1 John 4:4

“Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Ye are of God, little children, and haue ouercome them: because greater is he that is in you, then he that is in the world.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Ye are of God, `my' little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world.
- American Standard Version (1901)

You are of God, my little children, and you have overcome them because he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
- Basic English Bible

*Ye* are of God, children, and have overcome them, because greater is he that [is] in you than he that [is] in the world.
- Darby Bible

Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
- Webster's Bible

As for you, dear children, you are God's children, and have successfully resisted them; for greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.
- Weymouth Bible

You are of God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is he who is in you than he who is in the world.
- World English Bible

Ye, litle sones, ben of God, and ye han ouercome hym; for he that is in you is more, than he that is in the world.
- Wycliffe Bible

Ye -- of God ye are, little children, and ye have overcome them; because greater is He who [is] in you, than he who is in the world.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 John 4:4


4:4 Ye have overcome these seducers, because greater is the Spirit of Christ that is in you than the spirit of antichrist that is in the world.


People's Bible Notes for 1 John 4:4


1Jo 4:4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them. The saints had overcome these false prophets, but they were of God, because greater is he that is in you, and the Spirit in them was mightier than he that is in the world, than the evil spirit, that of the prince of the world, which was in the false prophets.

Discussion for 1 John 4

  • Kay reeves
    Jesus is the only one that will be sitting at the right hand of the Father.He is speaking to those who hold that men cannot live victorious over the world, flesh,and the devil.Ref.James 4:4 is speaking of some of this.He definitely wasn't speaking of Himself.As you live so are you in this world.You need to study the chpt. 4:11-17
  • 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
  • J
    Nice verse, I agree. When the weak don't know what to do, the strong will show them thru the gift our Creator.
  • 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.
  • Cesar
    JN 1:4 In him (God) was life.
    1JN 5:11 ,that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
    JN 14:6 I am the way, the truth, and the life, no man cometh onto the Father but by me
    JN 20:31 But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God: and that believing ye might have life through his name (Jesus Christ).
    1JN 5:5 Jesus is the Son of God
  • BSP
    Verse 19 shows that God took the initiative in showing love by giving the life of Jesus in our behalf. Love does not originate with men and our love for God is really in response to His love for us.