1 John 4:6

“We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

We are of God: hee that knoweth God, heareth vs: he that is not of God heareth not vs, hereby know wee the spirit of trueth, and the spirit of errour.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

We are from God; he who knows God listens to us; he who is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he who is not of God heareth us not. By this we know the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.
- American Standard Version (1901)

We are of God: he who has the knowledge of God gives ear to us; he who is not of God does not give ear to us. By this we may see which is the true spirit, and which is the spirit of error.
- Basic English Bible

*We* are of God; he that knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. From this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.
- Darby Bible

We are of God. He that knoweth God, heareth us; he that is not of God, heareth not us. By this we know the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.
- Webster's Bible

The man who is beginning to know God listens to us, but he who is not a child of God does not listen to us. By this test we can distinguish the Spirit of truth from the spirit of error.
- Weymouth Bible

We are of God. He who knows God listens to us. He who is not of God doesn't listen to us. By this we know the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.
- World English Bible

We ben of God; he that knowith God, herith vs; he that is not of God, herith not vs. In this thing we knowen the spirit of treuthe, and the spirit of errour.
- Wycliffe Bible

we -- of God we are; he who is knowing God doth hear us; he who is not of God, doth not hear us; from this we know the spirit of the truth, and the spirit of the error.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 John 4:6


4:6 We - Apostles. Are of God - Immediately taught, and sent by him. Hereby we know - From what is said, #1Jo 4:2 |- 6.


People's Bible Notes for 1 John 4:6


1Jo 4:6 We are of God. Hence speaks God's message, and those that know God accept the message. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error. By the principles given in 1Jo 4:2-5 we distinguish between the spirit of truth (the Holy Spirit) and that of error.

Discussion for 1 John 4

  • 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 1 john 3:17 BUT WHOSO HATH THIS WORLDS GOOD AND SEETH HIS BROTHER HAVE NEED AND SHUTTETH UP HIS BOWELS OF COMPASSION FROM HIM HOW DWELLETH THE LOVE OF GOD IN HIM ---- 1 JOHN 5:2 BY THIS WE KNOW THAT WE LOVE THE CHILDREN OF GOD WHEN WE LOVE GOD AND KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS ---- 1 JOHN 2:10 HE THAT LOVETH HIS BROTHER ABIDETH IN THE LIGHT AND THERE IS NONE OCASSION OF STUMBLING IN HIM ---- 2 CORINTHIANS 4:3 BUT IF OUR GOSPEL BE HID IT IS HID TO THEM THAT ARE LOST 4:4 IN WHOM THE GOD OF THIS WORLD HATH BLINDED THE MINDS OF THEM WHICH BELIEVE NOT LEST --- THE LIGHT --- OF THE GLORIOUS GOSPEL OF CHRIST WHO IS --- THE IMAGE OF GOD --- SHOULD SHINE UNTO THEM PSALM 119:130 THE ENTRANCE OF THY WORDS GIVETH LIGHT IT GIVETH UNDERSTANDING UNTO THE SIMPLE 1 JOHN 5:20 AND WE KNOW THAT THE SON OF GOD IS COME AND HATH GIVEN US AN UNDERSTANDING THAT WE MAY KNOW HIM THAT IS TRUE AND WE ARE IN HIM THAT IS TRUE EVEN IN HIS SON JESUS CHRIST THIS IS THE TRUE GOD AND ETERNAL LIFE
  • Doubtful Thomas
    John 20:24-29 But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came.25The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.26And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you.27Then saith he to Thomas,Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands and reach hither thy hand, and thrust itinto my side: and be not faithless, but believing.28And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.29Jesus saith unto him,Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.
  • Diane
    Of course it's true that no one has "seen" God. Moses and Elijah came closest to "seeing" God
  • BSp
    No man has seen God face to face. This scripture confirms that fact.
  • Lilian
    No man hath seen God at anytime if we love one another God dwelleth in us and his love perfected in us. Thank you Jesus for your word forgive me Jesus that sometimes my spirit is weak you gave me strength help me Lord to be born again in spirit all the days of my life i already forgive those who trespass against me thank you Lord for your love and mercy i will praise you forever amen
  • Steve morrow
    1 JOHN 4:17 HEREIN IS OUR LOVE MADE PERFECT THAT WE MAY HAVE BOLDNESS IN THE DAY OF JUDGEMENT BECAUSE AS HE IS SO ARE WE IN THIS WORLD 1 PETER 4:1 FORASMUCH THEN AS CHRIST HATH SUFFERED FOR US IN THE FLESH ARM YOURSELVES LIKEWISE WITH THE SAME MIND FOR HE THAT HAT SUFFERED IN THE FLESH HATH CEASED FROM SIN 2 THAT HE NO LONGER SHOULD LIVE THE REST OF HIS TIME IN THE FLESH TO THE LUSTS OF MEN ......

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