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

  • Eric
    And it shall be for a sign and for a witness unto the LORD of hosts in the land of Egypt: for they shall cry unto the LORD because of the oppressors, and he shall send them a saviour, and a great one, and he shall deliver them. The God of my rock in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour thou savest me from violence. I, even I, am the LORD and beside me there is no saviour. But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:
  • Michael
    I agree toatly,cause he loves us no matter what
  • Lilian
    If we have the holy spirit dwelleth in us and his words we can easily love one another coz the holy spirit will guide us. Jesus loves us and he will never give up on me so do I. Thanks to the blood of Jesus from his blood i received life in abundance, i am able to praise and worship him, i am able to love someone , Jesus loves me more even i couldn't love myself thank you Jesus for your favor amen
  • Jack Hughes
    What are you talking about ? We should love one another always no matter what the reason is ! God loved us so we should return the same love!
  • MockingBird
    The Love of God is working it's Greatest in me when I am having difficulty in giving the Love of God to them that I know is best for them and Yes , For me !! It profits me to love the unloveable : There was and is still times that I am unloveable and yet , God still shows His love to me . So ought I to show the same kind of Love !!
  • J
    Nice verse, I agree. When the weak don't know what to do, the strong will show them thru the gift our Creator.

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