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
    He that committeth sin is of the devil. For the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested that He might destroy the works of the devil. He that doth not commit sin is born of God. For His seed remaineth in Him and he cannot sin because he is born of God. Vv. 8-9.

  • Wayne
    Let not sin reign in your mortal bodies that you not obey it's lusts.
  • Wayne
    Whosoever abideth in Him sinneth not. Whosoever sinneth hath not seen Him, neither known Him. Pretty clear. Plain English. He that committeth sin is of the devil. It's in The Holy Bible.
  • Arjie
    The bible is teaching us that once we accepted JESUS CHRIST as our personal LORD and SAVIOUR what took place is we become reconciled, redeemed and born again that means our souls is sealed by the HOLY SPIRIT of promised in Eph 1:13 - That is why we cannot sin spiritually but does not mean we cannot commit sin physically. We are still capable to commit sin. IF we pursue we could never take pleasure
  • Paul Okoro
    The word of God is so clear about what true holiness and righteousness really is. As we are clearly thought in these verses, the true children of God are those that are practicing both righteousness and love at the same time.But unfortunately many bible teachers and preachers have always emphasized righteouness without love. Some others emphasize love without righteousness. These are wrong teachings that can't guaranty entrance to heaven for anyone. To be able to see God and our lord Jesus at the end of time, we must practice the type of righteousness that goes with love.
  • 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.

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