1 John 3:20

“For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For if our heart condemne vs, God is greater then our heart, and knoweth all things.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

in whatever our heart condemns us; for God is greater than our heart and knows all things.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

because if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.
- American Standard Version (1901)

When our heart says that we have done wrong; because God is greater than our heart, and has knowledge of all things.
- Basic English Bible

that if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart and knows all things.
- Darby Bible

For if our heart condemneth us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.
- Webster's Bible

in whatever matters our hearts condemn us--because God is greater than our hearts and knows everything.
- Weymouth Bible

because if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things.
- World English Bible

For if oure herte repreueth vs, God is more than oure hert, and knowith alle thingis.
- Wycliffe Bible

because if our heart may condemn -- because greater is God than our heart, and He doth know all things.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 John 3:20


3:20 For if we have not this testimony, if in anything our heart, our own conscience, condemn us, much more does God, who is greater than our heart - An infinitely holier and a more impartial Judge. And knoweth all things - So that there is no hope of hiding it from him.


People's Bible Notes for 1 John 3:20


1Jo 3:20 For if our heart condemn us. If we have a troubled conscience because we have not kept the law of love, God is greater than our heart. God, who is greater and whose condemnation is a far more serious affair, and knoweth all things and seeth our failure in duty.

Discussion for 1 John 3

  • Fred scanlan
    John 3:16 For God so loved the world,that WHOSOEVER believes should not PERISH but has everlasting LIFE! There is indeed an ACT of RECEIVING, BELIEVING, TRUSTING, his word. In the beginning was the WORD. GOD created LIFE with HIS WORD.
  • Sylvia
    Romans 10:9,- That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. (Titus 3:5) Not by works of rightousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit.
  • A disciple
    Dear Vicki; I have to address part of what you wrote. You said, "..That may RESULT in changed behavior but it s not changed behavior that saves. See Ephesians 2:8-9." But you have to complete the sentence! "..For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them." If we don't show a good result and proof of Grace, we perish!
  • A disciple
    Dear Vicki; There will be MANY who are left standing OUTSIDE and UNABLE TO ENTER; because THEY DID NOT DO WHAT JESUS HAS COMMANDED US! It is a false teaching that will damn the souls of those who believe it; that says, because salvation is a gift we somehow have nothing to do! EVERYTHING that Jesus taught is that we must DO whatever He says if we hope at all to be saved!Mt. 5:16; 7:13-27; 21:28-31
  • Vicki
    Son of David, would you by chance be Catholic? I know they don t believe we can know we re saved until we die and that is false and directly contradicts Scripture. See 1 John 5:13. Salvation is a gift, we do not earn it by how we live. We receive it as a gift by faith in Christ. That may RESULT in changed behavior but it s not changed behavior that saves. See Ephesians 2:8-9.
  • Navin kumar Erpulla
    My beloved, i was having a torrid time in my work place, i dont blame my boss but my heart started condemning my self or the situation is against me. I have decided i will not complain this year. This scripture has given me some light on what God thinks about me and not what my heart thinks about me. In Christ Navin