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

  • Billy Ray
    1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. Fear is an emotion straight for the evil one. God is love. God will give us the courage to resist the evil one
  • A disciple
    "They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world hears them. We are of God: he that knows God hears us; he that is not of God hears not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error." With profound depth and maturity in the Spirit, John affirms to us our authority in the Glad Tidings; and that WE are the face of God before the world. (1 Corinthians 6:2)!!!
  • Bruce
    Fred: The only way to know is with The Spirit living within your Heart. This happens when you're Born-again:You fell a tug in your Heart,The Lord telling you You need Him. Ask Forgiveness. You will be Washed by His Blood. Baptized with The Holy Ghost. You will be New,Changed,you will know, Impossible not too! John 6:44, 1John 1:9, Revelation 1:5, Mark1:8
  • 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
  • Fredscanlan
    Why is my spirit not able to grasp this thing john speaks of? John was with the Christ, He experienced the relationship, he saw the Christ! Why ,why ,why is this so hard for me to understand? This Love he speaks of. How will i never Know it? Since my youth, Where is this Love he speaks of?

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