1 John 5:21

“Little children, keepe your selues from Idoles. Amen.”

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Other Translations

Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.
- King James Version

Little children, guard yourselves from idols.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

`My' little children, guard yourselves from idols.
- American Standard Version (1901)

My little children, keep yourselves from false gods.
- Basic English Bible

Children, keep yourselves from idols.
- Darby Bible

Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.
- Webster's Bible

Dear children, guard yourselves from idols.
- Weymouth Bible

Little children, keep yourselves from idols.
- World English Bible

This is veri God, and euerlastynge lijf. My litle sones, kepe ye you fro maumetis.
- Wycliffe Bible

Little children, guard yourselves from the idols! Amen.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 John 5:21


5:21 Keep yourselves from idols - From all worship of false gods, from all worship of images or of any creature, and from every inward idol; from loving, desiring, fearing anything more than God. Seek all help and defence from evil, all happiness in the true God alone.


People's Bible Notes for 1 John 5:21


1Jo 5:21 Keep yourselves from idols. Flee from idolatry, the besetting sin of that age. So too we need to flee from the idols of our age. Whatever takes our worship from God is an idol. NOTE.--SIN IN THE FIRST EPISTLE OF JOHN. A comparison of passages will show that an extreme and false doctrine might be reached by pressing one class to the exclusion of another class. I give a list: I. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves (1Jo 1:8). If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins (1Jo 1:9).If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar (1Jo 1:10). These things I write to you, that ye sin not (1Jo 2:1). If any man sinneth ("man" is not in the Greek), we have an Advocate with the Father (1Jo 2:1). If any man shall see his brother sin a sin [which is] not to death (1Jo 5:16). There is a sin not to death (1Jo 5:17). These passages all refer to Christians; they teach their liability to sin; show how they may obtain pardon, and show how also they should labor to save an erring brother. One the other hand, there is another class which teaches that the Christian is freed from sin. II. The blood of Jesus his Son cleanseth from all sin (1Jo 1:7). Whoever abideth in him sinneth not (1Jo 3:6). He cannot sin because he is born of God (1Jo 3:9). Whoever is born of God sinneth not (1Jo 5:18). If this second class of passages was alone considered, they would teach apparently the absolute holiness of the saint. The two classes are to be interpreted in the light of each other. They teach that the germ of sin, dormant, perhaps, remains in us as long as we are in the flesh. "The flesh lusteth against the Spirit" (Ga 5:17). We "may be overtaken in a fault", the dormant germ waken, and we be betrayed into sin for the moment (Ga 6:1). The sin is due to the temporary revival of the old nature. The new nature, the spiritual being born of the new birth, is not disposed to sin, and will be destroyed if the sin is willful and continued. One born of God cannot engage in willful sin. Nor can he who abides in Christ. He who becomes a willful sinner does not abide in Christ, nor remains a child of God.

Discussion for 1 John 5

  • Steve morrow
    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 4:6 WE ARE OF GOD HE THAT KNOWETH GOD HEARETH US HE THAT IS NOT OF GOD HEARETH US NOT HEREBY KNOW WE THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH AND THE SPIRIT OF ERROR PSALM 44:21 SHALL NOT GOD SEARCH THIS OUT FOR HE KNOWETH THE SECRETS OF THE HEART JOHN 14:15 IF YOU LOVE ME KEEP MY COMMANDENTS
  • Alex
    the 1st glimpse of the kingdom, the trinity was in the ark of the covenant IN THE MOST HOLYPLACE where the father dwelt between tHE 2 churibim oF GLORY,GOD WD NOT SHARE HIS GLORY WITH THE 2 CHURIBIM UNLESS THEY WERE ALL RELATED AS FATHER SON AND GRANSON JUST AS JESSE DAVID AND SOLOMON WERE ALL RELATED AS FATHER SON AND GRANSON BUT 1 KINGDOM also abraham isaac and jacob were father son and granson
  • Alex
    Abraham means exaulted father he was a type of God the father in that he offered up his only son isaac a type of christ then came Jacob the granson type of tHE H.G. God used this Abrahamic trinity to initiate the NATION OF ISRAEL just as the heavenly trinity will initiate the Israel of GOD meaning the PROMISE, THE MULTIPLICATION OF VERY GOD IN HUMANITY, Twas jacobs name that was changed to Israel
  • Lilian
    For there are three record on this earth the God the word and the Holy Ghosts these three are agree in one. Jesus and Abba Father speaks one word and one wisdom Jesus is God who came in flesh so that you and me will have life in abundance praise you Jesus amen
  • Steve morrow
    JOHN 5:21 FOR AS THE FATHER RAISETH UP THE DEAD AND QUICKENETH THEM EVEN SO THE SON QUICKENETH WHOM HE WILL JOHN 6:63 IT IS THE SPIRIT THAT QUICKENETH THE FLESH PROFITETH NOTHING THE WORDS THAT --I SPEAK--UNTO YOU THEY ARE SPIRIT AND THEY ARE LIFE REVELATION 19:13 AND HE WAS CLOTHED WITH A VESTURE DIPPED IN BLOOD AND HIS NAME IS CALLED --- THE WORD OF GOD --- PSALM 119:50 THIS IS MY COMFORT IN MY AFFLICTION FOR THY WORD HATH QUICKENED ME --- ROMANS 8:11 BUT IF THE SPIRIT OF HIM THAT RAISED UP JESUS FROM THE DEAD DWELL IN YOU HE THAT RAISED UP CHRIST FROM THE DEAD SHALL ALSO QUICKEN YOUR MORTAL BODIES BY HIS SPIRIT THAT DWELLETH IN YOU --- ACTS 13:30 BUT GOD RAISED HIM FROM THE DEAD --- PSALM 119:88 QUICKEN ME AFTER THY LOVINGKINDNESS SO SHALL I KEEP THE TESTIMONIES OF THY MOUTH REVELATION 19:10 AND I FELL AT HIS FEET TO WORSHIP HIM AND HE SAID UNTO ME SEE THOU DO IT NOT I AM THY FELLOWSERVANT AND OF THY BRETHREN THAT HAVE THE TESTIMONY OF JESUS WORSHIP GOD --- FOR THE TESTIMONY OF JESUS IS THE SPIRIT OF PROPHECY 1 JOHN 2:29 IF YOU KNOW THAT HE IS RIGHTEOUS YOU THAT EVERYONE THAT DOETH RIGHTEOUSNESS IS --BORN OF HIM--
  • Brother Daniel FC
    It is not meant to be an insult: it just states a fact. To a Disciple. When I ask someone: how much is 1 1 1? and tells me he doesn t know, I say he she is ignorant or uneducated. Then, if I tell him that 1 1 1 3 and he says: I don t believe it, I say he is an non-believer. But: if he tries to explain to me that 1 1 1 1 I say he she has a mental challenge.

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