1 John 4:1

“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Beloued, beleeue not euery spirit, but trie the spirits, whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Beloved, believe not every spirit, but prove the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
- American Standard Version (1901)

My loved ones, do not put your faith in every spirit, but put them to the test, to see if they are from God: because a great number of false prophets have gone out into the world.
- Basic English Bible

Beloved, believe not every spirit, but prove the spirits, if they are of God; because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
- Darby Bible

Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
- Webster's Bible

Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but put the spirits to the test to see whether they are from God; for many false teachers have gone out into the world.
- Weymouth Bible

Beloved, don't believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
- World English Bible

Moost dere britheren, nyle ye bileue to ech spirit, but preue ye spiritis, if thei ben of God; for many false prophetis wenten out in to the world.
- Wycliffe Bible

Beloved, every spirit believe not, but prove the spirits, if of God they are, because many false prophets have gone forth to the world;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 John 4:1


4:1 Believe not every spirit - Whereby any teacher is actuated. But try the spirits - By the rule which follows. We are to try all spirits by the written word: To the law and to the testimony! If any man speak not according to these, the spirit which actuates him is not of God.


People's Bible Notes for 1 John 4:1


1Jo 4:1 Trying the Spirits SUMMARY OF I JOHN 4: How to Distinguish the Spirits of Truth and Error. Love a Proof That We Are Born of God. God's Great Love for Us. How We Secure the Indwelling of God. How Love Is Made Perfect. Believe not every spirit. The last chapter has closed concerning the Spirit, but some are moved by other spirits than that of Christ. But try the spirits whether they are of God. Test the spirit that moves teachers and see whether it be of God. 1Jo 4:2 tells how to test. Because many false prophets are gone out into the world. There were many false teachers in that age as well as in ours, and some claimed to be inspired.

Discussion for 1 John 4

  • Steve morrow
    1 CORINTHIANS 15:28 AND WHEN ALL THINGS SHALL BE SUBDUED UNTO HIM THEN SHALL THE SON --- ALSO HIMSELF BE SUBJECT --- UNTO HIM THAT PUT ALL THINGS UNDER HIM --- THAT GOD MAY BE ALL IN ALL
  • Sherrell shepard
    Dont agree with angies comment, they know Jesus came in the flesh as Jesus, but do they know he was and is God himself when he came. Also the other comment about as long as they believe that Jesus came in the flesh is of God no matter thier religious belief. Budda cant believe this and others like him cannot believe what they believe and believe that Jesus is God i strongly disagree.
  • Sherrell shepard
    I Dont agree with Angie's comment, they know Jesus came in the flesh as Jesus, but do they know he was and is God himself when he came
  • Jerome
    Knowing that greater is HE that is in me bring a sense of power in my life. It means that I am one with GOD and Jesus thru the Holy Spirit.
  • Brenda
    2 Chronicles 7:14 - If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, and forgive their sins, and heal their land.
  • Lu2677
    Fredscanlan,You ask"where is this love he speaks of?" answer is in His Word.Romans 11:36"For of him, and through him, and to him are all things, to whom be glory forever." ALL THINGS. Ecc.8:5, Ecc.9:3, Luke 6:45, etc.Seek God He is Love!
    After he saved me this is one of the 1st verse that he gave me understanding of,Romans 11:36. And Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Amen

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