Knowing the True—Rejecting the False

18 We know that (A)whoever is born of God does not sin; but he who has been born of God (B)keeps[a] [b]himself, and the wicked one does not touch him.

19 We know that we are of God, and (C)the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one.

20 And we know that the (D)Son of God has come and (E)has given us an understanding, (F)that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. (G)This is the true God (H)and eternal life.

21 Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.

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Footnotes

  1. 1 John 5:18 guards
  2. 1 John 5:18 NU him

(A)“You shall have no other gods before Me.

(B)“You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; (C)you shall not bow down to them nor [a]serve them. (D)For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, (E)visiting[b] the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me,

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Footnotes

  1. Exodus 20:5 worship
  2. Exodus 20:5 punishing

Beware of False Gods

29 “When (A)the Lord your God cuts off from before you the nations which you go to dispossess, and you displace them and dwell in their land, 30 take heed to yourself that you are not ensnared to follow them, after they are destroyed from before you, and that you do not inquire after their gods, saying, ‘How did these nations serve their gods? I also will do likewise.’ 31 (B)You shall not worship the Lord your God in that way; for every [a]abomination to the Lord which He hates they have done to their gods; for (C)they burn even their sons and daughters in the fire to their gods.

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Footnotes

  1. Deuteronomy 12:31 detestable action

35 (A)But they mingled with the Gentiles
And learned their works;
36 (B)They served their idols,
(C)Which became a snare to them.
37 (D)They even sacrificed their sons
And their daughters to (E)demons,

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18 “What profit is the image, that its maker should carve it,
The molded image, a teacher of lies,
That the maker of its mold should trust in it,
To make mute idols?
19 Woe to him who says to wood, ‘Awake!’
To silent stone, ‘Arise! It shall teach!’
Behold, it is overlaid with gold and silver,
Yet in it there is no breath at all.

20 “But(A) the Lord is in His holy temple.
Let all the earth keep silence before Him.”

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(A)Their land is also full of idols;
They worship the work of their own hands,
That which their own fingers have made.

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17 The [a]loftiness of man shall be bowed down,
And the haughtiness of men shall be brought low;
The Lord alone will be exalted in that day,
18 But the idols [b]He shall utterly abolish.

19 They shall go into the (A)holes of the rocks,
And into the caves of the [c]earth,
(B)From the terror of the Lord
And the glory of His majesty,
When He arises (C)to shake the earth mightily.

20 In that day a man will cast away his idols of silver
And his idols of gold,
Which they made, each for himself to worship,
To the moles and bats,
21 To go into the clefts of the rocks,
And into the crags of the rugged rocks,
From the terror of the Lord
And the glory of His majesty,
When He arises to shake the earth mightily.

22 (D)Sever[d] yourselves from such a man,
Whose (E)breath is in his nostrils;
For [e]of what account is he?

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 2:17 pride
  2. Isaiah 2:18 Or shall utterly vanish
  3. Isaiah 2:19 Lit. dust
  4. Isaiah 2:22 Lit. Cease yourselves from the man
  5. Isaiah 2:22 Lit. in what is he to be esteemed