 But he who hath this world's goods, etc. If this be true, what shall be said of one who refuses to succor his suffering brother with all his goods?

Discussion for 1 John 3

  • Dan
    God is light 1JN 5 1jn 3:24 And he that keepeth his comandments god dwelleth in him and he in God 1Jn 3:23 And this is his commandment that we believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another as he gave commandment do this and you walk in the light which is god
  • Dan
    as he is so are we in this word 1 jn 4: - 17 1 jn 3: -3 he is pure 1 jn 3: -2 we will be like him pure because of our faith heb 11: 1 faith is the substance of things hoped for the evidence of things not seen he that has this hope in him faith purefies himself as he is pure
  • Wayne
    John is addressing this letter to the sons of God, who he calls beloved vv.1-2. Urging them to purify themselves in Christ. According to their hope in Christ. In purifying themselves, and walking in Christ's power, they will know, in their hearts, they are right with God. No condemnation.
  • Bro William
    ...Unless your heart is deceitful and desperately wicked. "Wherein have I sinned?" There is condemnation of those who walk in darkness who say they know God according to their senses. Although their heart condemns them not. LORD, LORD! OPEN UNTO US! "DEPART FROM ME INTO EVERLASTING DARKNESS, "where the worm dieth not and the fire is not quenched, where there is wailing and gnashing of teeth".
  • Wayne
    And v. 21. If our heart doesnt condemn us, then we have confidence toward God. Isn't that great!!!
  • BSP
    Verse 20 shows that no matter what we feel about ourselves, God is greater than our hearts and knows all things.

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