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

  • Anna Hall
    Great and I love this app
  • John
    Is the Bible Trivia geared to children? God Bless you, and thank you for the beautiful presentation of The Word of GOD. Thank you very much.
  • Dio
    The bright and morning star says we should love one another like we love ourselves. In this case , we will not in any way enjoy to hurt our brother or sister considering that we hurt our very self suppose we we love brother or sister as ourselves.
  • Bernadette
    I think that we are fortunate that a King died for us on Calvary's cross because of his love for us, not our love for him but his for us. So we aught to have that unconditional love for our fellowman because if we do not love our brother we cannot love God. I thank God for His Perfect Love. Also we should shine a light so that men may see and glorify God.
  • MockingBird
    If I have a love for the people that are not in with God's people , then there is something wrong with me. I that is born of God will love God's people for I am one of them. Sometimes it is hard to love one of my own , BUT that is when I am to express God's love more. As with my own natural bor. sis. It is sometimes hard to love them to. BUT if I want a fellowship with my heavenly Father then I will love both my natural and spiritual brothers and sisters. My love in this way shows a reflection of my love for God and my Lord Jesus Christ !!!! Let us love one another !!
  • Happy nkuagae
    We had been made clear by our Father that we are God's children and our God is Love so,every single day when we wake up we must know that God love us so much and if we can understand that we will love anyone on planet earth.I give thanks for this wonderful Word from 1john4 in Jesus name Amen.

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