1 John 4:8

“He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Hee that loueth not, knoweth not God: for God is loue.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
- American Standard Version (1901)

He who has no love has no knowledge of God, because God is love.
- Basic English Bible

He that loves not has not known God; for God is love.
- Darby Bible

He that loveth not, knoweth not God; for God is love.
- Webster's Bible

He who is destitute of love has never had any knowledge of God; because God is love.
- Weymouth Bible

He who doesn't love doesn't know God, for God is love.
- World English Bible

He that loueth not, knowith not God; for God is charite.
- Wycliffe Bible

he who is not loving did not know God, because God is love.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 John 4:8


4:8 God is love - This little sentence brought St. John more sweetness, even in the time he was writing it, than the whole world can bring. God is often styled holy, righteous, wise; but not holiness, righteousness, or wisdom in the abstract, as he is said to be love; intimating that this is his darling, his reigning attribute, the attribute that sheds an amiable glory on all his other perfections.


People's Bible Notes for 1 John 4:8


1Jo 4:8 He that loveth not knoweth not God. He who knows not God does not love.

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

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