1 John 3:17
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New International Version
If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person?

New Living Translation
If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion--how can God's love be in that person?

English Standard Version
But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?

Berean Study Bible
If anyone with earthly possessions sees his brother in need, but withholds his compassion from him, how can the love of God abide in him?

Berean Literal Bible
Now whoever might have the world's goods, and might see his brother having need, and might close up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him?

New American Standard Bible
But whoever has the world's goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him?

King James Bible
But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If anyone has this world's goods and sees his brother in need but closes his eyes to his need--how can God's love reside in him?

International Standard Version
Whoever has earthly possessions and notices a brother in need and yet withholds his compassion from him, how can the love of God be present in him?

NET Bible
But whoever has the world's possessions and sees his fellow Christian in need and shuts off his compassion against him, how can the love of God reside in such a person?

New Heart English Bible
But whoever has the world's goods, and sees his brother in need, and closes his heart of compassion against him, how does the love of God remain in him?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Whoever has worldly possessions and sees his brother who has a need and withholds his compassion from him, how is the love of God in him?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Now, suppose a person has enough to live on and notices another believer in need. How can God's love be in that person if he doesn't bother to help the other believer?

New American Standard 1977
But whoever has the world’s goods, and beholds his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him?

Jubilee Bible 2000
But whosoever has this world's goods and sees his brother have need and shuts up his bowels of compassion from him, how does the charity of God abide in him?

King James 2000 Bible
But whoever has this world's goods, and sees his brother have need, and shuts up his heart of compassion from him, how dwells the love of God in him?

American King James Version
But whoever has this world's good, and sees his brother have need, and shuts up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwells the love of God in him?

American Standard Version
But whoso hath the world's goods, and beholdeth his brother in need, and shutteth up his compassion from him, how doth the love of God abide in him?

Douay-Rheims Bible
He that hath the substance of this world, and shall see his brother in need, and shall shut up his bowels from him: how doth the charity of God abide in him?

Darby Bible Translation
But whoso may have the world's substance, and see his brother having need, and shut up his bowels from him, how abides the love of God in him?

English Revised Version
But whoso hath the world's goods, and beholdeth his brother in need, and shutteth up his compassion from him, how doth the love of God abide in him?

Webster's Bible Translation
But he who hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?

Weymouth New Testament
But if any one has this world's wealth and sees that his brother man is in need, and yet hardens his heart against him--how can such a one continue to love God?

World English Bible
But whoever has the world's goods, and sees his brother in need, and closes his heart of compassion against him, how does the love of God remain in him?

Young's Literal Translation
and whoever may have the goods of the world, and may view his brother having need, and may shut up his bowels from him -- how doth the love of God remain in him?
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
3:16-21 Here is the condescension, the miracle, the mystery of Divine love, that God would redeem the church with his own blood. Surely we should love those whom God has loved, and so loved. The Holy Spirit, grieved at selfishness, will leave the selfish heart without comfort, and full of darkness and terror. By what can it be known that a man has a true sense of the love of Christ for perishing sinners, or that the love of God has been planted in his heart by the Holy Spirit, if the love of the world and its good overcomes the feelings of compassion to a perishing brother? Every instance of this selfishness must weaken the evidences of a man's conversion; when habitual and allowed, it must decide against him. If conscience condemn us in known sin, or the neglect of known duty, God does so too. Let conscience therefore be well-informed, be heard, and diligently attended to.
Study Bible
Love One Another
16By this we know what love is: Jesus laid down His life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. 17If anyone with earthly possessions sees his brother in need, but withholds his compassion from him, how can the love of God abide in him? 18Little children, let us love not in word and speech, but in action and truth.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 15:7
"If there is a poor man with you, one of your brothers, in any of your towns in your land which the LORD your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart, nor close your hand from your poor brother;

Proverbs 14:31
He who oppresses the poor taunts his Maker, But he who is gracious to the needy honors Him.

Proverbs 21:13
He who shuts his ear to the cry of the poor Will also cry himself and not be answered.

James 2:15
Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food.

James 2:16
If one of you tells him, "Go in peace; stay warm and well fed," but does not provide for his physical needs, what good is that?

1 John 4:20
If anyone says, "I love God," but hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen.
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But whoever has this world's good, and sees his brother have need, and shuts up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwells the love of God in him?

whoso.

Deuteronomy 15:7-11 If there be among you a poor man of one of your brothers within any …

Proverbs 19:17 He that has pity on the poor lends to the LORD; and that which he …

Isaiah 58:7-10 Is it not to deal your bread to the hungry, and that you bring the …

Luke 3:11 He answers and said to them, He that has two coats, let him impart …

2 Corinthians 8:9,14,15 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he …

2 Corinthians 9:5-9 Therefore I thought it necessary to exhort the brothers, that they …

1 Timothy 6:17,18 Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not high minded, …

Hebrews 13:16 But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices …

shutteth.

Proverbs 12:10 A righteous man regards the life of his beast: but the tender mercies …

Proverbs 28:9 He that turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer …

how.

1 John 4:20 If a man say, I love God, and hates his brother, he is a liar: for …

1 John 5:1 Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every …

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