1 John 4:18

“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

There is no feare in loue, but perfect loue casteth out feare: because feare hath torment: hee that feareth, is not made perfect in loue.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

There is no fear in love: but perfect love casteth out fear, because fear hath punishment; and he that feareth is not made perfect in love.
- American Standard Version (1901)

There is no fear in love: true love has no room for fear, because where fear is, there is pain; and he who is not free from fear is not complete in love.
- Basic English Bible

There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has torment, and he that fears has not been made perfect in love.
- Darby Bible

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth, is not made perfect in love.
- Webster's Bible

Love has in it no element of fear; but perfect love drives away fear, because fear involves pain, and if a man gives way to fear, there is something imperfect in his love.
- Weymouth Bible

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear has punishment. He who fears is not made perfect in love.
- World English Bible

Drede is not in charite, but perfit charite puttith out drede; for drede hath peyne. But he that dredith, is not perfit in charite.
- Wycliffe Bible

fear is not in the love, but the perfect love doth cast out the fear, because the fear hath punishment, and he who is fearing hath not been made perfect in the love;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 John 4:18


4:18 There is no fear in love - No slavish fear can be where love reigns. But perfect, adult love casteth out slavish fear: because such fear hath torment - And so is inconsistent with the happiness of love. A natural man has neither fear nor love; one that is awakened, fear without love; a babe in Christ, love and fear; a father in Christ, love without fear.


People's Bible Notes for 1 John 4:18


1Jo 4:18 There is no fear in love. There may be reverential fear, but there is no terror. Fear of God gives way to love. Fear hath torment. Because it fills us with forebodings.

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