1 John 5:4
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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.

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

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.

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Vincent's Word Studies

Overcometh (νικᾷ)

See on 1 John 2:13.

The victory (ἡ νίκη)

Only here in the New Testament.

That overcometh (ἡ νικήσασα)

The aorist tense, overcame. On the cumulative form of expression, the victory, that which overcame, see on 1 John 4:9. The aorist is to be held here to its strict sense. The victory over the world was, potentially, won when we believed in Jesus as the Christ, the Son of God. We overcome the world by being brought into union with Christ. On becoming as He is (1 John 3:17) we become partakers of His victory (John 16:33). "Greater is He that is in you than He that is in the world" (1 John 4:4).

Our faith (πίστις ἡμῶν)

Πίστις faith, only here in John's Epistles and not in the Gospel. Our faith is embraced in the confession that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. On the question of the subjective and objective use of the faith, see on Acts 6:7.

1 John 5:4 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

whatsoever. See on ver.

1 John 5:1 Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loves him that begat loves him also that is begotten of him...

1 John 3:9 Whoever is born of God does not commit sin; for his seed remains in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.

overcometh.

1 John 5:5 Who is he that overcomes the world, but he that believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

1 John 2:13-17 I write to you, fathers, because you have known him that is from the beginning. I write to you, young men...

1 John 4:4 You are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

John 16:33 These things I have spoken to you, that in me you might have peace. In the world you shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer...

Romans 8:35-37 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril...

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; To him that overcomes will I give to eat of the tree of life...

Revelation 3:5,12,21 He that overcomes, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life...

Revelation 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives to the death.

Revelation 15:2 And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image...

Cross References
John 1:13
who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

John 3:3
Jesus answered him, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God."

1 Corinthians 15:57
But thanks be to God, who 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. I write to you, children, because you know the Father.

1 John 2:29
If you know that he is righteous, you may be sure that everyone who practices righteousness has been born of him.

1 John 3:9
No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God's seed abides in him; and he cannot keep on sinning, because he has been born of God.

1 John 4:4
Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

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