1 John 5:21

“Little children, keepe your selues from Idoles. Amen.”

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Other Translations

Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.
- King James Version

Little children, guard yourselves from idols.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

`My' little children, guard yourselves from idols.
- American Standard Version (1901)

My little children, keep yourselves from false gods.
- Basic English Bible

Children, keep yourselves from idols.
- Darby Bible

Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.
- Webster's Bible

Dear children, guard yourselves from idols.
- Weymouth Bible

Little children, keep yourselves from idols.
- World English Bible

This is veri God, and euerlastynge lijf. My litle sones, kepe ye you fro maumetis.
- Wycliffe Bible

Little children, guard yourselves from the idols! Amen.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 John 5:21


5:21 Keep yourselves from idols - From all worship of false gods, from all worship of images or of any creature, and from every inward idol; from loving, desiring, fearing anything more than God. Seek all help and defence from evil, all happiness in the true God alone.


People's Bible Notes for 1 John 5:21


1Jo 5:21 Keep yourselves from idols. Flee from idolatry, the besetting sin of that age. So too we need to flee from the idols of our age. Whatever takes our worship from God is an idol. NOTE.--SIN IN THE FIRST EPISTLE OF JOHN. A comparison of passages will show that an extreme and false doctrine might be reached by pressing one class to the exclusion of another class. I give a list: I. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves (1Jo 1:8). If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins (1Jo 1:9).If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar (1Jo 1:10). These things I write to you, that ye sin not (1Jo 2:1). If any man sinneth ("man" is not in the Greek), we have an Advocate with the Father (1Jo 2:1). If any man shall see his brother sin a sin [which is] not to death (1Jo 5:16). There is a sin not to death (1Jo 5:17). These passages all refer to Christians; they teach their liability to sin; show how they may obtain pardon, and show how also they should labor to save an erring brother. One the other hand, there is another class which teaches that the Christian is freed from sin. II. The blood of Jesus his Son cleanseth from all sin (1Jo 1:7). Whoever abideth in him sinneth not (1Jo 3:6). He cannot sin because he is born of God (1Jo 3:9). Whoever is born of God sinneth not (1Jo 5:18). If this second class of passages was alone considered, they would teach apparently the absolute holiness of the saint. The two classes are to be interpreted in the light of each other. They teach that the germ of sin, dormant, perhaps, remains in us as long as we are in the flesh. "The flesh lusteth against the Spirit" (Ga 5:17). We "may be overtaken in a fault", the dormant germ waken, and we be betrayed into sin for the moment (Ga 6:1). The sin is due to the temporary revival of the old nature. The new nature, the spiritual being born of the new birth, is not disposed to sin, and will be destroyed if the sin is willful and continued. One born of God cannot engage in willful sin. Nor can he who abides in Christ. He who becomes a willful sinner does not abide in Christ, nor remains a child of God.

Discussion for 1 John 5

  • No one cares
    The bible tells us that we should know a tree by the fruit that it bares.......an apple tree will not bare bare figs and an orange tree will not bare apples. A man cannot serve two gods. Therefore a sinner pretending to be a Saint is still a sinner.
  • EARL WRIGHT
    NO YOU CAN NOT SERVE TWO MASTERS,MATT;6;24 ONLY TO SPIRITS ON THIS EARTH,BOTH CAN NOT BE IN YOU AT THE SAME TIME, WHEN YOU SIN SATIN ENTER YOUR BODY,IF YOU REPENT,THE HOLY SPIRIT CAN RE-ENTER. YOUR BODY IS A TEMPLE FOR GODS SPIRIT;1-COR;;AND 6;19..2-COR;5;17-WE ARE A NEW CREATION,THIS HAPPEN AT YOUR BAPTISM; 1-COR;15;22;THE GREEK WORD FOR BAPTISM IS BURIAL(SOMETHING DIED THE FLESH;NO MORE SPACE TO
  • Wayne
    How does Baptist theology and vv 18-19 relate? Can one be godly and a sinner at the same time? Can one be a sinning saint? Can one be " dead to sin" and still partake of ungodliness? Just wondering.
  • Jack
    does verse 15 talking about you can fall from grace and in that condition lose salvastion if not what does it mean
  • Ron Rhumb
    This is an excellent book to help all Gods children understand his wonderful nature that the kenites would like to continue to hide from us.
    Don't be beguiled by them.
    Study to show yourself approved!
    Let God know you love him.
  • Lu2677
    Rose Anne Enriquez, It is not a sin to drink wine. It is a sin to be addicted to strong drink, and drunkeness.
    1 Timothy 5:23, Romans 14:21, Ephesians 5:18, Psalms 4:17, John 4:46, etc.
    There are many verses where God instructed some people not to drink wine.
    If you put the word wine in the "search words or verses" box you can read all verses the include the word wine.

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