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

  • Richard Martino
    I know that without Jesus in our hearts we are not able to Love, God is love. We love Him because He loved us first 1John4:19
  • 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.
  • Karen
    You can love one another and still choose to not put yourself around them...So therefore love even the wicked, but don't hang with em..... Their misbehaving is between them and God. Lead by example
  • Norm
    Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit. Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. 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? And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.

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