1 John 5:12

“He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Hee that hath the Sonne, hath life; and hee that hath not the Sonne, hath not life.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

He that hath the Son hath the life; he that hath not the Son of God hath not the life.
- American Standard Version (1901)

He who has the Son has the life; he who has not the Son of God has not the life.
- Basic English Bible

He that has the Son has life: he that has not the Son of God has not life.
- Darby Bible

He that hath the Son, hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God, hath not life.
- Webster's Bible

He who has the Son has the Life: he who has not the Son of God has not the Life.
- Weymouth Bible

He who has the Son has the life. He who doesn't have God's Son doesn't have the life.
- World English Bible

He that hath the sone of God, hath also lijf; he that hath not the sone of God, hath not lijf.
- Wycliffe Bible

he who is having the Son, hath the life; he who is not having the Son of God -- the life he hath not.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 John 5:12


5:12 It plainly follows, he that hath the Son - Living and reigning in him by faith. Hath this life; he that hath not the Son of God hath not this life - Hath no part or lot therein. In the former clause, the apostle says simply, the Son; because believers know him: in the latter, the Son of God; that unbelievers may know how great a blessing they fall short of.


People's Bible Notes for 1 John 5:12


1Jo 5:12 He that hath the Son hath life. We lay hold of the Son by faith in him and thus come to life.

Discussion for 1 John 5

  • A disciple
    (14-16) We know from other places in the Gospels where Jesus said that whatever we desire when we pray, believe that we receive and we shall have them. But this part, I think, has to do specifically with the business of souls; and in the same area as having charge of the keys of the kingdom, to bind or loose in Jesus' name; and to pronounce forgiveness and remission, or that the sin is retained.
  • A disciple
    "..By water and blood.. and it is the Spirit that bears witness.." There can be no cleansing from filth without the water; and there must be blood to make atonement; and the Spirit confirms either good or bad according to truth. Truth witnesses the appearance of the Son of God in the flesh as complete with respect to the ruin of man by sin, by the slaughter on Golgotha; and God's mercy glorified.
  • Steve morrow
    1 JOHN 5:3 FOR THIS IS THE LOVE OF GOD THAT WE KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS AND HIS COMMANDMENTS ARE NOT GREIVOUS JOHN 15:5 I AM THE VINE YOU ARE THE BRANCHES HE THAT ABIDETH IN ME AND I IN HIM THE SAME BRINGETH FORTH MUCH FRUIT --- FOR WITHOUT ME YOU CAN DO NOTHING ---
  • Mikey
    5:19 helps us to identify who the ruler of the world is. Who is “the wicked one”? Satan the Devil.
  • Lilian
    This is the confidence that we have in him that if we ask according to his will he heareth us Thank you Jesus i believe your words Father you have given us an explosive blessing a beautiful Son i will praise you Jesus forever and will obey your words Lord. Help us to be born again every moment of my life Amen
  • BSP
    We must have confidence or faith that when we pray to God he is going to answer our prayers as long as they are in harmony with His will.