1 John 4:1

“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Beloued, beleeue not euery spirit, but trie the spirits, whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Beloved, believe not every spirit, but prove the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
- American Standard Version (1901)

My loved ones, do not put your faith in every spirit, but put them to the test, to see if they are from God: because a great number of false prophets have gone out into the world.
- Basic English Bible

Beloved, believe not every spirit, but prove the spirits, if they are of God; because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
- Darby Bible

Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
- Webster's Bible

Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but put the spirits to the test to see whether they are from God; for many false teachers have gone out into the world.
- Weymouth Bible

Beloved, don't believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
- World English Bible

Moost dere britheren, nyle ye bileue to ech spirit, but preue ye spiritis, if thei ben of God; for many false prophetis wenten out in to the world.
- Wycliffe Bible

Beloved, every spirit believe not, but prove the spirits, if of God they are, because many false prophets have gone forth to the world;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 John 4:1


4:1 Believe not every spirit - Whereby any teacher is actuated. But try the spirits - By the rule which follows. We are to try all spirits by the written word: To the law and to the testimony! If any man speak not according to these, the spirit which actuates him is not of God.


People's Bible Notes for 1 John 4:1


1Jo 4:1 Trying the Spirits SUMMARY OF I JOHN 4: How to Distinguish the Spirits of Truth and Error. Love a Proof That We Are Born of God. God's Great Love for Us. How We Secure the Indwelling of God. How Love Is Made Perfect. Believe not every spirit. The last chapter has closed concerning the Spirit, but some are moved by other spirits than that of Christ. But try the spirits whether they are of God. Test the spirit that moves teachers and see whether it be of God. 1Jo 4:2 tells how to test. Because many false prophets are gone out into the world. There were many false teachers in that age as well as in ours, and some claimed to be inspired.

Discussion for 1 John 4

  • Richard Martino
    I know that without Jesus in our hearts we are not able to Love, God is love. We love Him because He loved us first 1John4:19
  • Jack Hughes
    What are you talking about ? We should love one another always no matter what the reason is ! God loved us so we should return the same love!
  • MockingBird
    The Love of God is working it's Greatest in me when I am having difficulty in giving the Love of God to them that I know is best for them and Yes , For me !! It profits me to love the unloveable : There was and is still times that I am unloveable and yet , God still shows His love to me . So ought I to show the same kind of Love !!
  • J
    Nice verse, I agree. When the weak don't know what to do, the strong will show them thru the gift our Creator.
  • Karen
    You can love one another and still choose to not put yourself around them...So therefore love even the wicked, but don't hang with em..... Their misbehaving is between them and God. Lead by example
  • Norm
    Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit. Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.

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