1 John 5:21
New International Version
Dear children, keep yourselves from idols.

New Living Translation
Dear children, keep away from anything that might take God's place in your hearts.

English Standard Version
Little children, keep yourselves from idols.

Berean Study Bible
Little children, keep yourselves from idols.

Berean Literal Bible
Little children, keep yourselves from idols.

New American Standard Bible
Little children, guard yourselves from idols.

King James Bible
Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.

Christian Standard Bible
Little children, guard yourselves from idols.

Contemporary English Version
Children, you must stay away from idols.

Good News Translation
My children, keep yourselves safe from false gods!

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Little children, guard yourselves from idols.

International Standard Version
Little children, keep yourselves away from idols. Greetings from John

NET Bible
Little children, guard yourselves from idols.

New Heart English Bible
Little children, keep yourselves from idols.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
My children, keep yourselves from the worship of idols.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Dear children, guard yourselves from false gods.

New American Standard 1977
Little children, guard yourselves from idols.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.

King James 2000 Bible
Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.

American King James Version
Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.

American Standard Version
My little children, guard yourselves from idols.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.

Darby Bible Translation
Children, keep yourselves from idols.

English Revised Version
My little children, guard yourselves from idols.

Webster's Bible Translation
Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.

Weymouth New Testament
Dear children, guard yourselves from idols.

World English Bible
Little children, keep yourselves from idols.

Young's Literal Translation
Little children, guard yourselves from the idols! Amen.
Study Bible
Concluding Remarks
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. He is the true God and eternal life. 21Little children, keep yourselves from idols.
Cross References
1 Corinthians 10:7
Do not be idolaters, as some of them were. As it is written: "The people sat down to eat and to drink, and got up to indulge in revelry."

1 Corinthians 10:14
Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry.

1 Thessalonians 1:9
For they themselves report what kind of welcome you gave us, and how you turned away from idols to serve the living and true God

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.

Treasury of Scripture

Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.

Little.

1 John 2:1
My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:

keep.

Exodus 20:3,4
Thou shalt have no other gods before me…

1 Corinthians 10:7,14
Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play…

2 Corinthians 6:16,17
And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people…

Amen.

Matthew 6:13
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.







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

keep
φυλάξατε (phylaxate)
Verb - Aorist Imperative Active - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 5442: Probably from phule through the idea of isolation; to watch, i.e. Be on guard; by implication, to preserve, obey, avoid.

yourselves
ἑαυτὰ (heauta)
Reflexive Pronoun - Accusative Neuter 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 1438: Himself, herself, itself.

from
ἀπὸ (apo)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 575: From, away from. A primary particle; 'off, ' i.e. Away, in various senses.

idols.
εἰδώλων (eidōlōn)
Noun - Genitive Neuter Plural
Strong's Greek 1497: An idol, false god. From eidos; an image; by implication, a heathen god, or the worship of such.
Verse 21. - Keep yourselves from idols; or, guard yourselves from the idols. In verse 18 we had τηρεῖ; here the verb is φυλάξατε. The aorist, rather than the present imperative, is used to make the command more forcible, although the guarding is not momentary, but will have to continue (Compare μείνατε ἐν ἐμοί, John 15:4; τὰς ἐντολὰς τὰς ἐμὰς τηρήσατε John 14:15). What is the meaning of "the idols" τῶν εἰδώλων here? In answering this question it will be well to hold fast to the common canon of exegesis, that where the literal interpretation makes good sense, the literal interpretation is probably right. Here the literal interpretation makes excellent sense. Ephesus was famous for its idols. To be "temple-keeper of the great Artemis" (Acts 19:35) was its pride. The moral evils which had resulted from the abuse of the right of sanctuary had caused the Roman senate to cite the Ephesians and other states to submit their charters to the government for inspection. Ephesus had been the first to answer to the summons, and had strenuously defended its claims. It was famous, moreover, for its charms and incantations; and folly of this kind had found its way into the Christian Church (Acts 19:13-20). As so often happens with converts from a religion full of gross superstition, a good many of the superstitious observances survived the adoption of Christianity. With facts such as these before us, we can hardly be wrong in interpreting "the idols" quite literally. The apostle's "little children" could not live in Ephesus without coming constantly in contact with these polluting but attractive influences. They must have absolutely nothing to do with them: "Guard yourselves and abjure ἀπό them." Of course, this literal interpretation places no limit on the application of the text. To a Christian anything is an idol which usurps the place of God in the heart, whether this be a person, or a system, or a project, or wealth, or what not. All such usurpations come within the sweep of the apostle's injunction, "Guard yourselves from your idols."



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.
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