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

  • 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.