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.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

There is no feare in loue, but perfect loue casteth out feare: because feare hath torment: hee that feareth, is not made perfect in loue.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

There is no fear in love: but perfect love casteth out fear, because fear hath punishment; and he that feareth is not made perfect in love.
- American Standard Version (1901)

There is no fear in love: true love has no room for fear, because where fear is, there is pain; and he who is not free from fear is not complete in love.
- Basic English Bible

There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has torment, and he that fears has not been made perfect in love.
- Darby Bible

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.
- Webster's Bible

Love has in it no element of fear; but perfect love drives away fear, because fear involves pain, and if a man gives way to fear, there is something imperfect in his love.
- Weymouth Bible

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear has punishment. He who fears is not made perfect in love.
- World English Bible

Drede is not in charite, but perfit charite puttith out drede; for drede hath peyne. But he that dredith, is not perfit in charite.
- Wycliffe Bible

fear is not in the love, but the perfect love doth cast out the fear, because the fear hath punishment, and he who is fearing hath not been made perfect in the love;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 John 4:18


4:18 There is no fear in love - No slavish fear can be where love reigns. But perfect, adult love casteth out slavish fear: because such fear hath torment - And so is inconsistent with the happiness of love. A natural man has neither fear nor love; one that is awakened, fear without love; a babe in Christ, love and fear; a father in Christ, love without fear.


People's Bible Notes for 1 John 4:18


1Jo 4:18 There is no fear in love. There may be reverential fear, but there is no terror. Fear of God gives way to love. Fear hath torment. Because it fills us with forebodings.

Discussion for 1 John 4:18

  • Moses Njenga for verse 18
    GOD works in an atmosphere of faith, satan has a free hand where there is fear, ask Job of old. When love reveals Himself GOD is Love fear will have no place,and satan will have to watch you at a distant.
  • Fear actually paralyses faith and makes it inactive. Therefore we have to step out by faith and drop off every trace of unbelief an fear.
  • MockingBird for verse 18
    There are only two forces Fear Faith Faith worketh by love. Fear activates the devil to manifest himself and faith that worketh by love casts out fear. Fear will come against us but we do not have to go with it. Perfect love casts out fear. Sometimes fear is so strong that you think that a thing you are fearing will happen but with power of Holy Spirit Love we can cast out that fear and be at peace and rest. Praise God !! Perfect love is Jesus !!
  • Sebastian for verse 18
    "For God hath not given us a spirit of fear; but of power, and of a love, and of a sound mind". 2 Tim 1:7
  • This is a powerful verse showing how love is way more superior than fear. True love can cause one to overcome their fears and risk their lives for what they love.
  • Happiness John for verse 18
    Jn.14:15 says, if you love me keep my commandment.
    The only way one can be perfect in love is by keeping or obeying God's commandment, reading the scripture, singing songs of praises to God, pleasing God with your daily services, and been prayerful always. A feeling of glad any time you do some good or pleasant, that is the presents of the spirit of God in a man.
    Then, the spirit of God in you will automatically tell you, you don't have reason to fear any circumtances.