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

  • Cesar
    JN 1:4 In him (God) was life.
    1JN 5:11 ,that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
    JN 14:6 I am the way, the truth, and the life, no man cometh onto the Father but by me
    JN 20:31 But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God: and that believing ye might have life through his name (Jesus Christ).
    1JN 5:5 Jesus is the Son of God
  • BSP
    Verse 19 shows that God took the initiative in showing love by giving the life of Jesus in our behalf. Love does not originate with men and our love for God is really in response to His love for us.
  • Lilian
    For God is love if we abide God and his words into our life then we receive the Gift of Love that God had imparted in us. To love one another is a perfect obedience into his words. He who loves Jesus will keep his words until rapture. We must be born again in spirit and not in the flesh walk with faith and not by sight. We need to fix our eyes to Jesus. Lets give thanks to the blood and Praise him
  • 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.

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