1 John 5:4
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New International Version
for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.

New Living Translation
For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith.

English Standard Version
For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.

New American Standard Bible
For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world-- our faith.

King James Bible
For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
because whatever has been born of God conquers the world. This is the victory that has conquered the world: our faith.

International Standard Version
because everyone who is born from God has overcome the world. Our faith is the victory that overcomes the world.

NET Bible
because everyone who has been fathered by God conquers the world. Testimony About the Son This is the conquering power that has conquered the world: our faith.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because everyone who is born from God conquers the universe; and this is the victory that conquers the universe - our faith.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
because everyone who has been born from God has won the victory over the world. Our faith is what wins the victory over the world.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For whatsoever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith.

King James 2000 Bible
For whoever is born of God overcomes the world: and this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith.

American King James Version
For whatever is born of God overcomes the world: and this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith.

American Standard Version
For whatsoever is begotten of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that hath overcome the world, even our faith.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For whatsoever is born of God, overcometh the world: and this is the victory which overcometh the world, our faith.

Darby Bible Translation
For all that has been begotten of God gets the victory over the world; and this is the victory which has gotten the victory over the world, our faith.

English Revised Version
For whatsoever is begotten of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that hath overcome the world, even our faith.

Webster's Bible Translation
For whatever is born of God, overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.

Weymouth New Testament
For every child of God overcomes the world; and the victorious principle which has overcome the world is our faith.

World English Bible
For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world: your faith.

Young's Literal Translation
because every one who is begotten of God doth overcome the world, and this is the victory that did overcome the world -- our faith;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

5:1-5 True love for the people of God, may be distinguished from natural kindness or party attachments, by its being united with the love of God, and obedience to his commands. The same Holy Spirit that taught the love, will have taught obedience also; and that man cannot truly love the children of God, who, by habit, commits sin or neglects known duty. As God's commands are holy, just, and good rules of liberty and happiness, so those who are born of God and love him, do not count them grievous, but lament that they cannot serve him more perfectly. Self-denial is required, but true Christians have a principle which carries them above all hinderances. Though the conflict often is sharp, and the regenerate may be cast down, yet he will rise up and renew his combat with resolution. But all, except believers in Christ, are enslaved in some respect or other, to the customs, opinions, or interests of the world. Faith is the cause of victory, the means, the instrument, the spiritual armour by which we overcome. In and by faith we cleave to Christ, in contempt of, and in opposition to the world. Faith sanctifies the heart, and purifies it from those sensual lusts by which the world obtains sway and dominion over souls. It has the indwelling Spirit of grace, which is greater than he who dwells in the world. The real Christian overcomes the world by faith; he sees, in and by the life and conduct of the Lord Jesus on earth, that this world is to be renounced and overcome. He cannot be satisfied with this world, but looks beyond it, and is still tending, striving, and pressing toward heaven. We must all, after Christ's example, overcome the world, or it will overcome us to our ruin.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 4. - Reason for the preceding statement: the opposition which causes the difficulty is already overcome. Nothing, however, is gained by transferring the full stop from the end of verse 3 to the middle of verse 4, any more than from the end of verse 2 to the middle of verse 3. The punctuation of the Authorized Version and the Revised Version is to be preferred. It is the world that hinders obedience to God's commandments and makes them seem grievous. But everywhere God's children πᾶν τὸ γεγεννημένον, as in John 6:37, 39; John 17:2) conquer the world, and that by means of faith. The aorist ἡ νικήσασα marks the victory as already won and complete: "the victory that hath vanquished the world is this - our faith."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For whatsoever is born of God,.... Which may be understood either of persons born; of God; or of the new creature, or principle of grace wrought in them, particularly faith hereafter mentioned, which is an heaven born grace, the gift of God, and the operation of his Spirit: this

overcometh the world; the god of the world, Satan; the lusts which are in the world; false prophets gone forth into the world; and the wicked men of the world, who by temptations, snares, evil doctrines, threatenings, promises, and ill examples, would avert regenerate ones from observing the commands of God; but such are more than conquerors over all these, through Christ that has loved them:

and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. The Arabic and Ethiopic versions read, "your faith"; great things, heroic actions, and wonderful victories, are ascribed to faith; see Hebrews 11:33; which must not be understood of the grace itself, as separately considered, but of Christ the object of it, as supported, strengthened, assisted, and animated by him: and then it does wonders, when it is enabled to hold Christ, its shield, in its hand, against every enemy that opposes.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

4. For—(See on [2650]1Jo 5:3). The reason why "His commandments are not grievous." Though there is a conflict in keeping them, the sue for the whole body of the regenerate is victory over every opposing influence; meanwhile there is a present joy to each believer in keeping them which makes them "not grievous."

whatsoever—Greek, "all that is begotten of God." The neuter expresses the universal whole, or aggregate of the regenerate, regarded as one collective body Joh 3:6; 6:37, 39, "where Bengel remarks, that in Jesus' discourses, what the Father has given Him is called, in the singular number and neuter gender, all whatsoever; those who come to the Son are described in the masculine gender and plural number, they all, or singular, every one. The Father has given, as it were, the whole mass to the Son, that all whom He gave may be one whole: that universal whole the Son singly evolves, in the execution of the divine plan."

overcometh—habitually.

the world—all that is opposed to keeping the commandments of God, or draws us off from God, in this world, including our corrupt flesh, on which the world's blandishments or threats act, as also including Satan, the prince of this world (Joh 12:31; 14:30; 16:11).

this is the victory that overcometh—Greek aorist, "… that hath (already) overcome the world": the victory (where faith is) hereby is implied as having been already obtained (1Jo 2:13; 4:4).

1 John 5:4 Additional Commentaries
Context
Overcoming the World
3For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome. 4For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world-- our faith. 5Who is the one who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?…
Cross References
John 1:13
children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband's will, but born of God.

John 3:3
Jesus replied, "Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again."

1 Corinthians 15:57
But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

1 John 2:13
I am writing to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning. I am writing to you, young men, because you have overcome the evil one.

1 John 2:29
If you know that he is righteous, you know that everyone who does what is right has been born of him.

1 John 3:9
No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God's seed remains in them; they cannot go on sinning, because they have been born of God.

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

1 John 5:1
Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well.

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

For whatever is born of God overcomes the world: and this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith.

whatsoever. See on ver.

1 John 5:1 Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every …

1 John 3:9 Whoever is born of God does not commit sin; for his seed remains …

overcometh.

1 John 5:5 Who is he that overcomes the world, but he that believes that Jesus …

1 John 2:13-17 I write to you, fathers, because you have known him that is from …

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

John 16:33 These things I have spoken to you, that in me you might have peace. …

Romans 8:35-37 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, …

1 Corinthians 15:57 But thanks be to God, which gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Revelation 2:7,11,17,26 He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit said to the churches; …

Revelation 3:5,12,21 He that overcomes, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and …

Revelation 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of …

Revelation 15:2 And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that …

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