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

  • William boles
    if we are truly born again our hearts are changed thats what nicedemos didn;t understand lots of people are led by there flesh not there hearts the thought today is we confess salvation now we can do whatever we want that is wilful Sin ask ourselves would christ do this or that the apostle paul said follow me As i follow Christ be in the world but not of the world not partakers of there sins
  • Steve morrow
    1 JOHN 3:16 HEREBY PERCEIVE WE THE LOVE OF GOD BECAUSE HE LAID DOWN HIS LIFE FOR US AND WE OUGHT TO LAY DOWN OUR LIVES FOR THE BRETHREN 3:17 BUT WHOSO HATH THIS WORLDS GOOD AND SEETH HIS BROTHER HAVE NEED AND SHUTTETH UP HIS BOWELS OF COMPASSION FROM HIM HOW DWELLETH THE LOVE OF GOD IN HIM JOHN 14:15 --IF--YOU LOVE ME KEEP MY COMMANDMENTS
  • Steve morrow
    1 john 3:7 LITTLE CHILDREN LET ---NO MAN---DECEIVE YOU HE THAT DOETH RIGHTEOUSNESS IS RIGHTEOUS EVEN AS HE IS RIGHTEOUS 3:10 IN THIS THE CHILDREN OF GOD ARE MANIFEST AND THE CHILDREN OF the devil WHOSOEVER DOETH NOT RIGHTEOUSNESS IS NOT OF GOD NEITHER HE THAT LOVETH NOT HIS BROTHER 1 john 2:29 IF YOU KNOW THAT HE IS RIGHTEOUS YOU KNOW THAT EVERYONE THAT DOETH RIGHTEOUSNESS IS --BORN OF HIM--
  • Bruce
    Neil:"Born"in Greek:gennao,be born,bring forth, be delivered. Planting seed "sperma" something sown, any seed, including male,"speiro" sow. 1John2:1-4.(Saying the meaning is in Greek or Hebrew is no help to the lost) let's sow the "WORD" in the hearts of others and see what harvest we get? Called John6:44,forgiving 1John1:9, Baptist Matthew3:11,you will know!--ll Corinthians5:17. HELL is for---!
  • Mary landry
    we much live by the word and always do our best to please God no matter what come up on us thank God anyway
  • Wayne
    Therefore the world knoweth us not because it new Him not.

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