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

  • Neil.
    "Born"in Greek means planting the seed( father's role) /bear( mother's role). Nicodemus' response to Jesus shows he hears mother's role(John 3:3).Adam knew Eve ,she conceived and brought forth Cain.Jesus response to pseudo believers ,"depart from me, I never knew you" Believers have receivedGod's seed,(begotten) and "cannot sin(1john 3:9)" Tomato seed can't produce potatoes -see Mat15:13 also
  • Wayne
    Therefore the world knoweth us not because it new Him not.
  • Wayne
    Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God.!
  • Wayne
    Let not sin reign in your mortal bodies that you not obey it's lusts.
  • 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.