1 John 4:5
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New International Version
They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them.

New Living Translation
Those people belong to this world, so they speak from the world's viewpoint, and the world listens to them.

English Standard Version
They are from the world; therefore they speak from the world, and the world listens to them.

New American Standard Bible
They are from the world; therefore they speak as from the world, and the world listens to them.

King James Bible
They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They are from the world. Therefore what they say is from the world, and the world listens to them.

International Standard Version
These people belong to the world. That is why they speak from the world's perspective, and the world listens to them.

NET Bible
They are from the world; therefore they speak from the world's perspective and the world listens to them.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And these are from the world, therefore they speak from the world and the world listens to them.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
These people belong to the world. That's why they speak the thoughts of the world, and the world listens to them.

Jubilee Bible 2000
They are of the world; therefore, they speak of the world, and the world hears them.

King James 2000 Bible
They are of the world: therefore they speak of the world, and the world hears them.

American King James Version
They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world hears them.

American Standard Version
They are of the world: therefore speak they as of the world, and the world heareth them.

Douay-Rheims Bible
They are of the world: therefore of the world they speak, and the world heareth them.

Darby Bible Translation
*They* are of the world; for this reason they speak [as] of the world, and the world hears them.

English Revised Version
They are of the world: therefore speak they as of the world, and the world heareth them.

Webster's Bible Translation
They are of the world: therefore they speak from the world, and the world heareth them.

Weymouth New Testament
They are the world's children, and so their language is that of the world, and the world listens to them. We are God's children.

World English Bible
They are of the world. Therefore they speak of the world, and the world hears them.

Young's Literal Translation
They -- of the world they are; because of this from the world they speak, and the world doth hear them;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

4:1-6 Christians who are well acquainted with the Scriptures, may, in humble dependence on Divine teaching, discern those who set forth doctrines according to the apostles, and those who contradict them. The sum of revealed religion is in the doctrine concerning Christ, his person and office. The false teachers spake of the world according to its maxims and tastes, so as not to offend carnal men. The world approved them, they made rapid progress, and had many followers such as themselves; the world will love its own, and its own will love it. The true doctrine as to the Saviour's person, as leading men from the world to God, is a mark of the spirit of truth in opposition to the spirit of error. The more pure and holy any doctrine is, the more likely to be of God; nor can we by any other rules try the spirits whether they are of God or not. And what wonder is it, that people of a worldly spirit should cleave to those who are like themselves, and suit their schemes and discourses to their corrupt taste?

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 5. - The source of their character and their teaching is the world; from it they derive their inspiration; and of course the world listens to them. Once again (see on 1 John 3:23) we have an echo of Christ's last discourses: "If ye were of the world, the world would love its own" (John 15:19).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

They are of the world,.... That is, the false prophets and teachers that were gone into the world, and had the spirit of antichrist in them; these were as they were when they came into the world, under the pollution, guilt, and dominion of sin, in a state of unregeneracy, carnality, and darkness; they properly belonged unto it, and walked after the course of it, and were under the influence of the god of it, who led them into error; and were sensual, and indulged themselves in worldly lusts, and were seeking after worldly things; supposed that gain was godliness, and had men's persons in admiration because of advantage; their nature and disposition, their principles and practices, and their ends and views, were worldly; and were quite different from Christ and his apostles, John 17:14,

therefore speak they of the world; they speak the wisdom of the world, or that in which the world thinks wisdom lies, and cry up for true knowledge, and right principles; and this they do with the enticing words of man's wisdom, or in words which man's wisdom teacheth; speaking great swelling words of vanity, which take with vain and carnal minds; and preach doctrines suited to their own taste, and the taste of others, as carnal and worldly men; such as the purity of human nature, in its first conception and birth, its freedom from any original corruption, and from any concern with the sin of Adam, only with actual sin of its own; and the power of it to do that which is good, keep the law of God, and obtain his favour; the non-necessity of any internal work of efficacious grace, a reformation of life and manners being thought sufficient to render a man acceptable to God, and prepare him for eternal happiness; the doctrine of justification and salvation by works; all which are pleasing to carnal men: hence it follows,

and the world heareth them; the wicked of the world; worldly and unregenerate men attend on their ministry, approve of what they deliver, and receive it with pleasure, and believe it: this expresses both the quality of the hearers of false teachers, that they are that part of the world, the worse part of it, which lies in wickedness; and the quantity of them, the greater part of the world, as it was foretold by Christ, and his apostles, that they should deceive many, that many should follow their pernicious ways, and that they should draw many disciples after them; wherefore the numbers that attend such persons, as it need not be wondered at, since both preachers and hearers, and the doctrines preached and heard, are all alike, they are of the world, so it should not be stumbling to the people of God.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

5. of the world—They derive their spirit and teaching from the world, "unregenerate human nature, ruled over and possessed by Satan, the prince of this world" [Alford].

speak they of the word—They draw the matter of their conversation from the life, opinions, and feelings of the world.

the world heareth them—(Joh 15:18, 19). The world loves its own.

1 John 4:5 Additional Commentaries
Context
Testing the Spirits
4You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world. 5They are from the world; therefore they speak as from the world, and the world listens to them. 6We are from God; he who knows God listens to us; he who is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.
Cross References
John 3:31
The one who comes from above is above all; the one who is from the earth belongs to the earth, and speaks as one from the earth. The one who comes from heaven is above all.

John 8:23
But he continued, "You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world.

John 15:19
If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.

John 17:14
I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world.

John 17:16
They are not of the world, even as I am not of it.
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