1 John 5:19

19 We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one.

Read 1 John 5:19 Using Other Translations

And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness.
We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.
We know that we are children of God and that the world around us is under the control of the evil one.

What does 1 John 5:19 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
1 John 5:19

[And] we know that we are of God
The sons of God, and regenerated by him; this is known by the Spirit of God, which witnesses to the spirits of the saints that they are the children of God; and by the fruits and effects of regenerating grace, as love to the brethren, and the like:

and the whole world lies in wickedness;
that is, the men of the world, the greater part of the inhabitants of it, who are as they were when they came into it, not being born of God; these are addicted to sin and, wickedness; the bias of their minds is to it, they are set upon it, and give themselves up to it, are immersed in it, and are under the power of it: or "in the wicked one"; Satan, the god of this world; they are under his influence, and led according to his will, and they are governed by him, and are at his beck and command; and this is known, by sad experience, it is easy of observation;

``And cannot comprehend the things that are promised to the righteous in time to come: for this world is full of unrighteousness and infirmities.'' (2 Esdras 4:27)

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