1 John 4:20

“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?”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

If a man say, I loue God, and hateth his brother, he is a lyar. For hee that loueth not his brother whom hee hath seene, how can he loue God whom he hath not seene?
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

If someone says, "I love God, and hates his brother, he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

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, cannot love God whom he hath not seen.
- American Standard Version (1901)

If a man says, I have love for God, and has hate for his brother, his words are false: for how is the man who has no love for his brother whom he has seen, able to have love for God whom he has not seen?
- Basic English Bible

If any one say, I love God, and hate his brother, he is a liar: for he that loves not his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?
- Darby Bible

If a man sayeth, 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?
- Webster's Bible

If any one says that he loves God, while he hates his brother man, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother man whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen.
- Weymouth Bible

If a man says, "I love God," and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who doesn't love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?
- World English Bible

If ony man seith, that `Y loue God, and hatith his brother, he is a liere. For he that loueth not his brothir, which he seeth, hou mai he loue God, whom he seeth not?
- Wycliffe Bible

if any one may say -- `I love God,' and his brother he may hate, a liar he is; for he who is not loving his brother whom he hath seen, God -- whom he hath not seen -- how is he able to love?
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 John 4:20


4:20 Whom he hath seen - Who is daily presented to his senses, to raise his esteem, and move his kindness or compassion toward him.


People's Bible Notes for 1 John 4:20


1Jo 4:20 If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar. Yet no one can claim to love God who hates his brother. We cannot love the unseen God when we hate the brother who is in God's image.

Discussion for 1 John 4

  • Lilian
    First we need to accept Jesus Christ in our life and love him trust him with all our heart. BELIEVE THAT JESUS CHRIST IS THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD. I WILL PRAISE HIM AND THANKED HIS BLOOD FOREVER. GOD HIMSELF WILL EMPART HIS LOVE AND FAITH TO US COZ THIS THE GIFT TO THOSE WHO DILIGENTLY SEEKING HIM. IF WE LOVE GOD AND OBEY HIS WORDS THEN WE CAN OVERCOME THE FEAR AND TURN INTO PERFECT LOVE. AMEN
  • Joshua
    Jesus Christ IS COME in the flesh.
  • Norm
    Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee: As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him.
  • Stephen F. Zielski
    Our Heavenly Abba Dad and God Almighty Yahwehs Holy Word is simply to understand if you let the Word itself speak to you. We must all come back to the integrity of the Holy Word in and of itself in which men a.k.a religion have done to it. Apocalypse/Apokalypsis- Things that are hidden secret/reveal/disclosure. Restoration is come. Glory to God through Christ our Blessed Lord Amen and Amen.
  • Stephen F. Zielski
    Christ Yeshua Jesus had Truly come in the flesh, died on the cross, buried, God raised Him up from the dead on the third day and He walked the earth for forty days and rose up unto Heaven, Glorfied and seated at Abba Dad Gods Right Hand and Lives, Reigns and maketh intersession for all His Holy Saints until all is fulfilled in this end of the age of the gentiles, unto the Gathering up Glory to God
  • 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.

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