1 John 5:14
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New International Version
This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.

New Living Translation
And we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him.

English Standard Version
And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us.

New American Standard Bible
This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.

King James Bible
And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Now this is the confidence we have before Him: Whenever we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.

International Standard Version
And this is the confidence that we have in him: if we ask for anything according to his will, he listens to us.

NET Bible
And this is the confidence that we have before him: that whenever we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And this is the confidence which we have toward him: Everything that we ask him according to his will, he hears for us.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
We are confident that God listens to us if we ask for anything that has his approval.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And this is the confidence that we have in God, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he hears us:

King James 2000 Bible
And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us:

American King James Version
And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he hears us:

American Standard Version
And this is the boldness which we have toward him, that, if we ask anything according to his will, he heareth us:

Douay-Rheims Bible
And this is the confidence which we have towards him: That, whatsoever we shall ask according to his will, he heareth us.

Darby Bible Translation
And this is the boldness which we have towards him, that if we ask him anything according to his will he hears us.

English Revised Version
And this is the boldness which we have toward him, that, if we ask anything according to his will, he heareth us:

Webster's Bible Translation
And this is the confidence that we have in him, that if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:

Weymouth New Testament
And we have an assured confidence that whenever we ask anything in accordance with His will, He listens to us.

World English Bible
This is the boldness which we have toward him, that, if we ask anything according to his will, he listens to us.

Young's Literal Translation
And this is the boldness that we have toward Him, that if anything we may ask according to his will, He doth hear us,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

5:13-17 Upon all this evidence, it is but right that we believe on the name of the Son of God. Believers have eternal life in the covenant of the gospel. Then let us thankfully receive the record of Scripture. Always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that our labour is not in vain in the Lord. The Lord Christ invites us to come to him in all circumstances, with our supplications and requests, notwithstanding the sin that besets us. Our prayers must always be offered in submission to the will of God. In some things they are speedily answered; in others they are granted in the best manner, though not as requested. We ought to pray for others, as well as for ourselves. There are sins that war against spiritual life in the soul, and the life above. We cannot pray that the sins of the impenitent and unbelieving should, while they are such, be forgiven them; or that mercy, which supposes the forgiveness of sins, should be granted to them, while they wilfully continue such. But we may pray for their repentance, for their being enriched with faith in Christ, and thereupon for all other saving mercies. We should pray for others, as well as for ourselves, beseeching the Lord to pardon and recover the fallen, as well as to relieve the tempted and afflicted. And let us be truly thankful that no sin, of which any one truly repents, is unto death.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 14. - And the confidence that we have towards him consists in this. The thought of knowing that we have eternal life (verse 13) leads back to the thought of confidence before God in relation to prayer (1 John 3:21, 22). This idea is now further developed with special reference to intercession for others; a particular form of prayer which is in close connexion with another main idea in the Epistle - love of the brethren.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And this is the confidence that we have in him,.... Either in God, to whom prayer is made; or in the Son of God, through whose blood and righteousness believers in him have confidence with God at the throne of grace; they can come with boldness and intrepidity, and use freedom and liberty of speech, as the word here used signifies; especially when they have the Spirit of Christ with them, and are under the sprinklings of the blood of Christ, and have a comfortable assurance of being heard and answered; and this is what the Jews call , "the consideration", or "attention of prayer" (s), which they explain thus;

"after a man has prayed, he judges in his heart that the holy blessed God will give him his reward, and will do everything needful for him, and will hear his prayer, because he has prayed with intention;''

but this is much better expressed, and upon a much better foundation, by our apostle here:

that if we ask anything according to his will, he heareth us; to ask anything according to the will of God, is to ask, as to matter, what, and in a manner which, is agreeably to it; by which is meant, not his secret will, or his purposes and decrees, which are unknown, though, so far as these are made known, they are not to be prayed against, for they can never be made void; and therefore, when God had declared it as his purposing will, that the Israelites in the wilderness should not enter into Canaan's land, and that he had rejected Saul from the kingdom, in these cases it would have been wrong for Moses to have prayed for the one, or Samuel for the other; 1 Samuel 16:1; and though no one person is to be excluded from our prayers on the account of the decree of reprobation, since no man can certainly be known to be a reprobate; yet it does not become us to pray for the conversion and salvation of reprobates in general, since this would be contrary to the decree of God: and such purposes which God has declared by prophecy he has purposed in himself, as the conversion of the Jews, the bringing in the fulness of the Gentiles, the destruction of antichrist, and the glory of the Gospel church, for these we should pray that God would hasten them in his own time, and we are sure of being heard; but the revealed will of God is here intended, by which it appears that all grace is laid up in Christ, and all spiritual blessings are with him, and that the covenant of grace is ordered in all things, and full of the sure mercies of David, and of exceeding great and precious promises; all which are treasured up for the benefit and use of the people of God; and if, therefore, they ask for any grace, or supply of grace, for any spiritual blessing or mercy laid up in Christ, in the covenant, or in any of the promises, they ask that for matter which is according to the will of God, and which they may be assured they shall have, sooner or later: and to ask in a manner agreeably to his will, is to come in the name of Christ, and make mention of his righteousness, and ask for his sake; to put up all petitions in faith, with fervency, in sincerity, and uprightness; with reverence, humility, and submission to the divine will, and with importunity; and such askers God hears, even so as to answer, and grant their requests in his own time, though not always in theirs; in some cases sooner, in others later, according to his infinite wisdom, and in his own way, which is always the best, though not in theirs, as in the case of the Apostle Paul, 2 Corinthians 12:7. The Alexandrian copy and the Ethiopic version read, "if we ask anything according to", or in his name: that is, of Christ, and which agrees with John 14:13.

(s) T. Bab. Bava Bathra, fol. 164. 2.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

14. the confidence—boldness (1Jo 4:17) in prayer, which results from knowing that we have eternal life (1Jo 5:13; 1Jo 3:19, 22).

according to his will—which is the believer's will, and which is therefore no restraint to his prayers. In so far as God's will is not our will, we are not abiding in faith, and our prayers are not accepted. Alford well says, If we knew God's will thoroughly, and submitted to it heartily, it would be impossible for us to ask anything for the spirit or for the body which He should not perform; it is this ideal state which the apostle has in view. It is the Spirit who teaches us inwardly, and Himself in us asks according to the will of God.

1 John 5:14 Additional Commentaries
Context
Purpose and Concluding Remarks
13These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life. 14This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.…
Cross References
1 Kings 3:12
I will do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be.

Psalm 145:19
He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them.

Proverbs 10:24
What the wicked dread will overtake them; what the righteous desire will be granted.

Matthew 7:7
"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.

John 14:13
And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

James 4:3
When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.

1 John 2:28
And now, dear children, continue in him, so that when he appears we may be confident and unashamed before him at his coming.

1 John 3:21
Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God

1 John 3:22
and receive from him anything we ask, because we keep his commands and do what pleases him.
Treasury of Scripture

And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he hears us:

this.

1 John 3:21 Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.

Ephesians 3:12 In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.

Hebrews 3:6,14 But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we…

Hebrews 10:35 Cast not away therefore your confidence, which has great recompense of reward.

in him. or, concerning him. if. See on ch.

1 John 3:22 And whatever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, …

Jeremiah 29:12,13 Then shall you call on me, and you shall go and pray to me, and I …

Jeremiah 33:3 Call to me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty …

Matthew 7:7-11 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, …

Matthew 21:22 And all things, whatever you shall ask in prayer, believing, you shall receive.

John 14:13 And whatever you shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father …

John 15:7 If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, you shall ask what …

John 16:24 Till now have you asked nothing in my name: ask, and you shall receive, …

James 1:5,6 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that gives to all …

James 4:3 You ask, and receive not, because you ask amiss, that you may consume …

James 5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that …

he.

Job 34:28 So that they cause the cry of the poor to come to him, and he hears …

Psalm 31:22 For I said in my haste, I am cut off from before your eyes: nevertheless …

Psalm 34:17 The righteous cry, and the LORD hears, and delivers them out of all …

Psalm 69:33 For the LORD hears the poor, and despises not his prisoners.

Proverbs 15:29 The LORD is far from the wicked: but he hears the prayer of the righteous.

John 9:31 Now we know that God hears not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper …

John 11:42 And I knew that you hear me always: but because of the people which …

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