1 John 4:4
New International Version
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.

New Living Translation
But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world.

English Standard Version
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.

Berean Study Bible
You, little children, are from God and have overcome them, because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.

Berean Literal Bible
You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because the One in you is greater than the one in the world.

New American Standard Bible
You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.

King James Bible
Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

Christian Standard Bible
You are from God, little children, and you have conquered them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.

Contemporary English Version
Children, you belong to God, and you have defeated these enemies. God's Spirit is in you and is more powerful than the one who is in the world.

Good News Translation
But you belong to God, my children, and have defeated the false prophets, because the Spirit who is in you is more powerful than the spirit in those who belong to the world.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You are from God, little children, and you have conquered them, because the One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.

International Standard Version
Little children, you belong to God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.

NET Bible
You are from God, little children, and have conquered them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.

New Heart English Bible
You are of God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is he who is in you than he who is in the world.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
You are from God, children, and you have conquered them, because he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Dear children, you belong to God. So you have won the victory over these people, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.

New American Standard 1977
You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them because greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world.

King James 2000 Bible
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.

American King James Version
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.

American Standard Version
Ye are of God, my little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world.

Douay-Rheims Bible
You are of God, little children, and have overcome him. Because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

Darby Bible Translation
Ye are of God, children, and have overcome them, because greater is he that [is] in you than he that [is] in the world.

English Revised Version
Ye are of God, my little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world.

Webster's Bible Translation
Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

Weymouth New Testament
As for you, dear children, you are God's children, and have successfully resisted them; for greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.

World English Bible
You are of God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is he who is in you than he who is in the world.

Young's Literal Translation
Ye -- of God ye are, little children, and ye have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you, than he who is in the world.
Study Bible
Testing the Spirits
3and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming, and is already in the world at this time. 4You, little children, are from God and have overcome them, because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world. 5They are of the world. That is why they speak from the world’s perspective, and the world listens to them.…
Cross References
John 12:31
Now judgment is upon this world; now the prince of this world will be cast out.

Romans 8:31
What then shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?

1 John 2:1
My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate before the Father--Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.

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 have written to you, children, because you know the Father.

1 John 3:20
If our hearts condemn us, God is greater than our hearts, and He knows all things.

1 John 4:6
We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us; whoever is not from God does not listen to us. That is how we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of deception.

1 John 5:4
because everyone born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world: our faith.

Treasury of Scripture

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.

are.

1 John 4:6,16
We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error…

1 John 3:9,10
Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God…

1 John 5:19
And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness.

and have.

1 John 2:13
I write unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome the wicked one. I write unto you, little children, because ye have known the Father.

1 John 5:4
For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.

Romans 8:37
Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

greater.

1 John 4:13,16
Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit…

1 John 3:24
And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.

John 10:28-30
And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand…

than.

1 John 5:19
And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness.

John 12:31
Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out.

John 14:30
Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me.







Lexicon
You,
Ὑμεῖς (Hymeis)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Nominative 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 4771: You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.

little children,
τεκνία (teknia)
Noun - Vocative Neuter Plural
Strong's Greek 5040: A little child. Diminutive of teknon; an infant, i.e. darlings.

are
ἐστε (este)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

from
ἐκ (ek)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1537: From out, out from among, from, suggesting from the interior outwards. A primary preposition denoting origin, from, out.

God
Θεοῦ (Theou)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2316: A deity, especially the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; by Hebraism, very.

and
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2532: And, even, also, namely.

have overcome
νενικήκατε (nenikēkate)
Verb - Perfect Indicative Active - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 3528: To conquer, be victorious, overcome, prevail, subdue. From nike; to subdue.

them,
αὐτούς (autous)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Accusative Masculine 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

because
ὅτι (hoti)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 3754: Neuter of hostis as conjunction; demonstrative, that; causative, because.

greater
μείζων (meizōn)
Adjective - Nominative Masculine Singular - Comparative
Strong's Greek 3173: Large, great, in the widest sense.

is
ἐστὶν (estin)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

He who [is]
(ho)
Article - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

in
ἐν (en)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1722: In, on, among. A primary preposition denoting position, and instrumentality, i.e. A relation of rest; 'in, ' at, on, by, etc.

you
ὑμῖν (hymin)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Dative 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 4771: You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.

than
(ē)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2228: Or, than. A primary particle of distinction between two connected terms; disjunctive, or; comparative, than.

he who [is]
(ho)
Article - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

in
ἐν (en)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1722: In, on, among. A primary preposition denoting position, and instrumentality, i.e. A relation of rest; 'in, ' at, on, by, etc.

the
τῷ (tō)
Article - Dative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

world.
κόσμῳ (kosmō)
Noun - Dative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2889: Probably from the base of komizo; orderly arrangement, i.e. Decoration; by implication, the world (morally).
Verse 4. - Ye are of God. The ὑμεῖς is in emphatic opposition to the false teachers (comp. 1 John 2:20). They are on one side, and the apostle's readers on the other, and it is from this standpoint that they are to "prove the spirits." St. John knows nothing of any neutral position from which the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error can be criticized "with absolute impartiality." "He that is not with me is against me." This assumed neutral position is already within the domain of error. Ye have overcome them. "Them" means the false teachers; but in what sense have St. John's "little children" overcome them? He may be speaking by anticipation; confident of the victory, he writes of it as an accomplished fact (comp. John 16:33). But it is better to take the statement literally. By refusing to listen to the false teachers (John 10:8) the sheep have conquered them: the seducers have "gone out" (1 John 2:19), unable to hold their own within the fold. Nor is this wonderful: the one side have God with them, the other Satan. Ο ἐν τῷ κόσμῳ here is equivalent to ὁ ἄρχων τοῦ κόσμου τούτου (Luke 12:31). Just as God is in believers and they in God, so the world is in the evil one (1 John 5:19) and the evil one in it. 4:1-6 Christians who are well acquainted with the Scriptures, may, in humble dependence on Divine teaching, discern those who set forth doctrines according to the apostles, and those who contradict them. The sum of revealed religion is in the doctrine concerning Christ, his person and office. The false teachers spake of the world according to its maxims and tastes, so as not to offend carnal men. The world approved them, they made rapid progress, and had many followers such as themselves; the world will love its own, and its own will love it. The true doctrine as to the Saviour's person, as leading men from the world to God, is a mark of the spirit of truth in opposition to the spirit of error. The more pure and holy any doctrine is, the more likely to be of God; nor can we by any other rules try the spirits whether they are of God or not. And what wonder is it, that people of a worldly spirit should cleave to those who are like themselves, and suit their schemes and discourses to their corrupt taste?
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