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

  • Anna Hall
    Great and I love this app
  • John
    Is the Bible Trivia geared to children? God Bless you, and thank you for the beautiful presentation of The Word of GOD. Thank you very much.
  • Dio
    The bright and morning star says we should love one another like we love ourselves. In this case , we will not in any way enjoy to hurt our brother or sister considering that we hurt our very self suppose we we love brother or sister as ourselves.
  • Bernadette
    I think that we are fortunate that a King died for us on Calvary's cross because of his love for us, not our love for him but his for us. So we aught to have that unconditional love for our fellowman because if we do not love our brother we cannot love God. I thank God for His Perfect Love. Also we should shine a light so that men may see and glorify God.
  • MockingBird
    If I have a love for the people that are not in with God's people , then there is something wrong with me. I that is born of God will love God's people for I am one of them. Sometimes it is hard to love one of my own , BUT that is when I am to express God's love more. As with my own natural bor. sis. It is sometimes hard to love them to. BUT if I want a fellowship with my heavenly Father then I will love both my natural and spiritual brothers and sisters. My love in this way shows a reflection of my love for God and my Lord Jesus Christ !!!! Let us love one another !!
  • Happy nkuagae
    We had been made clear by our Father that we are God's children and our God is Love so,every single day when we wake up we must know that God love us so much and if we can understand that we will love anyone on planet earth.I give thanks for this wonderful Word from 1john4 in Jesus name Amen.

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