1 John 4:5

“They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

They are of the world: therefore speake they of the world, and the world heareth them.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

They are from the world; therefore they speak {as} from the world, and the world listens to them.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

They are of the world: therefore speak they `as' of the world, and the world heareth them.
- American Standard Version (1901)

They are of the world, so their talk is the world's talk, and the world gives ear to them.
- Basic English Bible

*They* are of the world; for this reason they speak [as] of the world, and the world hears them.
- Darby Bible

They are of the world: therefore they speak from the world, and the world heareth them.
- Webster's Bible

They are the world's children, and so their language is that of the world, and the world listens to them. We are God's children.
- Weymouth Bible

They are of the world. Therefore they speak of the world, and the world hears them.
- World English Bible

Thei ben of the world, therfor thei speken of the world, and the world herith hem.
- Wycliffe Bible

They -- of the world they are; because of this from the world they speak, and the world doth hear them;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 John 4:5


4:5 They - Those false prophets. Are of the world - Of the number of those that know not God. Therefore speak they of the world - From the same principle, wisdom, spirit; and, of consequence, the world heareth them - With approbation.


People's Bible Notes for 1 John 4:5


1Jo 4:5 They are of the world. The false teachers. They are not of God. The world heareth them because they are of its spirit and speak of it.

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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