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

  • 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