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

  • A disciple
    "Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another." What makes people not love their neighbor or even their brother or sister in the Lord? If we are to love one another as Christ has loved us, then we must have the same character, nature and Spirit as Christ. Jesus said, that not understanding His speech is because of not being able to hear His word. That implies the need for a new creation, and having completely abandoned the old! That means a penitent and converted heart that henceforth longs for God and seeks His mercy, acceptance and blessing, and a mind no longer completely enthralled with self or the letcheries of its former life but being born anew, born from above, born of the Word and of the Spirit, TO BE THE CHILDREN, THE REPLICATIONS OF GOD! By this we know that we know God and keep His commandments, BECAUSE WE LOVE THE BRETHREN!
  • Michael
    Has no man seen God? Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us. 9Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?
  • Joan
    We must believe in our hearts that Jesus Christ suffered bleed and died for our sins and must confess it with our mouth than we are saved from our sins. There is one GOD, one FAITH and one Baptism. There is no other god but JESUS. No other God but Jesus can offer eternal life. Jesus died for our sins and we have been bought with a price. If you don't believe just fall on your knees and say Jesus!
  • Steve morrow
    1 JOHN 2:3 and hereby we do know that we know HIM --IF-- we keep HIS commandments --2:4--he that saith --- I know HIM --- and keepeth not HIS commandments is a liar --- and the truth is not in him --2:5-- but whoso keepeth HIS word in him verily is the love of GOD perfected hereby know we that we are in HIM --2:6--he that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk even as HE walked
  • Victoria
    1 John 4 vs 20 If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?
  • Steve morrow
    1 JOHN 4:15 whosoever shall confess that JESUS is --- THE SON OF GOD --- GOD dwelleth in him and he in GOD 2 TIMOTHY 2:19 nevertheless the foundation of GOD standeth sure having this seal THE LORD knoweth them that are HIS and let --everyone-- that nameth the --- name of CHRIST --- depart from iniquity ACTS :3:26 unto you first GOD having raised up HIS SON JESUS sent HIM to bless you in turning away everyone of you from his iniquities JOHN 5:34 but I receive not testimony from man but theses things ---I SAY --- that you might be saved ---