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

  • Charl
    The new commandment is not in replacement of the old but in addition to. How wonderful how marvelous
    God loves even me!
  • Wayne
    Ben, the whole reading is to show love to the brethren in physical works. Not just saying I love the brethren but to share with those in need with our abundance. Verse 17 states this. One whose has plenty is to relieve the need of another. To God this is a perfect fit. Before salvation, we are sinners. God is sinless. So we, in our need, ask God for his relieve for our sinfulness.
  • Lu2677
    V. 18; Wholesome words are important. Many people speak words of love but there are no deeds of love. What this does is expose them, they are not in the truth. Jesus is the way the truth and the life.
  • Ben Redding
    Why do you suppose in vs 18 he says both Love not in word and tongue as a word has to come from the tongue?
  • Randy
    People have been taught and are still being taught that 'the flesh' counts for something. It does not. Make no provision for the flesh. Jesus condemned sin in the flesh for us. The veil has been done away in Christ. Whether knowledge of the doctrine of truth is from seeking diligently or is a revelation of God....I don't know. I tend to think it is both. HIS eyes seek someone to bless!
  • Wayne
    So then vv. 6 and 8-9 are correct. So then church people who believe they can sin in the morning and "repent" all night are kind of living with a veil over their eyes, so to speak. They apparently do not want to proceed further into Christ. Or are following a false teacher- leader.