1 John 5:19
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New International Version
We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one.

King James Bible
And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness.

Darby Bible Translation
We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies in the wicked [one].

World English Bible
We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.

Young's Literal Translation
we have known that of God we are, and the whole world in the evil doth lie;

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

We know that we are of God - Have the fullest proof of the truth of Christianity, and of our own reconciliation to God through the death of his Son.

The whole world lieth in wickedness - Εν τῳ πονηρῳ κειται· Lieth in the wicked one - is embraced in the arms of the devil, where it lies fast asleep and carnally secure, deriving its heat and power from its infernal fosterer. What a truly awful state! And do not the actions, tempers, propensities, opinions and maxims of all worldly men prove and illustrate this? "In this short expression," says Mr. Wesley, "the horrible state of the world is painted in the most lively colors; a comment on which we have in the actions, conversations, contracts, quarrels and friendships of worldly men." Yes, their Actions are opposed to the law of God; their Conversations shallow, simulous, and false; their Contracts forced, interested, and deceitful; their Quarrels puerile, ridiculous, and ferocious; and their Friendships hollow, insincere, capricious, and fickle: - all, all the effect of their lying in the arms of the wicked one; for thus they become instinct with his own spirit: and because they are of their father the devil, therefore his lusts they will do.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

we know.

1 John 5:10,13,20 He that believes on the Son of God has the witness in himself: he that believes not God has made him a liar...

1 John 3:14,24 We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brothers. He that loves not his brother stays in death...

1 John 4:4-6 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...

Romans 8:16 The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:

2 Corinthians 1:12 For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom...

2 Corinthians 5:1 For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands...

2 Timothy 1:12 For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed...

and the.

1 John 4:4,5 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 15:18,19 If the world hate you, you know that it hated me before it hated you...

Romans 1:28-32 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind...

Romans 3:9-18 What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin...

Galatians 1:4 Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:

Titus 3:3 For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy...

James 4:4 You adulterers and adulteresses, know you not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God?...

in wickedness.

1 John 5:18 We know that whoever is born of God sins not; but he that is begotten of God keeps himself, and that wicked one touches him not.

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 comes, and has nothing in me.

John 16:11 Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.

2 Corinthians 4:4 In whom the god of this world has blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ...

Ephesians 2:2 Wherein in time past you walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air...

Revelation 12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceives the whole world...

Revelation 13:7,8 And it was given to him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues...

Revelation 20:3,7,8 And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal on him, that he should deceive the nations no more...

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The World Our Enemy.
"We know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness."--1 John v. 19. Few words are of more frequent occurrence in the language of religion than "the world;" Holy Scripture makes continual mention of it, in the way of censure and caution; in the Service for Baptism it is described as one of three great enemies of our souls, and in the ordinary writings and conversation of Christians, I need hardly say, mention is made of it continually. Yet most of us, it would appear, have very
John Henry Newman—Parochial and Plain Sermons, Vol. VII

Spiritual Idolatry
"Little children, keep yourselves from idols." 1 John 5:21. 1. There are two words that occur several times in this Epistle, -- paidia and teknia, both of which our translators render by the same expression, little children. But their meaning is very different. The former is very properly rendered little children; for it means, babes in Christ, those that have lately tasted of his love, and are, as yet, weak and unestablished therein. The latter might with more propriety be rendered, beloved children;
John Wesley—Sermons on Several Occasions

The Blessing of Full Assurance
We do not wonder that certain men do not receive the epistles, for they were not written to them. Why should they cavil at words which are addressed to men of another sort from themselves? Yet we do not marvel, for we knew it would be so. Here is a will, and you begin to read it; but you do not find it interesting: it is full of words and terms which you do not take the trouble to understand, because they have no relation to yourself; but should you, in reading that will, come upon a clause in which
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 34: 1888

1 John 5:4-5. victory
[8] "For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God I" 1 John 5:4-5. IT ought to be our practice, if we have any religion, to examine the state of our souls from time to time, and to find out whether we are "right in the sight of God" (Acts 8:21). Are we true Christians? Are we likely to go to heaven when we die? Are we born again,--born of
John Charles Ryle—The Upper Room: Being a Few Truths for the Times

Cross References
Luke 4:6
And he said to him, "I will give you all their authority and splendor; it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to.

John 12:31
Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out.

John 17:15
My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.

Galatians 1:4
who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father,

1 John 4:6
We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood.

1 John 5:15
And if we know that he hears us--whatever we ask--we know that we have what we asked of him.

1 John 5:18
We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin; the One who was born of God keeps them safe, and the evil one cannot harm them.

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