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

  • Wayne
    If our heart condemns us God is greater than our heart and knoweth all things. If our heart condemns us not, then we have confidence toward God. vv 20-21.
  • Wayne
    Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin, for His seed remaineth in Him and he cannot sin because he is born of God. In this the children of God are manifest and the children of the devil.
  • Michael C.
    Written probably from Ephesus about 96 AD; John the Apostle by that time, was a very deeply taught, well refined and mature man of God; mightily filled with the Holy Spirit, and his words full of the expression of God's thoughts, and not one of them falling to the ground. We should long to know the Lord like John did, and like all our heroes in the Bible. We are, after all, who they wrote for!
  • Librarygal143
    Amen, and thank you, Jesus.
  • BSP
    No matter what our hearts condemn us in, God is greater than our feelings and our hearts.
  • Lilian
    For God is love no condemnations if we abide Jesus and his words into our hearts thru his words he purifies our hearts coz even his own words are pure and purifies 7 times. No one is greater on this earth its only Jesus by his blood he destroy the works of the defeated devil. It is his will to save us, bless us and heal us.Jesus hears our prayers and answers when we praise him and worship him amen

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