1 John 5:19

And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickednesse.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

We know that we are of God, and that the whole world lies in {the power of} the evil one.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

We know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in the evil one.
- American Standard Version (1901)

We are certain that we are of God, but all the world is in the power of the Evil One.
- Basic English Bible

We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies in the wicked [one].
- Darby Bible

And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness.
- Webster's Bible

We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world lies in the power of the Evil one.
- Weymouth Bible

We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.
- World English Bible

We witen, that we ben of God, and al the world is set in yuel.
- Wycliffe Bible

we have known that of God we are, and the whole world in the evil doth lie;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 John 5:19


5:19 We know that we are children of God - By the witness and the fruit of his Spirit, #1John 3:24|. But the whole world - All who have not his Spirit, not only is touched by him, but by idolatry, fraud, violence lasciviousness, impiety, all manner of wickedness. Lieth in the wicked one - Void of life, void of sense. In this short expression the horrible state of the world is painted in the most lively colours; a comment on which we have in the actions, conversations, contracts, quarrels, and friendships of worldly men.


People's Bible Notes for 1 John 5:19


1Jo 5:19 We know that we are of God. The church is God's temple in which he dwells, and around it the world of wickedness.

Discussion for 1 John 5:19

  • Surender for verse 19
    According to I JOHN 5:17,What type of sin that will not lead to the death?. Do anybody clarify my doubt
  • Evang. Preston Wealth for verse 19
    Even though we are of God we must take notice that this world is not a friendly place as it is full of evil and wicked acts which is the work of satan
  • We can tell that the whole world is lying in the power of the wicked one Satan. The wars, crime, cruelty, oppression, dishonesty, and immorality that are so rampant today give evidence of Satanís, not Godís, influence.
  • This verse shows how powerful of a hold that the wicked one, Satan, has on the entire world. When we see the vile and satanic things that happen in the world, this scripture definitely comes to be more clearly understood. That is one reason that we have to fight against being a part of this wicked world by not imitating its attitude, actions, or speech in our own lives.

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