1 John 2:17
Parallel Verses
New International Version
The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.

New Living Translation
And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.

English Standard Version
And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.

New American Standard Bible
The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever.

King James Bible
And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
And the world with its lust is passing away, but the one who does God's will remains forever.

International Standard Version
And the world and its desires are fading away, but the person who does God's will remains forever.

NET Bible
And the world is passing away with all its desires, but the person who does the will of God remains forever.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The world is passing and its lust, but he who does the will of God continues for eternity.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
the world and its evil desires are passing away. But the person who does what God wants lives forever.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the world passes away and the lust thereof, but he that does the will of God abides for ever.

King James 2000 Bible
And the world passes away, and the lust thereof: but he that does the will of God abides forever.

American King James Version
And the world passes away, and the lust thereof: but he that does the will of God stays for ever.

American Standard Version
And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the world passeth away, and the concupiscence thereof: but he that doth the will of God, abideth for ever.

Darby Bible Translation
And the world is passing, and its lust, but he that does the will of God abides for eternity.

English Revised Version
And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the world passeth away, and the lust of it: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

Weymouth New Testament
And the world, with its cravings, is passing away, but he who does God's will continues for ever.

World English Bible
The world is passing away with its lusts, but he who does God's will remains forever.

Young's Literal Translation
and the world doth pass away, and the desire of it, and he who is doing the will of God, he doth remain -- to the age.
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

Verse 17. - Seeing, then, that the love of the world and the love of the Father are absolutely incompatible, which must we choose? Not the former, for its object is already passing away; while not only does the Father abide for ever, but he who loves him and does his will abides for ever also. The antithesis, as usual, is a progress; it carries us beyond the limits of the original statement. The world is passing away like a dissolving view. It has its sentence of death in itself; its decay has begun. And even if it were not passing away, our capacity for enjoying it would none the less certainly come to an end. "The sensualist does not know what the delights of sense are; he is out of temper when he is denied them; he is out of temper when he possesses them" (Maurice). To love the world is to lose everything, including the thing loved. To love God is to gain him and his kingdom. Some men would have it that the external world is the one thing that is certain and permanent, while religion is based on a mere hypothesis, and is ever changing its form. St. John assures us that the very reverse is the case. The world is waning: it is God alone and his faithful servants who abide. As St. Augustine says, "What can the world promise? Let it promise what you will, it makes the promise, perhaps, to one who tomorrow will die." The will of God is the exact antithesis of "all that is in the world." The one is the good power "that makes for righteousness;" the other is the sum of the evil powers which make for sin. Abideth for ever is literally, abideth unto the age (μένει εἰς τὸν αἰῶνα). The notion of endlessness is, perhaps, not distinctly included; for that we should rather have had εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν, αἰώνων (Revelation 1:18; Revelation 11:15; Revelation 22:5). The contrast is not between "passing away" and "lasting forever," but between "passing away" and abiding till "the age" comes. But as "the age" is the age of eternity as distinguished from this age of time, the rendering "abideth for ever" is justified. The Jews used" this age" and" the age to come" to distinguish the periods before and after the coming of the Messiah. Christians adopted the same phrases to indicate the periods before and after Christ's second coming; e.g., ὁ αἰὼν οῦτος (Luke 16:8; Romans 12:2; 1 Corinthians 1:20), ὁ νῦν αἰών (1 Timothy 6:17; 2 Timothy 4:10; Titus 2:12), as opposed to ὁ αἰὼν ἐκεῖνος, (Luke 20:35), ὁ αἰὼν ὁ ἐρχόμενος (Luke 18:30), ὁ μέλλων (Ephesians 1:21), and very frequently, as here and throughout St. John's Gospel and Epistles, simply ὁ αἰών. In Revelation the invariable expression is εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων, the τῶν being omitted in Revelation 14:11. The exact meaning here, therefore, is "abideth unto the age," i.e., the coming of Christ's eternal kingdom.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And the world passeth away,.... Not the matter and substance, but the fashion, form, and scheme of it, 1 Corinthians 7:31; kingdoms, cities, towns, houses, families, estates, and possessions, are continually changing, and casting into different hands, and different forms; the men of the world, the inhabitants of it, are continually removing; one generation goes, and another comes, new faces are continually appearing; the riches and honours of the world are fading, perishing, and transitory things; everything is upon the flux, nothing is permanent; which is another argument why the world, and the things of it, are not to be loved:

and the lust thereof; also passes away; and objects of lust are fading and fleeting, as beauty, and riches, and honours; these are continually taking away from men, or men are taken away from them, and will not be hereafter; and even the pleasure of lust itself passes away as soon as enjoyed; the pleasures of sin are but for a season, and a very short one; and are indeed but imaginary, and leave a real bitterness and sorrow behind them, and at length bring a man to ruin and destruction:

but he that doeth the will of God; not perfectly as contained in the law, which is the good, and perfect, and acceptable will of God; for no man can do that in such a manner, though a regenerate man desires to do it, even as it is done in heaven, and serves the law of God with his mind, and under the influence of the Spirit of God; and does walk in his statutes, and keeps his judgments from a principle of love, in faith, and without mercenary views and sinister ends, without depending on what he does for life and salvation; and such an one may be said to be a doer of the will of God: though rather here it intends such an one as believes in Christ, as the propitiation for his sins, and as his advocate with the Father, and who, makes Christ his pattern and example, and walks as he walked; and particularly observes the new commandment of love, loves God, and Christ, and his fellow Christians, and not the world, and the things of it: and such a man is happy, for he

abideth for ever; in the love of God, which will never depart from him, nor shall he be separated from that; and in the hands and arms of Christ, out of which none can pluck him; and in the family and household of God, where he, as a son, abides for ever, and shall never be cast out; and in a state of justification, and shall never enter into condemnation; and in a state of grace and holiness, from whence he shall never fall totally and finally; and in heaven with Christ to all eternity: the reason of this his abiding is not his doing the will of God, which is only descriptive of him manifestatively, and not the cause of his perpetuity and immovableness; but his eternal election of God, which stands sure, not on the foot of works, but of him that calleth; and the covenant of grace in which he is interested, and which is immovable, sure, firm, and inviolable; and the foundation Jesus Christ, on which he is built; and the principle of grace in him, which always remains, and is connected with eternal life.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

17. the world—with all who are of the world worldly.

passeth away—Greek, "is passing away" even now.

the lust thereof—in its threefold manifestation (1Jo 2:16).

he that doeth the will of God—not his own fleshly will, or the will of the world, but that of God (1Jo 2:3, 6), especially in respect to love.

abideth for ever—"even as God also abideth for ever" (with whom the godly is one; compare Ps 55:19, "God, even He that abideth of old): a true comment, which Cyprian and Lucifer have added to the text without support of Greek manuscripts. In contrast to the three passing lusts of the world, the doer of God's will has three abiding goods, "riches, honor, and life" (Pr 22:4).

1 John 2:17 Additional Commentaries
Context
Do Not Love the World
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. 17The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever.
Cross References
Mark 3:35
Whoever does God's will is my brother and sister and mother."

1 Corinthians 7:31
those who use the things of the world, as if not engrossed in them. For this world in its present form is passing away.
Treasury of Scripture

And the world passes away, and the lust thereof: but he that does the will of God stays for ever.

the world.

Psalm 39:6 Surely every man walks in a vain show: surely they are disquieted …

Psalm 73:18-20 Surely you did set them in slippery places: you cast them down into …

Psalm 90:9 For all our days are passed away in your wrath: we spend our years …

Psalm 102:26 They shall perish, but you shall endure: yes, all of them shall wax …

Isaiah 40:6-8 The voice said, Cry. And he said, What shall I cry? All flesh is …

Matthew 24:35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

1 Corinthians 7:31 And they that use this world, as not abusing it: for the fashion …

James 1:10,11 But the rich, in that he is made low: because as the flower of the …

James 4:14 Whereas you know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your …

1 Peter 1:24 For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower …

but.

Psalm 143:10 Teach me to do your will; for you are my God: your spirit is good; …

Matthew 7:21 Not every one that said to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom …

Matthew 21:31 Whether of them two did the will of his father? They say to him, …

Mark 3:35 For whoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and …

John 7:17 If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether …

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

Colossians 1:9 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease …

Colossians 4:12 Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, salutes you, always …

1 Thessalonians 4:3 For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that you should …

1 Thessalonians 5:18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ …

Hebrews 10:36 For you have need of patience, that, after you have done the will …

1 Peter 4:2 That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to …

abideth.

Psalm 125:1,2 They that trust in the LORD shall be as mount Zion, which cannot …

Proverbs 10:25 As the whirlwind passes, so is the wicked no more: but the righteous …

John 4:14 But whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst…

John 6:58 This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers …

John 10:28-30 And I give to them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither …

1 Peter 1:5,25 Who are kept by the power of God through faith to salvation ready …

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