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

  • 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.

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