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

  • 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