1 John 4:20

“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?”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

If a man say, I loue God, and hateth his brother, he is a lyar. For hee that loueth not his brother whom hee hath seene, how can he loue God whom he hath not seene?
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

If someone says, "I love God, and hates his brother, he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

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, cannot love God whom he hath not seen.
- American Standard Version (1901)

If a man says, I have love for God, and has hate for his brother, his words are false: for how is the man who has no love for his brother whom he has seen, able to have love for God whom he has not seen?
- Basic English Bible

If any one say, I love God, and hate his brother, he is a liar: for he that loves not his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?
- Darby Bible

If a man sayeth, 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?
- Webster's Bible

If any one says that he loves God, while he hates his brother man, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother man whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen.
- Weymouth Bible

If a man says, "I love God," and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who doesn't love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?
- World English Bible

If ony man seith, that `Y loue God, and hatith his brother, he is a liere. For he that loueth not his brothir, which he seeth, hou mai he loue God, whom he seeth not?
- Wycliffe Bible

if any one may say -- `I love God,' and his brother he may hate, a liar he is; for he who is not loving his brother whom he hath seen, God -- whom he hath not seen -- how is he able to love?
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 John 4:20


4:20 Whom he hath seen - Who is daily presented to his senses, to raise his esteem, and move his kindness or compassion toward him.


People's Bible Notes for 1 John 4:20


1Jo 4:20 If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar. Yet no one can claim to love God who hates his brother. We cannot love the unseen God when we hate the brother who is in God's image.

Discussion for 1 John 4:20

  • Graham esterhuizen for verse 20
    hi good day 1 John 4 20 is my favourite vers. I am a new beginner and we had just recently started with a new ministry and i would like to talk about this vers as it is close to my hart can your plz descripe it more in detail for me of what i can talk about.Thanx
  • Nicholas Murozvi Mada for verse 20
    This so called world we live today is so self centered and hurtful because of material greedy. The scripture is very clear to us that our going to church and pretend to love God while we don 't talk to those around us, next of kin and so forth is nothing but mere stage love we show the world and God is warning on such pretences. Nicholas Murozvi Mada
  • Tommy Boima for verse 20
    Love your fellow human and show everyone kindness, by so doing you are also showing your love for God. This is one natural debt that man of every creed owed to each other. BIBLE SAYS WE OWED NO MAN NOTHING BUT LOVE.
  • Ezekiel manso for verse 20
    no one can love GOd and hate his brother because HE said if u love me keep my commandment and HIS command was love ur neighbour as ur self.
  • Timothy Wayne George for verse 20
    How can we say we love God, whom we have not seen, and hate our brother whom we see? We lie, and do not the truth. Beloved, love one another, for God is love, and who ever loves his brother is born of God. When we see our brother in need, and say be warm, be filled, without giving him those things that he needs, how say ye that the love of God abides in you? Beloved, let us not love in word, but in deed, and therefore your heart will not condemn you when you stand before judgment. Jesus has commanded a new commandment give I unto thee, that you love one another as I have loved you.

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