1 John 3:17
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English Standard Version
But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?

King James Bible
But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?

American Standard Version
But whoso hath the world's goods, and beholdeth his brother in need, and shutteth up his compassion from him, how doth the love of God abide in him?

Douay-Rheims Bible
He that hath the substance of this world, and shall see his brother in need, and shall shut up his bowels from him: how doth the charity of God abide in him?

English Revised Version
But whoso hath the world's goods, and beholdeth his brother in need, and shutteth up his compassion from him, how doth the love of God abide in him?

Webster's Bible Translation
But he who hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?

Weymouth New Testament
But if any one has this world's wealth and sees that his brother man is in need, and yet hardens his heart against him--how can such a one continue to love God?

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Vincent's Word Studies

This world's good (τὸν βίον τοῦ κόσμου)

Rev., the worlds goods. Βίος means that by which life is sustained, resources, wealth.

Seeth (θεωρῇ)

Deliberately contemplates. See on John 1:18. Rev., beholdeth. The only occurrence of the verb in John's Epistles.

Have need (χρείαν ἔχοντα)

Lit., having need. Rev., in need.

Bowels of compassion (τὰ σπλάγχνα)

See on pitiful, 1 Peter 3:8. Rev., much better, his compassion. The word only here in John.

1 John 3:17 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

whoso.

Deuteronomy 15:7-11 If there be among you a poor man of one of your brothers within any of your gates in your land which the LORD your God gives you...

Proverbs 19:17 He that has pity on the poor lends to the LORD; and that which he has given will he pay him again.

Isaiah 58:7-10 Is it not to deal your bread to the hungry, and that you bring the poor that are cast out to your house? when you see the naked...

Luke 3:11 He answers and said to them, He that has two coats, let him impart to him that has none; and he that has meat, let him do likewise.

2 Corinthians 8:9,14,15 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor...

2 Corinthians 9:5-9 Therefore I thought it necessary to exhort the brothers, that they would go before to you, and make up beforehand your bounty...

1 Timothy 6:17,18 Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not high minded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God...

Hebrews 13:16 But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.

shutteth.

Proverbs 12:10 A righteous man regards the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.

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Proverbs 28:9 He that turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.

how.

1 John 4:20 If a man say, I love God, and hates his brother, he is a liar: for he that loves not his brother whom he has seen...

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...

Cross References
Deuteronomy 15:7
"If among you, one of your brothers should become poor, in any of your towns within your land that the LORD your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart or shut your hand against your poor brother,

Proverbs 14:31
Whoever oppresses a poor man insults his Maker, but he who is generous to the needy honors him.

Proverbs 21:13
Whoever closes his ear to the cry of the poor will himself call out and not be answered.

James 2:15
If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food,

James 2:16
and one of you says to them, "Go in peace, be warmed and filled," without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that?

1 John 4:20
If anyone says, "I love God," and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.

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