1 John 4:16

“And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And we haue knowen and beleeued the loue that God hath to vs. God is loue, and hee that dwelleth in loue, dwelleth in God, and God in him.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And we know and have believed the love which God hath in us. God is love; and he that abideth in love abideth in God, and God abideth in him.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And we have seen and had faith in the love which God has for us. God is love, and everyone who has love is in God, and God is in him.
- Basic English Bible

And *we* have known and have believed the love which God has to us. God is love, and he that abides in love abides in God, and God in him.
- Darby Bible

And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love: and he that dwelleth in love, dwelleth in God, and God in him.
- Webster's Bible

And, as for us, we know the love which God has for us, and we confide in it. God is love, and he who continues to love continues in union with God, and God continues in union with him.
- Weymouth Bible

We know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and he who remains in love remains in God, and God remains in him.
- World English Bible

And we han knowun, and bileuen to the charite, that God hath in vs. God is charite, and he that dwellith in charite, dwellith in God, and God in hym.
- Wycliffe Bible

and we -- we have known and believed the love, that God hath in us; God is love, and he who is remaining in the love, in God he doth remain, and God in him.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 John 4:16


4:16 And we know and believe - By the same Spirit, the love that God hath to us.


People's Bible Notes for 1 John 4:16


1Jo 4:16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. "We know and have believed" (Revised Version). The love of God is a matter of knowledge and was a matter of faith. Love binds us to God.

Discussion for 1 John 4

  • Brother William
    If we love one another as children of God then we know we have passed from death unto life. But if we say we know God and walk in darkness, we lie as children of darkness. There is a difference between the holy and the profane. God is not mocked.
  • Stephen F. Zielski
    The Word of God means what it says and says what it means when Rightly Divided. All those who pray in the Holy Spirit {TONGUES} have proof positive in the natural realm of the Living Power and Presence in the natural realm of Christ Yeshua Jesus in them Amen indeed. Tongues was freely given to all who believe for a reason. Start with the book of Acts. Praise God for this most Precious Gift Amen !
  • Gbyrd
    For me we have to love Jesus first and then we will be able to love others
  • Corey
    Amen Sister Bernadette we should All have and share that unconditional love and compassion that Christ shares with us day in and day out. We should be thankful and great full to be able to serve Him. May the Father continue to bless and keep us as we strive to please Him.
  • Taylor
    Verse 9 reminds us that Jehovah God gave us the greatest possible gift of love when he sent his precious Son, Jesus, to the earth.
  • Pat mss
    It is a blessing to feel that way, however, it is sad because I do see a lot, because I want to receive love from others the same way I share it with others