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
    mr jones-1JOHN5:20AND 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..... 1JOHN2:29 IF YOU KNOW THAT HE IS RIGHTEOUS YOU KNOW THAT HE THAT DOETH RIGHTEOUSNESS IS BORN OF HIM HEBREWS 9:16 FOR WHERE A TESTAMENT IS THERE MUST ALSO OF NECESSITY BE THE DEATH OF THE TESTATOR--CONT BELOW
  • Steve morrow
    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--john 3:3 JESUS answered and said unto him verily verily I say unto thee except a man be born again he cannot see the kingdom of GOD 1 peter 1:23 BEING BORN AGAIN NOT OF CORRUPTIBLE SEED BUT OF INCORRUPTIBLE BY THE WORD OF GOD WHICH LIVETH AND ABIDETH FOREVER
  • Irene123
    To Mockingbird on 4 18 '16 - I am so glad to know you are a woman I've th'ot for the past yrs. you were a man. It is your strong assertiveness and lack of gender ref. I' sorry, please forgive me ....?
  • James gratton
    Great blessings to us to have the bible. See the gospel of john ch/1 v1.
  • Irene123
    To Brianna - This is not a question for debate on my part; I am truly just curious - how do you apply the Bible to your life; what is it you do? And I will reciprocate in kind, if you wish; that's up to you.
  • Steve morrow
    romans 4:19 and being not weak in faith he considered not his own body now dead when he was about an hundred years old neither yet the deadness of sarahs womb 20 HE STAGGERED NOT AT THE PROMISE OF GOD THROUGH UNBELIEF BUT WAS STRONG IN FAITH GIVING GLORY TO GOD 21 AND BEING FULLY PERSUADED THAT WHAT HE HAD PROMISED HE WAS ABLE ALSO TO PERFORM

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