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

  • Lilian
    First we need to accept Jesus Christ in our life and love him trust him with all our heart. BELIEVE THAT JESUS CHRIST IS THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD. I WILL PRAISE HIM AND THANKED HIS BLOOD FOREVER. GOD HIMSELF WILL EMPART HIS LOVE AND FAITH TO US COZ THIS THE GIFT TO THOSE WHO DILIGENTLY SEEKING HIM. IF WE LOVE GOD AND OBEY HIS WORDS THEN WE CAN OVERCOME THE FEAR AND TURN INTO PERFECT LOVE. AMEN
  • Joshua
    Jesus Christ IS COME in the flesh.
  • Norm
    Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee: As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him.
  • Stephen F. Zielski
    Our Heavenly Abba Dad and God Almighty Yahwehs Holy Word is simply to understand if you let the Word itself speak to you. We must all come back to the integrity of the Holy Word in and of itself in which men a.k.a religion have done to it. Apocalypse/Apokalypsis- Things that are hidden secret/reveal/disclosure. Restoration is come. Glory to God through Christ our Blessed Lord Amen and Amen.
  • Stephen F. Zielski
    Christ Yeshua Jesus had Truly come in the flesh, died on the cross, buried, God raised Him up from the dead on the third day and He walked the earth for forty days and rose up unto Heaven, Glorfied and seated at Abba Dad Gods Right Hand and Lives, Reigns and maketh intersession for all His Holy Saints until all is fulfilled in this end of the age of the gentiles, unto the Gathering up Glory to God
  • Brother William
    If we love one another as children of God then we know we have passed from death unto life. But if we say we know God and walk in darkness, we lie as children of darkness. There is a difference between the holy and the profane. God is not mocked.

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