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1 John 3:20

“For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For if our heart condemne vs, God is greater then our heart, and knoweth all things.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

in whatever our heart condemns us; for God is greater than our heart and knows all things.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

because if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.
- American Standard Version (1901)

When our heart says that we have done wrong; because God is greater than our heart, and has knowledge of all things.
- Basic English Bible

that if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart and knows all things.
- Darby Bible

For if our heart condemneth us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.
- Webster's Bible

in whatever matters our hearts condemn us--because God is greater than our hearts and knows everything.
- Weymouth Bible

because if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things.
- World English Bible

For if oure herte repreueth vs, God is more than oure hert, and knowith alle thingis.
- Wycliffe Bible

because if our heart may condemn -- because greater is God than our heart, and He doth know all things.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 John 3:20

3:20 For if we have not this testimony, if in anything our heart, our own conscience, condemn us, much more does God, who is greater than our heart - An infinitely holier and a more impartial Judge. And knoweth all things - So that there is no hope of hiding it from him.

People's Bible Notes for 1 John 3:20

1Jo 3:20 For if our heart condemn us. If we have a troubled conscience because we have not kept the law of love, God is greater than our heart. God, who is greater and whose condemnation is a far more serious affair, and knoweth all things and seeth our failure in duty.

Discussion for 1 John 3

  • Behold the Lamb of God
    What sin? Men do not take away sin. It takes blood. Jesus takes away sin. The Saved had their sins taken away and are free from the law of sin and death. Sin is a transgression of law. SO by which law will you call sin? No man is justified by law in the sight of God, un fact it made all guilty who were under it needing Jesus. What makes us think anyone will be justified if we measure them by it? Again,which law? Galatians 5:18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. ---No higher law. Romans 8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. Sin? You've got to be kidding me if you're calling sin on the saved. They are "IN HIM". 1 John 3:5 And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins and in him is no sin. Thank you Jesus.
  • M.O.G
    The comments that i have read seem to all speak of the passages of scripture about Love, which is GREAT! but lets not neglect the verses that deal with Sin. We use the excuse that were not perfect to much. But these scriptures don't say whether your perfect or not to not sin. They stress the point not too and to purify ourselves from sin. Which is a process but not an excuse for sinning willfully. Vs.6 should cause us to strive more to be like Jesus so we can say we know Him. Vs.9 speaks volumes to me and should everyone in Christ. Let our Love for Christ and others cause US to walk upright till His return. Let's talk about all that the chapter discusses to not omit any of the Word. God Bless
    The word LOVE is better spelt and pronounced when it is backed up with action just like our LORD savior JESUS CHRIST did on the cross of Calvary for every mankind. Let every child of God try to emulate Him and show LOVE in like manner to our fellow human beings.
  • MockingBird for verse 16
    I also believe that God is saying here that we ought to lay our lives down : take up His cross and follow Jesus : Greater works than these shall ye do : meaning , more of the same : because I go to my Father and yours : His commandments are not greveious :We can do what God says for us to do because He left Holy Spirit within us to help us !!! Praise God !!!
  • Lilian
    Amen...We have to obey God's words and his commandments for God is our God who saves us and gave his life for us so that we may have life in abundance. This is our only God we served thru Jesus Christ. Thank you Lord Jesus for your blood that shed for us. Your precious blood are more than enough to forgive and washed our sins. By your blood we have life..Praised you Lord forever for you are worthy to be praised. Amen
  • BEhold the Lamb of God
    John madden? Behold the Lamb of God. See what He makes you in this next verse. Only He does that! Not us. And when He does you are FREE FROM SIN. Note who "made" us that and thank HIM. MADE! The "end" is written which means non negotiable for those MADE this. This information was written to them. FAITH is never doubt. BEHOLD the LAMB as John instructed, He was sent to bear witness to the true light and what did he say the Lamb does? See your end if reborn: ...Romans 6:22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.

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