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

  • 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.
  • Shay
    I really appreciate 1 John 4:8. The Bible, tells us that God is love. It doesn't just say that love is one of his many admirable qualities but that God is love. It is his dominant quality, his most important one. Jehovah God does not just possess love he is the personification of it. Everything he does is guided by that quality.
  • 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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  • 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.
  • 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.

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