1 John 5:4

“For whatsoeuer is borne of God, ouercommeth the world, and this is the victorie that ouercommeth the world, euen our faith.”

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Other Translations

For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, [even] our faith.
- King James Version

For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world--our faith.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

For whatsoever is begotten of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that hath overcome the world, `even' our faith.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Anything which comes from God is able to overcome the world: and the power by which we have overcome the world is our faith.
- Basic English Bible

For all that has been begotten of God gets the victory over the world; and this is the victory which has gotten the victory over the world, our faith.
- Darby Bible

For whatever is born of God, overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.
- Webster's Bible

For every child of God overcomes the world; and the victorious principle which has overcome the world is our faith.
- Weymouth Bible

For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world: your faith.
- World English Bible

For al thing that is borun of God, ouercometh the world; and this is the victorie that ouercometh the world, oure feith.
- Wycliffe Bible

because every one who is begotten of God doth overcome the world, and this is the victory that did overcome the world -- our faith;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 John 5:4


5:4 For whatsoever - This expression implies the most unlimited universality. Is born of God overcometh the world - Conquers whatever it can lay in the way, either to allure or fright the children of God from keeping his commandments. And this is the victory - The grand means of overcoming. Even our faith - Seeing all things are possible to him that believeth.


People's Bible Notes for 1 John 5:4


1Jo 5:4 For whatsoever is born of God. All who are born again, and have the new life, overcometh the world, in the sense that they do not love it and obey its dictates. The victory that overcometh the world, [even] our faith. The source of victorious power. As faith gains in strength the world loses its power.

Discussion for 1 John 5

  • Wayne
    Same as Matt. 28:19, the words of the Lord, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
  • Karl Gaines
    It is verse 7 that I am most interested in because as a believer that is monotheistic and I agree that the 3 that bear witness record in Heaven is 1 God, the Word is what John 1: 14 refers to when stating that the Word became flesh Jesus human man Immanuel. For Christ was fully God The Word fully man Jesus . Please comment correct if statement is in error. Thank you may God bless you
  • Wayne
    Eternal life is to know the Father and Son. John: 17:3.
  • BSP
    We only have the privilege for eternal life by means of God's son Jesus.
  • Kotka
    So good to know that Gods love, grace, and mercy will allow us eternal life through Christ Jesus who strengthens us.
  • Eric
    Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? And they fell upon their faces, and said, O God, the God of the spirits of all flesh, shall one man sin, and wilt thou be wroth with all the congregation? O thou that hearest prayer, unto thee shall all flesh come. My mouth shall speak the praise of the LORD: and let all flesh bless his holy name for ever and ever. And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh. Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me? Be silent, O all flesh, before the LORD: for he is raised up out of his holy habitation. These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me for they are thine. While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition that the scripture might be fulfilled. And all flesh shall see the salvation of God. And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.

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