1 John 5:5
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New International Version
Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.

New Living Translation
And who can win this battle against the world? Only those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God.

English Standard Version
Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

New American Standard Bible
Who is the one who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

King James Bible
Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
And who is the one who conquers the world but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

International Standard Version
Who overcomes the world? Is it not the person who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

NET Bible
Now who is the person who has conquered the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Who is he who conquers the universe but he who believes that Yeshua is The Son of God?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Who wins the victory over the world? Isn't it the person who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Who is he that overcomes the world, but he that believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

King James 2000 Bible
Who is he that overcomes the world, but he that believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

American King James Version
Who is he that overcomes the world, but he that believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

American Standard Version
And who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?

Darby Bible Translation
Who is he that gets the victory over the world, but he that believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

English Revised Version
And who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?

Webster's Bible Translation
Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?

Weymouth New Testament
Who but the man that believes that Jesus is the Son of God overcomes the world?

World English Bible
Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

Young's Literal Translation
who is he who is overcoming the world, if not he who is believing that Jesus is the Son of God?
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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 5. - What other way is there of conquering the world? And how can he who believes fail? Belief in Christ unites us to him, and gives us a share in his victories; and he has overcome the world (John 16:33).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Who is he that overcometh the world,.... This question carries in it a strong affirmation, that no other person is the conqueror of the world:

but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God? and this points out what that faith is which obtains the victory over the world; and shows that it is not that trust and confidence which has a man's self, or any mere creature, thing, or person, for its object, but only Jesus Christ, and that as he is the Son of God; and which is not a mere assent to such a proposition, to which devils and unregenerate persons may assent, and do; but it is a seeing of the Son in the glory, fulness, and suitableness of his person, office, and grace; a going to him, being drawn by the Father; and a living upon him as the Son of God, and trusting in him for life, righteousness, and salvation: and this shows, that the victory over the world is not owing to faith itself, but to its object Christ, who has overcome it, and makes true believers in him more than conquerors over it.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

5. Who—"Who" else "but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God:" "the Christ" (1Jo 5:1)? Confirming, by a triumphant question defying all contradiction, as an undeniable fact, 1Jo 5:4, that the victory which overcomes the world is faith. For it is by believing: that we are made one with Jesus the Son of God, so that we partake of His victory over the world, and have dwelling in us One greater than he who is in the world (1Jo 4:4). "Survey the whole world, and show me even one of whom it can be affirmed with truth that he overcomes the world, who is not a Christian, and endowed with this faith" [Episcopius in Alford].

1 John 5:5 Additional Commentaries
Context
Overcoming the World
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? 6This is the One who came by water and blood, Jesus Christ; not with the water only, but with the water and with the blood. It is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth.…
Cross References
Mark 9:23
"'If you can'?" said Jesus. "Everything is possible for one who believes."

1 John 4:15
If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God.

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 5:20
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.
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