1 John 5:15
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New International Version
And if we know that he hears us--whatever we ask--we know that we have what we asked of him.

New Living Translation
And since we know he hears us when we make our requests, we also know that he will give us what we ask for.

English Standard Version
And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.

New American Standard Bible
And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.

King James Bible
And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
And if we know that He hears whatever we ask, we know that we have what we have asked Him for.

International Standard Version
And if we know that he listens to our requests, we can be sure that we have what we ask him for.

NET Bible
And if we know that he hears us in regard to whatever we ask, then we know that we have the requests that we have asked from him.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And if we are convinced that he hears us concerning whatever we ask from him, we trust that even now we receive the things that we desire which we ask from him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
We know that he listens to our requests. So we know that we already have what we ask him for.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we also know that we have the petitions that we asked of him.

King James 2000 Bible
And if we know that he hears us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we desired of him.

American King James Version
And if we know that he hear us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

American Standard Version
and if we know that he heareth us whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions which we have asked of him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And we know that he heareth us whatsoever we ask: we know that we have the petitions which we request of him.

Darby Bible Translation
And if we know that he hears us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions which we have asked of him.

English Revised Version
and if we know that he heareth us whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions which we have asked of him.

Webster's Bible Translation
And if we know that he heareth us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired from him.

Weymouth New Testament
And since we know that He listens to us, then whatever we ask, we know that we have the things which we have asked from Him.

World English Bible
And if we know that he listens to us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions which we have asked of him.

Young's Literal Translation
and if we have known that He doth hear us, whatever we may ask, we have known that we have the requests that we have requested from Him.
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 15. - The point is not, that if God hears our prayers he grants them (as if we could ever pray to him without his being aware of it); but that if we know that he hears our prayers (i.e., trust him without reserve), we already have what we have asked in accordance with his will. It may be years before we perceive that our prayers have been answered: perhaps in this world we may never be able to see this; but we know that God has answered them. The peculiar construction, ἐάν with the indicative, is not uncommon in the New Testament as a variant reading. It seems to be genuine in Luke 19:40 and Acts 8:31 with the future indicative, and in 1 Thessalonians 3:8 with the present. Here the reading is undisputed. Of course, οἴδαμεν is virtually present; but even the past tenses of the indicative are sometimes found after ἐάν (see Winer, pages 369, 370; see also Trench, 'On the Authorized Version of the New Testament,' page 61).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And if we know that he hear us,.... As it may be assured he does hear and answer all such persons that ask according to his will:

whatsoever we ask, we know, or are assured,

that we have the petitions that we desired of him: for as it is the nature of that holy confidence, which believers have in God, to believe whatever they ask according to his will, in general, shall be grappled, so every request in particular; yea, before the mercy desired, or the favour asked for is conferred, they are as sure of having it in God's own time and way, as if they now had it in hand and fact.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

15. hear—Greek, "that He heareth us."

we have the petitions that we desired of him—We have, as present possessions, everything whatsoever we desired (asked) from Him. Not one of our past prayers offered in faith, according to His will, is lost. Like Hannah, we can rejoice over them as granted even before the event; and can recognize the event when it comes to pass, as not from chance, but obtained by our past prayers. Compare also Jehoshaphat's believing confidence in the issue of his prayers, so much so that he appointed singers to praise the Lord beforehand.

1 John 5:15 Additional Commentaries
Context
Purpose and Concluding Remarks
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. 16If anyone sees his brother committing a sin not leading to death, he shall ask and God will for him give life to those who commit sin not leading to death. There is a sin leading to death; I do not say that he should make request for this.…
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.

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

1 John 5:18
We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin; the One who was born of God keeps them safe, and the evil one cannot harm them.

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

1 John 5:20
We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true by being in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.
Treasury of Scripture

And if we know that he hear us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

if.

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

Jeremiah 15:12,13 Shall iron break the northern iron and the steel…

we know.

Mark 11:24 Therefore I say to you, What things soever you desire, when you pray, …

Luke 11:9,10 And I say to you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall …

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