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

New Living Translation
We know that we are children of God and that the world around us is under the control of the evil one.

English Standard Version
We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.

New American Standard Bible
We know that we are of God, and that the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.

King James Bible
And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
We know that we are of God, and the whole world is under the sway of the evil one.

International Standard Version
We know that we are from God and that the whole world lies under the control of the evil one.

NET Bible
We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in The Evil One.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
We know that we are from God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lies in wickedness.

King James 2000 Bible
And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lies in wickedness.

American King James Version
And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lies in wickedness.

American Standard Version
We know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in the evil one.

Douay-Rheims Bible
We know that we are of God, and the whole world is seated in wickedness.

Darby Bible Translation
We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies in the wicked [one].

English Revised Version
We know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in the evil one.

Webster's Bible Translation
And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness.

Weymouth New Testament
We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world lies in the power of the Evil one.

World English Bible
We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.

Young's Literal Translation
we have known that of God we are, and the whole world in the evil doth lie;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

5:18-21 All mankind are divided into two parties or dominions; that which belongs to God, and that which belongs to the wicked one. True believers belong to God: they are of God, and from him, and to him, and for him; while the rest, by far the greater number, are in the power of the wicked one; they do his works, and support his cause. This general declaration includes all unbelievers, whatever their profession, station, or situation, or by whatever name they may be called. The Son leads believers to the Father, and they are in the love and favour of both; in union with both, by the indwelling and working of the Holy Spirit. Happy are those to whom it is given to know that the Son of God is come, and to have a heart to trust in and rely on him that is true! May this be our privilege; we shall thus be kept from all idols and false doctrines, and from the idolatrous love of worldly objects, and be kept by the power of God, through faith, unto eternal salvation. To this living and true God, be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 19. - Omit the "and" before "we know." There is no καί or δέ in the true text; and the asyndeton is impressive. The whole world lieth in the evil one. This is the second great fact of which Christians have certainty. They, as children of God, and preserved from the evil one by his Son, have nothing to do with the world, which still lies in the power of the evil one. That "the evil" τῷ πονηρῷ is here not neuter but masculine is evident from the context, as well as from 1 John 2:13, 14; 1 John 4:4. "By saying that it lieth in the evil one (in maligno) he represents it as being under the dominion of Satan. There is, therefore, no reason why we should hesitate to shun the world, which contemns God and delivers up itself into the bondage of Satan; nor is there any reason why we should fear its enmity, because it is alienated from God" (Calvin).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And we know that we are of God,.... The sons of God, and regenerated by him; this is known by the Spirit of God, which witnesses to the spirits of the saints that they are the children of God; and by the fruits and effects of regenerating grace, as love to the brethren, and the like:

and the whole world lies in wickedness; that is, the men of the world, the greater part of the inhabitants of it, who are as they were when they came into it, not being born of God; these are addicted to sin and, wickedness; the bias of their minds is to it, they are set upon it, and give themselves up to it, are immersed in it, and are under the power of it: or "in the wicked one"; Satan, the god of this world; they are under his influence, and led according to his will, and they are governed by him, and are at his beck and command; and this is known, by sad experience, it is easy of observation;

"And cannot comprehend the things that are promised to the righteous in time to come: for this world is full of unrighteousness and infirmities.'' (2 Esdras 4:27)

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

19. world lieth in wickedness—rather, "lieth in the wicked one," as the Greek is translated in 1Jo 5:18; 1Jo 2:13, 14; compare 1Jo 4:4; Joh 17:14, 15. The world lieth in the power of, and abiding in, the wicked one, as the resting-place and lord of his slaves; compare "abideth in death," 1Jo 3:14; contrast 1Jo 5:20, "we are in Him that is true." While the believer has been delivered out of his power, the whole world lieth helpless and motionless still in it, just as it was; including the wise, great, respectable, and all who are not by vital union in Christ.

1 John 5:19 Additional Commentaries
Context
Purpose and Concluding Remarks
18We know that no one who is born of God sins; but He who was born of God keeps him, and the evil one does not touch him. 19We know that we are of God, and that the whole world lies in the power of the evil one. 20And we know 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, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.…
Cross References
Luke 4:6
And he said to him, "I will give you all their authority and splendor; it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to.

John 12:31
Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out.

John 17:15
My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.

Galatians 1:4
who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father,

1 John 4:6
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.

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

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.
Treasury of Scripture

And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lies in wickedness.

we know.

1 John 5:10,13,20 He that believes on the Son of God has the witness in himself: he …

1 John 3:14,24 We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the …

1 John 4:4-6 You are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because …

Romans 8:16 The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit, that we are the …

2 Corinthians 1:12 For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that …

2 Corinthians 5:1 For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, …

2 Timothy 1:12 For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am …

and the.

1 John 4:4,5 You are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because …

John 15:18,19 If the world hate you, you know that it hated me before it hated you…

Romans 1:28-32 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God …

Romans 3:9-18 What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before …

Galatians 1:4 Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this …

Titus 3:3 For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, …

James 4:4 You adulterers and adulteresses, know you not that the friendship …

in wickedness.

1 John 5:18 We know that whoever is born of God sins not; but he that is begotten …

John 12:31 Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world …

John 14:30 Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world …

John 16:11 Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.

2 Corinthians 4:4 In whom the god of this world has blinded the minds of them which …

Ephesians 2:2 Wherein in time past you walked according to the course of this world, …

Revelation 12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, …

Revelation 13:7,8 And it was given to him to make war with the saints, and to overcome …

Revelation 20:3,7,8 And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a …

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