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

  • 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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