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1 John 5:21 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— [My] little children, guard yourselves from idols.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Little children, guard yourselves from idols.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Children, keep yourselves from idols.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Dear children! Guard yourselves from idols.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Little children, guard yourselves from the idols! Amen.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Little children, keepe your selues from Idoles. Amen.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— My sons, keep yourselves from the service of idols.
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— My children, keep yourselves from idolatry.

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Little children, 5040
{5040} Prime
Diminutive of G5043; an infant, that is, (plural figurative) darlings (Christian converts).
keep 5442
{5442} Prime
Probably from G5443 through the idea of isolation; to watch, that is, be on guard (literally or figuratively); by implication to preserve, obey, avoid.
<5657> Grammar
Tense - Aorist (See G5777)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Imperative (See G5794)
Count - 376
yourselves 1438
{1438} Prime
(Including all the other cases); from a reflexive pronoun otherwise obsolete and the genitive (dative or accusative) of G0846; him (her, it, them, also [in conjunction with the personal pronoun of the other persons] my, thy, our, your) -self (-selves), etc.
from 575
{0575} Prime
A primary particle; 'off', that is, away (from something near), in various senses (of place, time, or relation; literally or figuratively).
idols. 1497
{1497} Prime
From G1491; an image (that is, for worship); by implication a heathen god, or (plural) the worship of such.
Amen. 281
{0281} Prime
Of Hebrew origin [H0543]; properly firm, that is, (figuratively) trustworthy; adverbially surely (often as interjection so be it).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

1 John 5:21

_ _ Affectionate parting caution.

_ _ from idols — Christians were then everywhere surrounded by idolaters, with whom it was impossible to avoid intercourse. Hence the need of being on their guard against any even indirect compromise or act of communion with idolatry. Some at Pergamos, in the region whence John wrote, fell into the snare of eating things sacrificed to idols. The moment we cease to abide “in Him that is true (by abiding) in Jesus Christ,” we become part of “the world that lieth in the wicked one," given up to spiritual, if not in all places literal, idolatry (Ephesians 5:5; Colossians 3:5).

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on 1 John 5:18-21.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

1 John 5:21

Keep yourselves from idols — From all worship of false gods, from all worship of images or of any creature, and from every inward idol; from loving, desiring, fearing anything more than God. Seek all help and defence from evil, all happiness in the true God alone.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

1 John 5:21

(19) Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.

(19) He expresses a plain precept of taking heed of idols: which he contrasts with the only true God, that with this seal he might seal up all the former doctrine.

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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:


Exodus 20:3-4 Thou shalt have no other gods before me. ... Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness [of any thing] that [is] in heaven above, or that [is] in the earth beneath, or that [is] in the water under the earth:
1 Corinthians 10:7 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.
1 Corinthians 10:14 Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry.
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. ... Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean [thing]; and I will receive you,
Revelation 9:20 And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk:
Revelation 13:14-15 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by [the means of] those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live. ... And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
Revelation 14:11 And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.


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.
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