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

  • 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.
  • 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
  • Dan
    God is light 1JN 5 1jn 3:24 And he that keepeth his comandments god dwelleth in him and he in God 1Jn 3:23 And this is his commandment that we believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another as he gave commandment do this and you walk in the light which is god