1 John 4:10

“Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Herein is loue, not that wee loued God, but that he loued vs, and sent his Sonne to be þe propitiation for our sins.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son {to be} the propitiation for our sins.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son `to be' the propitiation for our sins.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And this is love, not that we had love for God, but that he had love for us, and sent his Son to be an offering for our sins.
- Basic English Bible

Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son a propitiation for our sins.
- Darby Bible

In this is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
- Webster's Bible

This is love indeed--we did not love God, but He loved us and sent His Son to be an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
- Weymouth Bible

In this is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son as the atoning sacrifice for our sins.
- World English Bible

In this thing is charite, not as we hadden loued God, but for he firste louede vs, and sente hise sone foryyuenesse for oure synnes.
- Wycliffe Bible

in this is the love, not that we loved God, but that He did love us, and did send His Son a propitiation for our sins.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

People's Bible Notes for 1 John 4:10


1Jo 4:10 Herein is love. Love manifested. The heights of love are shown, not only in sending the Son, but sending him to be the propitiation for our sins; to become a sin offering for us, and to die for us. See PNT "1Jo 2:2".

Discussion for 1 John 4

  • Richard Martino
    I know that without Jesus in our hearts we are not able to Love, God is love. We love Him because He loved us first 1John4:19
  • Jack Hughes
    What are you talking about ? We should love one another always no matter what the reason is ! God loved us so we should return the same love!
  • MockingBird
    The Love of God is working it's Greatest in me when I am having difficulty in giving the Love of God to them that I know is best for them and Yes , For me !! It profits me to love the unloveable : There was and is still times that I am unloveable and yet , God still shows His love to me . So ought I to show the same kind of Love !!
  • J
    Nice verse, I agree. When the weak don't know what to do, the strong will show them thru the gift our Creator.
  • Karen
    You can love one another and still choose to not put yourself around them...So therefore love even the wicked, but don't hang with em..... Their misbehaving is between them and God. Lead by example
  • Norm
    Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit. Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.

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