1 John 2:15
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New International Version
Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them.

New Living Translation
Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you.

English Standard Version
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

New American Standard Bible
Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

King James Bible
Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Do not love the world or the things that belong to the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in him.

International Standard Version
Stop loving the world and the things that are in the world. If anyone persists in loving the world, the Father's love is not in him.

NET Bible
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Do not love the world, neither the things that are in it, for whoever loves the world does not have the love of The Father in him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Don't love the world and what it offers. Those who love the world don't have the Father's love in them.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Love not the world neither the things that are in the world. If anyone loves the world, the charity of the Father is not in him.

King James 2000 Bible
Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

American King James Version
Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

American Standard Version
Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Love not the world, nor the things which are in the world. If any man love the world, the charity of the Father is not in him.

Darby Bible Translation
Love not the world, nor the things in the world. If any one love the world, the love of the Father is not in him;

English Revised Version
Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

Webster's Bible Translation
Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man loveth the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

Weymouth New Testament
Do not love the world, nor the things in the world. If any one loves the world, there is no love in his heart for the Father.

World English Bible
Don't love the world, neither the things that are in the world. If anyone loves the world, the Father's love isn't in him.

Young's Literal Translation
Love not ye the world, nor the things in the world; if any one doth love the world, the love of the Father is not in him,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

2:15-17 The things of the world may be desired and possessed for the uses and purposes which God intended, and they are to be used by his grace, and to his glory; but believers must not seek or value them for those purposes to which sin abuses them. The world draws the heart from God; and the more the love of the world prevails, the more the love of God decays. The things of the world are classed according to the three ruling inclinations of depraved nature. 1. The lust of the flesh, of the body: wrong desires of the heart, the appetite of indulging all things that excite and inflame sensual pleasures. 2. The lust of the eyes: the eyes are delighted with riches and rich possessions; this is the lust of covetousness. 3. The pride of life: a vain man craves the grandeur and pomp of a vain-glorious life; this includes thirst after honour and applause. The things of the world quickly fade and die away; desire itself will ere long fail and cease, but holy affection is not like the lust that passes away. The love of God shall never fail. Many vain efforts have been made to evade the force of this passage by limitations, distinctions, or exceptions. Many have tried to show how far we may be carnally-minded, and love the world; but the plain meaning of these verses cannot easily be mistaken. Unless this victory over the world is begun in the heart, a man has no root in himself, but will fall away, or at most remain an unfruitful professor. Yet these vanities are so alluring to the corruption in our hearts, that without constant watching and prayer, we cannot escape the world, or obtain victory over the god and prince of it.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 15-17. - Secondly, walking in the light excludes all love of the world. This is another form of darkness. Verse 15. - Love not the world. Obviously, both "love" and "the world" are used in a different sense in John 3:16, where it is said that "God loved the world." The one love is selfish, the other unselfish. In the one case "the world" means the sinful elements of human life, in the other the human race. It is most important to distinguish the different meanings of κόσμος in the New Testament. Connected with κόμειν and comere, it means

(1) ornament (1 Peter 3:3);

(2) the ordered universe, mundus (Romans 1:20);

(3) the earth (John 1:9);

(4) the inhabitants of the earth (John 3:16);

(5) all that is alienated from God, as here and frequently in St. John's writings. The things of the world are not those things in the world which may become objects of sinful affection, such as wealth or honour, still less such as scenery or physical objects. St. John is not condemning a love of those material advantages which are God's gifts, nor of nature, which is God's work. He is forbidding those things the love of which rivals and excludes the love of God - all those immoral tendencies and pursuits which give the world its evil character. The world κόσμος is order; the things in the world are the elements of disorder - those things which arise from each man making himself the center of the world, or of some little world of his own creation. These rival centers clash with one another, and also with the one true Center. All this St. John forbids. With τὰ ἐν τῷ κόσμῳ, cf. τί η΅ν ἐν τῷ ἀνθρώπῳ (John 2:25). Note the μηδέ (not μήτε), nor yet: "Love not the world; no, nor any of its ways." As so often, St. John goes on to enforce his words by a negative statement of similar but not identical import. Love of the world absolutely excludes the love of the Father. "Ye cannot serve God and mammon." Some important authorities have τοῦ Θεοῦ for τοῦ Πατρός; the balance is decidedly for the latter.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Love not the world,.... The habitable earth, the world in which men live; this is not to be loved by saints, as if it was their habitation, where they are always to be, and so loath to remove from it, seeing they are but sojourners, and pilgrims, and strangers here; this is not their rest, nor dwellingplace, their continuing city, or proper country, that is heaven. Nor should they love the men of the world, who are as they came into it, are of it, and mind the things of it, and lie in wickedness, and are wicked men; for though these are to be loved, as men, as fellow creatures, and their good, both spiritual and temporal, is to be sought, and good is to be done to them, as much as lies in our power, both with respect to soul and body; yet their company is not to be chosen, and preferred to the saints, but to be shunned and avoided, as disagreeable and dangerous; their evil conversation, and wicked communications, are not to be loved, but abhorred, and their works of darkness are to be reproved; nor are their ways to be imitated, and their customs followed, or their manners to be conformed unto:

neither the things that are in the world; good men that are in the world, though they are not of the world, are to be loved; and the kingdom of Christ, though it is not of the world, yet it is in the world, and is to be regarded and promoted to the uttermost; and there are the natural and civil things of the world, called this world's goods, which may be loved within due bounds, and used in a proper manner, though they are not to be loved inordinately and abused. This is the character of worldly men; so the Jews call such, , "such that love world" (g). Near relations and friends in the world, and the blessings of life, may be loved and enjoyed in their way, but not above God and Christ, or so as to take up satisfaction and contentment in them, to make idols of them, and put trust and confidence in them, and prefer them to spiritual and heavenly things, and be so taken with them, as to be unconcerned for, and careless about the other; but the evil things of the world, or at least the evil use of them, and affection for them, are here intended, as appears from the following verse. Now it is chiefly with respect to the fathers, and young men, that this exhortation is given; and the repetition of what is said to them before is made, to introduce this; which is exceeding suitable to their age and characters. Old men are apt to be covetous, and love the world and worldly things, just when they are going out of it, and about to leave them; and young men are apt to be carried away with lust, vanity, ambition, and pride: and therefore, from each of these, the apostle dissuades, from the following arguments,

if any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him; that is, "the love of God", as the Alexandrian copy and the Ethiopic version read; who is the Father of Christ, and of all the elect in him; and who is indeed, by creation, the Father of all men, the Father of spirits, of the souls of men, and of angels, and the Father of mercies and of lights, and by the love of him is meant, either the love with which he loves his people, and which being shed abroad in the heart, attracts the soul to himself, and causes it to love him above the world, and all things in it; and such an one esteems of it, and an interest in it, more than life, and all the enjoyments of it, and is by it loosened to the world, and sets light by it, and can part with all good things in it, and suffer all evil things cheerfully, under the constraints and influence of this love; so that it is a clear case, that when the affections of men are set upon the world, and they are glued to the things of it, their hearts are not warmed with a sense of the love of God, or, that is not sensibly in them, or shed abroad in their hearts: or else by the love of God is meant love to God, which is inconsistent with the love of the world, or with such an inordinate love of mammon, as to serve it; for a man may as soon serve two masters, as serve God and mammon, which he can never do truly, faithfully, and affectionately; and which also is not consistent with friendship with the men of the world, or a conversation and fellowship with them in things that are evil, whether superstition or profaneness; see Matthew 6:24.

(g) Kimchi in Psal. xlix. 9. Ben Melech in ib. ver. 14.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

15. Love not the world—that lieth in the wicked one (1Jo 5:19), whom ye young men have overcome. Having once for all, through faith, overcome the world (1Jo 4:4; 5:4), carry forward the conquest by not loving it. "The world" here means "man, and man's world" [Alford], in his and its state as fallen from God. "God loved [with the love of compassion] the world," and we should feel the same kind of love for the fallen world; but we are not to love the world with congeniality and sympathy in its alienation from God; we cannot have this latter kind of love for the God-estranged world, and yet have also "the love of the Father in" us.

neither—Greek, "nor yet." A man might deny in general that he loved the world, while keenly following some one of THE THINGS IN IT: its riches, honors, or pleasures; this clause prevents him escaping from conviction.

any man—therefore the warning, though primarily addressed to the young, applies to all.

love of—that is, towards "the Father." The two, God and the (sinful) world, are so opposed, that both cannot be congenially loved at once.

1 John 2:15 Additional Commentaries
Context
Do Not Love the World
15Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world.…
Cross References
Matthew 4:8
Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor.

Romans 12:2
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will.

James 1:27
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

James 4:4
You adulterous people, don't you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.
Treasury of Scripture

Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

Love not.

1 John 4:5 They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the …

1 John 5:4,5,10 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world: and this is the …

John 15:19 If you were of the world, the world would love his own: but because …

Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be you transformed by the …

Galatians 1:10 For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for …

Ephesians 2:2 Wherein in time past you walked according to the course of this world, …

Colossians 3:1,2 If you then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, …

1 Timothy 6:10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted …

If.

Matthew 6:24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and …

Luke 16:13 No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, …

James 4:4 You adulterers and adulteresses, know you not that the friendship …

the love.

1 John 3:17 But whoever has this world's good, and sees his brother have need, …

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