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

  • 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
  • Dan
    as he is so are we in this word 1 jn 4: - 17 1 jn 3: -3 he is pure 1 jn 3: -2 we will be like him pure because of our faith heb 11: 1 faith is the substance of things hoped for the evidence of things not seen he that has this hope in him faith purefies himself as he is pure
  • Wayne
    John is addressing this letter to the sons of God, who he calls beloved vv.1-2. Urging them to purify themselves in Christ. According to their hope in Christ. In purifying themselves, and walking in Christ's power, they will know, in their hearts, they are right with God. No condemnation.
  • Bro William
    ...Unless your heart is deceitful and desperately wicked. "Wherein have I sinned?" There is condemnation of those who walk in darkness who say they know God according to their senses. Although their heart condemns them not. LORD, LORD! OPEN UNTO US! "DEPART FROM ME INTO EVERLASTING DARKNESS, "where the worm dieth not and the fire is not quenched, where there is wailing and gnashing of teeth".
  • Wayne
    And v. 21. If our heart doesnt condemn us, then we have confidence toward God. Isn't that great!!!
  • BSP
    Verse 20 shows that no matter what we feel about ourselves, God is greater than our hearts and knows all things.