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1 John 2:17

    1 John 2:17 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And the world passes away, and the lust thereof: but he that does the will of God stays for ever.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And the world and its desires is coming to an end: but he who does God's pleasure is living for ever.

    Webster's Revision

    And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

    World English Bible

    The world is passing away with its lusts, but he who does God's will remains forever.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

    Clarke's Commentary on 1 John 2:17

    The world passeth away - All these things are continually fading and perishing; and the very state in which they are possessed is changing perpetually, and the earth and its works will be shortly burnt up.

    And the lust thereof - The men of this world, their vain pursuits, and delusive pleasures, are passing away in their successive generations, and their very memory perishes; but he that doeth the will of God - that seeks the pleasure, profit, and honor that comes from above, shall abide for ever, always happy through time and eternity, because God, the unchangeable source of felicity, is his portion.

    Barnes' Notes on 1 John 2:17

    And the world passeth away - Everything properly constituting this world where religion is excluded. The reference here does not seem to be so much to the material world, as to the scenes of show and vanity which make up the world. These things are passing away like the shifting scenes of the stage. See the notes at 1 Corinthians 7:31.

    And the lust thereof - All that is here so much the object of desire. These things are like a pageant, which only amuses the eye for a moment, and then disappears forever.

    But he that doeth the will of God abideth forever - This cannot mean that he will never die; but it means that he has built his happiness on a basis which is secure, and which can never pass away. Compare the notes at Matthew 7:24-27.

    Wesley's Notes on 1 John 2:17

    2:17 The world passeth away, and the desire thereof - That is, all that can gratify those desires passeth away with it. But he that doeth the will of God - That loves God, not the world. Abideth - In the enjoyment of what he loves, for ever.