1 John 5:4

“For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For whatsoeuer is borne of God, ouercommeth the world, and this is the victorie that ouercommeth the world, euen our faith.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world--our faith.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

For whatsoever is begotten of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that hath overcome the world, `even' our faith.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Anything which comes from God is able to overcome the world: and the power by which we have overcome the world is our faith.
- Basic English Bible

For all that has been begotten of God gets the victory over the world; and this is the victory which has gotten the victory over the world, our faith.
- Darby Bible

For whatever is born of God, overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.
- Webster's Bible

For every child of God overcomes the world; and the victorious principle which has overcome the world is our faith.
- Weymouth Bible

For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world: your faith.
- World English Bible

For al thing that is borun of God, ouercometh the world; and this is the victorie that ouercometh the world, oure feith.
- Wycliffe Bible

because every one who is begotten of God doth overcome the world, and this is the victory that did overcome the world -- our faith;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 John 5:4


5:4 For whatsoever - This expression implies the most unlimited universality. Is born of God overcometh the world - Conquers whatever it can lay in the way, either to allure or fright the children of God from keeping his commandments. And this is the victory - The grand means of overcoming. Even our faith - Seeing all things are possible to him that believeth.


People's Bible Notes for 1 John 5:4


1Jo 5:4 For whatsoever is born of God. All who are born again, and have the new life, overcometh the world, in the sense that they do not love it and obey its dictates. The victory that overcometh the world, [even] our faith. The source of victorious power. As faith gains in strength the world loses its power.

Discussion for 1 John 5:4

  • Emmanuel for verse 4
    It was so interesting.
  • Trinity adwoa kwofie for verse 4
    for he says in all things we are more than conquerors and we should fear not even as little children new born's in christ for we have overcome the world.the moment we receive Jesus Christ into our lives, we overcome the world and when our faith is added we become more than conquerors even before the enemy plans.
  • MockingBird for verse 4
    I am a born again child of the living God : He is my heavenly Father : Though Faith I stand : I must act on that Faith that God has given to me otherwise I will not overcome the world : Be of Good courage : God will strengthen your heart : I have the victory , even when I don't look or feel like it as long as I walk by Faith : Faith pleases God : When His children are walking in Faith : HE RESPONDS !!!! Victory !!!
  • Matthew for verse 4
    The analyses mentioned are very good but none speak about the wording of the passage, in particular the use of the word 'whatsoever' which denotes anything ranging from human beings to animals. Could someone shed a little light on the usage of the word please?
  • Hiebert says, The new birth gives the believer the potential of victory, but the realization of actual victory depends on our active exercise of faith. 1 Every born again believer has the provision to be an overcomer, but he must choose to appropriate the provision in order to be victorious. Overcomer is not a status automatically conferred upon all children of God. John is certainly not suggesting that all believers are overcomers and, therefore, worthy of receiving the rewards promised in Revelation. On the contrary, he is saying that all believers have equal opportunity to be victorious because of the new birth.
  • Glad Praise for verse 4
    God Has Given Us All Power To Overcome The Worldly Desires Every Circumstance That Comes Our Way By Faith.