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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • My anxiety and panic was coming from a rejection of myself for having it. This verse freed me from it. Self hatred or rejection of parts of self cause fear. Give yourself the same respect and love you give to others. Love yourself, than you can love others.
  • God is perfect love.
    The more of Him you get filled up with then the fear must leave.
    You get filled up with Him by reading the christian Bible, fellowshipping with like-minded believers, singing songs to Him, talking with Him through out the day.
    Fears will be replaced by Jesus (perfect love).