1 John 3:17

“But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

But who so hath this worlds good, and seeth his brother hath need, and shutteth vp his bowels of compassion from him; how dwelleth the loue of God in him?
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

But whoever has the world's goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him?
- New American Standard Version (1995)

But whoso hath the world's goods, and beholdeth his brother in need, and shutteth up his compassion from him, how doth the love of God abide in him?
- American Standard Version (1901)

But if a man has this world's goods, and sees that his brother is in need, and keeps his heart shut against his brother, how is it possible for the love of God to be in him?
- Basic English Bible

But whoso may have the world's substance, and see his brother having need, and shut up his bowels from him, how abides the love of God in him?
- Darby Bible

But he who hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?
- Webster's Bible

But if any one has this world's wealth and sees that his brother man is in need, and yet hardens his heart against him--how can such a one continue to love God?
- Weymouth Bible

But whoever has the world's goods, and sees his brother in need, and closes his heart of compassion against him, how does the love of God remain in him?
- World English Bible

He that hath the catel of this world, and seeth that his brothir hath nede, and closith his entrailis fro hym, hou dwellith the charite of God in hym?
- Wycliffe Bible

and whoever may have the goods of the world, and may view his brother having need, and may shut up his bowels from him -- how doth the love of God remain in him?
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 John 3:17


3:17 But whoso hath this world's good - Worldly substance, far less valuable than life. And seeth his brother have need - The very sight of want knocks at the door of the spectator's heart. And shutteth up - Whether asked or not. His bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him - Certainly not at all, however he may talk, #1Jo 3:18|, of loving God.


People's Bible Notes for 1 John 3:17


1Jo 3:17 But he who hath this world's goods, etc. If this be true, what shall be said of one who refuses to succor his suffering brother with all his goods?

Discussion for 1 John 3

  • Wayne
    V. 8, He that committeth sin is of the devil, for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested that He might destroy the works of the devil. V. 9, Whosoever is born of God doth not commit.
  • Steve morrow
    1 JOHN 3:22 AND WHATSOEVER WE ASK WE RECEIVE OF HIM --- BECAUSE WE KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS --- AND DO THOSE THINGS WHICH ARE PLEASEING IN HIS SIGHT
  • Steve morrow
    1 JOHN 3:10 IN THIS THE CHILDREN OF GOD ARE MANIFEST AND THE CHILDREN OF THE devil WHOSOEVER DOETH NOT RIGHTEOUSNESS --- IS NOT OF GOD --- NEITHER HE THAT LOVETH NOT HIS BROTHER
  • Wayne
    Baptism, 1 Peter 3:21, does not put away the filth of the flesh, but is an answer of a good conscience toward God. During baptism, if a person is not redeemed, they'll just get wet.
  • Irene123
    Lance - God Bless You for being on here - Acts 2: 38
  • Lance
    38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

    First comes repentance
    Second comes Baptism
    Third comes remission of sins
    Fourth comes the holy spirit

    This is the answer given to the question what must I do to be saved.
    MUST being the key word. Its a command not option.

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