1 John 2:4

“He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

He that saith, I knowe him, and keepeth not his commandements, is a lyer, and the trueth is not in him.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

The one who says, "I have come to know Him, and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him;"
- New American Standard Version (1995)

He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him;
- American Standard Version (1901)

The man who says, I have knowledge of him, and does not keep his laws, is false, and there is nothing true in him:
- Basic English Bible

He that says, I know him, and does not keep his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him;
- Darby Bible

He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
- Webster's Bible

He who professes to know Him, and yet does not obey His commands, is a liar, and the truth has no place in his heart.
- Weymouth Bible

One who says, "I know him," and doesn't keep his commandments, is a liar, and the truth isn't in him.
- World English Bible

He that seith that he knowith God, and kepith not hise comaundementis, is a liere, and trewthe is not in hym.
- Wycliffe Bible

he who is saying, `I have known him,' and his command is not keeping, a liar he is, and in him the truth is not;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

People's Bible Notes for 1 John 2:4


1Jo 2:4 He that saith, etc. If one claims to have a saving knowledge of Christ, yet lives in disobedience, his life puts the lie to his words.

Discussion for 1 John 2:4

  • David Hannes for verse 4
    It is should be plain for all to see, that when we love YHWH, we keep his commandments. Sadly, the church, so called, teaches that the commandments are "done away with ". Or as some say, "that stuff is for Jews ". What utter nonsense. The following are just a few supporting scriptures to add to 1John 2:4. Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates of the city. Rev 22:14 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. 1John 2:3 For this is the love of YHWH, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. 1John 5:3 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments and teach men so, and shall teach men so, he shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven: but whoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. Matt 5:19 By lack of study, we have allowed ourselves to be deceived by foolish teachers, making ourselves to be fools.
  • Thokozani Msowoya for verse 4
    We must obey what God commands us to do, John 14:15.
  • Ralph De Jesus for verse 4
    Not everyone that says lord, Lord is born of God. Jesus and his word are the truth, when we believe we must not believe like the devil believes, we must believe obeying his commandments to have the Truth (Jesus) in our hearts. Otherwise we will be under the law with the love of the world in our hearts and not under grace with the love of God in Our hearts..

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