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

  • Kay reeves
    Jesus is the only one that will be sitting at the right hand of the Father.He is speaking to those who hold that men cannot live victorious over the world, flesh,and the devil.Ref.James 4:4 is speaking of some of this.He definitely wasn't speaking of Himself.As you live so are you in this world.You need to study the chpt. 4:11-17
  • 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
  • J
    Nice verse, I agree. When the weak don't know what to do, the strong will show them thru the gift our Creator.
  • 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.
  • Cesar
    JN 1:4 In him (God) was life.
    1JN 5:11 ,that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
    JN 14:6 I am the way, the truth, and the life, no man cometh onto the Father but by me
    JN 20:31 But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God: and that believing ye might have life through his name (Jesus Christ).
    1JN 5:5 Jesus is the Son of God
  • BSP
    Verse 19 shows that God took the initiative in showing love by giving the life of Jesus in our behalf. Love does not originate with men and our love for God is really in response to His love for us.

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