1 John 4:6
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English Standard Version
We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us; whoever is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error.

King James Bible
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.

American Standard Version
We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he who is not of God heareth us not. By this we know the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.

Douay-Rheims Bible
We are of God. He that knoweth God, heareth us. He that is not of God, heareth us not. By this we know the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.

English Revised Version
We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he who is not of God heareth us not. By this we know the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.

Webster's Bible Translation
We are of God. He that knoweth God, heareth us; he that is not of God, heareth not us. By this we know the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.

Weymouth New Testament
The man who is beginning to know God listens to us, but he who is not a child of God does not listen to us. By this test we can distinguish the Spirit of truth from the spirit of error.

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Vincent's Word Studies

He that knoweth (ὁ γινώσκων)

Lit., the one knowing: he who is habitually and ever more clearly perceiving and recognizing God as his Christian life unfolds. The knowledge is regarded as progressive and not complete. Compare Philippians 3:12, and He who is calling (ὁ καλῶν, 1 Thessalonians 5:24) also ὁ ἀγαπῶν he that loves (1 John 4:7).

Hereby (ἐκ τούτου)

Not the same as the common ἐν τούτῳ (1 John 4:2). It occurs only here in the Epistle. Ἑν τούτῳ is in this: ἐκ τούτου from this. The former marks the residing or consisting of the essence or truth of a thing in something the apprehension of which conveys to us the essential nature of the thing itself. The latter marks the inference or deduction of the truth from something, as contrasted with its immediate perception in that something. Rev., by this.

The spirit of error (τὸ πνεῦμα τῆς πλάνης)

The phrase occurs nowhere else in the New Testament. Compare πνεύμασι πλάνοις misleading spirits, 1 Timothy 4:1.

1 John 4:6 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

We are. See on ver.

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.

Micah 3:8 But truly I am full of power by the spirit of the LORD, and of judgment, and of might, to declare to Jacob his transgression...

Romans 1:1 Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel of God,

1 Corinthians 2:12-14 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God...

2 Peter 3:2 That you may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets...

Jude 1:17 But, beloved, remember you the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ;

he that knoweth.

1 John 4:8 He that loves not knows not God; for God is love.

Luke 10:22 All things are delivered to me of my Father: and no man knows who the Son is, but the Father; and who the Father is, but the Son...

John 8:19,45-50 Then said they to him, Where is your Father? Jesus answered, You neither know me, nor my Father: if you had known me...

John 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:

John 13:20 Truly, truly, I say to you, He that receives whomsoever I send receives me; and he that receives me receives him that sent me.

John 18:37 Pilate therefore said to him, Are you a king then? Jesus answered, You say that I am a king. To this end was I born...

John 20:21 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be to you: as my Father has sent me, even so send I you.

1 Corinthians 14:37 If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual...

2 Corinthians 10:7 Do you look on things after the outward appearance? If any man trust to himself that he is Christ's, let him of himself think this again...

2 Thessalonians 1:8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:

Hereby. See on ver.

1 John 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God...

Isaiah 8:20 To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.

the spirit of truth.

John 14:17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it sees him not, neither knows him: but you know him...

John 15:26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send to you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceeds from the Father...

and.

Isaiah 29:10 For the LORD has poured out on you the spirit of deep sleep, and has closed your eyes: the prophets and your rulers...

Hosea 4:12 My people ask counsel at their stocks, and their staff declares to them: for the spirit of prostitutions has caused them to err...

Micah 2:11 If a man walking in the spirit and falsehood do lie, saying, I will prophesy to you of wine and of strong drink...

Romans 11:8 (According as it is written, God has given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see...

2 Thessalonians 2:9-11 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders...

Cross References
John 8:23
He said to them, "You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world.

John 8:47
Whoever is of God hears the words of God. The reason why you do not hear them is that you are not of God."

John 10:3
To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.

John 14:17
even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.

John 18:37
Then Pilate said to him, "So you are a king?" Jesus answered, "You say that I am a king. For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world--to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice."

1 Corinthians 14:37
If anyone thinks that he is a prophet, or spiritual, he should acknowledge that the things I am writing to you are a command of the Lord.

1 Timothy 4:1
Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons,

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