1 John 4:12

“No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

No man hath seene God at any time. If wee loue one another, God dwelleth in vs, and his loue is perfected in vs.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

No one has seen God at any time; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

No man hath beheld God at any time: if we love one another, God abideth in us, and his love is perfected in us:
- American Standard Version (1901)

No man has ever seen God: if we have love for one another, God is in us and his love is made complete in us:
- Basic English Bible

No one has seen God at any time: if we love one another, God abides in us, and his love is perfected in us.
- Darby Bible

No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.
- Webster's Bible

No one has ever yet seen God. If we love one another, God continues in union with us, and His love in all its perfection is in our hearts.
- Weymouth Bible

No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God remains in us, and his love has been perfected in us.
- World English Bible

No man say euer God; if we louen togidre, God dwellith in vs, and the charite of hym is perfit in vs.
- Wycliffe Bible

God no one hath ever seen; if we may love one another, God in us doth remain, and His love is having been perfected in us;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 John 4:12


4:12 If we love one another, God abideth in us - This is treated of, #1John 4:13 |- 16. And his love is perfected - Has its full effect. In us - This is treated of, #1John 4:17 |- 19.


People's Bible Notes for 1 John 4:12


1Jo 4:12 No man hath seen God at any time. He is invisible to mortal eyes, yet we may have a sense of his presence in us. If we love each other he dwells in us. His love is perfected in us. It is made complete by our loving each other. It is incomplete unless his love for us is supplemented by brotherly love. This love in us is the proof that God is in us.

Discussion for 1 John 4

  • Billy Ray
    1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. Fear is an emotion straight for the evil one. God is love. God will give us the courage to resist the evil one
  • A disciple
    "They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world hears them. We are of God: he that knows God hears us; he that is not of God hears not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error." With profound depth and maturity in the Spirit, John affirms to us our authority in the Glad Tidings; and that WE are the face of God before the world. (1 Corinthians 6:2)!!!
  • Bruce
    Fred: The only way to know is with The Spirit living within your Heart. This happens when you're Born-again:You fell a tug in your Heart,The Lord telling you You need Him. Ask Forgiveness. You will be Washed by His Blood. Baptized with The Holy Ghost. You will be New,Changed,you will know, Impossible not too! John 6:44, 1John 1:9, Revelation 1:5, Mark1:8
  • Brenda
    2 Chronicles 7:14 - If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, and forgive their sins, and heal their land.
  • Lu2677
    Fredscanlan,You ask"where is this love he speaks of?" answer is in His Word.Romans 11:36"For of him, and through him, and to him are all things, to whom be glory forever." ALL THINGS. Ecc.8:5, Ecc.9:3, Luke 6:45, etc.Seek God He is Love!
    After he saved me this is one of the 1st verse that he gave me understanding of,Romans 11:36. And Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Amen
  • Fredscanlan
    Why is my spirit not able to grasp this thing john speaks of? John was with the Christ, He experienced the relationship, he saw the Christ! Why ,why ,why is this so hard for me to understand? This Love he speaks of. How will i never Know it? Since my youth, Where is this Love he speaks of?