1 John 4:16

“And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And we haue knowen and beleeued the loue that God hath to vs. God is loue, and hee that dwelleth in loue, dwelleth in God, and God in him.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And we know and have believed the love which God hath in us. God is love; and he that abideth in love abideth in God, and God abideth in him.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And we have seen and had faith in the love which God has for us. God is love, and everyone who has love is in God, and God is in him.
- Basic English Bible

And *we* have known and have believed the love which God has to us. God is love, and he that abides in love abides in God, and God in him.
- Darby Bible

And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love: and he that dwelleth in love, dwelleth in God, and God in him.
- Webster's Bible

And, as for us, we know the love which God has for us, and we confide in it. God is love, and he who continues to love continues in union with God, and God continues in union with him.
- Weymouth Bible

We know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and he who remains in love remains in God, and God remains in him.
- World English Bible

And we han knowun, and bileuen to the charite, that God hath in vs. God is charite, and he that dwellith in charite, dwellith in God, and God in hym.
- Wycliffe Bible

and we -- we have known and believed the love, that God hath in us; God is love, and he who is remaining in the love, in God he doth remain, and God in him.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 John 4:16


4:16 And we know and believe - By the same Spirit, the love that God hath to us.


People's Bible Notes for 1 John 4:16


1Jo 4:16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. "We know and have believed" (Revised Version). The love of God is a matter of knowledge and was a matter of faith. Love binds us to God.

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?