1 John 4:6
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New International Version
We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood.

New Living Translation
But we belong to God, and those who know God listen to us. If they do not belong to God, they do not listen to us. That is how we know if someone has the Spirit of truth or the spirit of deception.

English Standard Version
We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us; whoever is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error.

Berean Study Bible
We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us; whoever is not from God does not listen to us. That is how we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of deception.

Berean Literal Bible
We are of God. The one knowing God listens to us. He who is not of God does not listen to us. By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood.

New American Standard Bible
We 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.

King James Bible
We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
We are from God. Anyone who knows God listens to us; anyone who is not from God does not listen to us. From this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of deception.

International Standard Version
We belong to God. The person who knows God listens to us. Whoever does not belong to God does not listen to us. This is how we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of deceit.

NET Bible
We are from God; the person who knows God listens to us, but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of deceit.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But we are from God and he who knows God listens to us and he who is not from God does not listen to us; by this we perceive The Spirit of Truth and the spirit of deception.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
We belong to God. The person who knows God listens to us. Whoever doesn't belong to God doesn't listen to us. That's how we can tell the Spirit of truth from the spirit of lies.

New American Standard 1977
We 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.

Jubilee Bible 2000
We are of God; he that knows God hears us; he that is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.

King James 2000 Bible
We are of God: he that knows God hears us; he that is not of God hears not us. By this we know the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.

American King James Version
We are of God: he that knows God hears us; he that is not of God hears not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.

American Standard Version
We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he who is not of God heareth us not. By this we know the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.

Douay-Rheims Bible
We are of God. He that knoweth God, heareth us. He that is not of God, heareth us not. By this we know the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.

Darby Bible Translation
We are of God; he that knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. From this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.

English Revised Version
We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he who is not of God heareth us not. By this we know the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.

Webster's Bible Translation
We are of God. He that knoweth God, heareth us; he that is not of God, heareth not us. By this we know the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.

Weymouth New Testament
The man who is beginning to know God listens to us, but he who is not a child of God does not listen to us. By this test we can distinguish the Spirit of truth from the spirit of error.

World English Bible
We are of God. He who knows God listens to us. He who is not of God doesn't listen to us. By this we know the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.

Young's Literal Translation
we -- of God we are; he who is knowing God doth hear us; he who is not of God, doth not hear us; from this we know the spirit of the truth, and the spirit of the error.
Commentary
Matthew Henry 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?
Study Bible
Testing the Spirits
5They are of the world. That is why they speak from the world’s perspective, and the world listens to them. 6We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us; whoever is not from God does not listen to us. That is how we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of deception. 7Beloved, let us love one another, because love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.…
Cross References
John 8:23
Then He told them, "You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world.

John 8:47
Whoever belongs to God hears the words of God. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God."

John 10:3
The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen for his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.

John 14:17
the Spirit of truth. The world cannot receive Him, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him. But you do know Him, for He abides with you and He will be in you.

John 18:37
"Then You are a king?" Pilate said. "You say that I am a king," Jesus answered. "For this reason I was born and have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to My voice."

1 Corinthians 14:37
If anyone considers himself a prophet or spiritual person, let him acknowledge that what I am writing you is the Lord's command.

1 Timothy 4:1
Now the Spirit expressly states that in later times some will abandon the faith to follow deceitful spirits and the teachings of demons,

1 John 4:4
You, little children, are from God and have overcome them, because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.

1 John 5:19
We know that we are of God, and that the whole world is under the power of the evil one.
Treasury of Scripture

We are of God: he that knows God hears us; he that is not of God hears not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.

We are. See on ver.

1 John 4:4 You are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because …

Micah 3:8 But truly I am full of power by the spirit of the LORD, and of judgment, …

Romans 1:1 Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated …

1 Corinthians 2:12-14 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit …

2 Peter 3:2 That you may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by …

Jude 1:17 But, beloved, remember you the words which were spoken before of …

he that knoweth.

1 John 4:8 He that loves not knows not God; for God is love.

Luke 10:22 All things are delivered to me of my Father: and no man knows who …

John 8:19,45-50 Then said they to him, Where is your Father? Jesus answered, You …

John 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:

John 13:20 Truly, truly, I say to you, He that receives whomsoever I send receives …

John 18:37 Pilate therefore said to him, Are you a king then? Jesus answered, …

John 20:21 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be to you: as my Father has …

1 Corinthians 14:37 If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual…

2 Corinthians 10:7 Do you look on things after the outward appearance? If any man trust …

2 Thessalonians 1:8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that …

Hereby. See on ver.

1 John 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they …

Isaiah 8:20 To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this …

the spirit of truth.

John 14:17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because …

John 15:26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send to you from the …

and.

Isaiah 29:10 For the LORD has poured out on you the spirit of deep sleep, and …

Hosea 4:12 My people ask counsel at their stocks, and their staff declares to …

Micah 2:11 If a man walking in the spirit and falsehood do lie, saying, I will …

Romans 11:8 (According as it is written, God has given them the spirit of slumber, …

2 Thessalonians 2:9-11 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power …

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