1 John 4:10

“Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Herein is loue, not that wee loued God, but that he loued vs, and sent his Sonne to be þe propitiation for our sins.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son {to be} the propitiation for our sins.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son `to be' the propitiation for our sins.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And this is love, not that we had love for God, but that he had love for us, and sent his Son to be an offering for our sins.
- Basic English Bible

Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son a propitiation for our sins.
- Darby Bible

In this is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
- Webster's Bible

This is love indeed--we did not love God, but He loved us and sent His Son to be an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
- Weymouth Bible

In this is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son as the atoning sacrifice for our sins.
- World English Bible

In this thing is charite, not as we hadden loued God, but for he firste louede vs, and sente hise sone foryyuenesse for oure synnes.
- Wycliffe Bible

in this is the love, not that we loved God, but that He did love us, and did send His Son a propitiation for our sins.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

People's Bible Notes for 1 John 4:10


1Jo 4:10 Herein is love. Love manifested. The heights of love are shown, not only in sending the Son, but sending him to be the propitiation for our sins; to become a sin offering for us, and to die for us. See PNT "1Jo 2:2".

Discussion for 1 John 4

  • Irene123
    Irene 123 quote - "No, none of us were/are worthy to be loved by God, but He is LOVE - so He does." 1Jn.4:8, 16.
  • Irene123
    V. 1 - " ..... but 'try' the spirits whether they are of God .... "; It took me years to understand the meaning of this. How does one 'try' someone's spirit? By the word of God, check what they've told you about scripture to see if it's in the Bible - Jn. 5:39; Acts 17:11. We are to do this with pastors also. A TRUE pastor will encourage you to check what he tells you.
  • BSP
    Jehovah God took the first step in showing love towards us before we even knew and showed love toward him as verse 10 shows.
  • Kay reeves
    Jesus is the only one that will be sitting at the right hand of the Father.He is speaking to those who hold that men cannot live victorious over the world, flesh,and the devil.Ref.James 4:4 is speaking of some of this.He definitely wasn't speaking of Himself.As you live so are you in this world.You need to study the chpt. 4:11-17
  • J
    Nice verse, I agree. When the weak don't know what to do, the strong will show them thru the gift our Creator.
  • 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

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