1 John 2:15 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

1 John 2:15, NIV: Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them.

1 John 2:15, ESV: Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

1 John 2:15, KJV: Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

1 John 2:15, NASB: Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

1 John 2:15, NLT: Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you.

1 John 2:15, CSB: Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

What does 1 John 2:15 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Following his words to three distinct sets of believers, John instructs all three groups not to be overly attached to worldly (non-spiritual) things. Believers are to love God and one another, not the world or possessions. The term "world" is not a reference to the planet, or even to all material things. In this context, the term "world" is a reference to the fallen, man-centered system, or way of life. John gives a specific definition of this term in verse 16. Someone who loves the way this world operates, including its control by sin, is a person who cannot also focus on the Father's will.

John emphasizes this theme by saying that those who love the world, in that sense, cannot really love God. These strong words highlight the contrast between love of the world and love of the Father. Jesus offered an example of this contrast when He was tempted by Satan in the wilderness. Satan told Jesus He could rule all the kingdoms of the world—if He would bow down to him. Jesus replied, "Be gone, Satan! For it is written, 'You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve'" (Matthew 4:10).