1 John 4:8

“He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Hee that loueth not, knoweth not God: for God is loue.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
- American Standard Version (1901)

He who has no love has no knowledge of God, because God is love.
- Basic English Bible

He that loves not has not known God; for God is love.
- Darby Bible

He that loveth not, knoweth not God; for God is love.
- Webster's Bible

He who is destitute of love has never had any knowledge of God; because God is love.
- Weymouth Bible

He who doesn't love doesn't know God, for God is love.
- World English Bible

He that loueth not, knowith not God; for God is charite.
- Wycliffe Bible

he who is not loving did not know God, because God is love.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 John 4:8


4:8 God is love - This little sentence brought St. John more sweetness, even in the time he was writing it, than the whole world can bring. God is often styled holy, righteous, wise; but not holiness, righteousness, or wisdom in the abstract, as he is said to be love; intimating that this is his darling, his reigning attribute, the attribute that sheds an amiable glory on all his other perfections.


People's Bible Notes for 1 John 4:8


1Jo 4:8 He that loveth not knoweth not God. He who knows not God does not love.

Discussion for 1 John 4

  • Billy Ray
    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. Fear is an emotion straight for the evil one. God is love. God will give us the courage to resist the evil one
  • A disciple
    "They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world hears them. We are of God: he that knows God hears us; he that is not of God hears not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error." With profound depth and maturity in the Spirit, John affirms to us our authority in the Glad Tidings; and that WE are the face of God before the world. (1 Corinthians 6:2)!!!
  • Bruce
    Fred: The only way to know is with The Spirit living within your Heart. This happens when you're Born-again:You fell a tug in your Heart,The Lord telling you You need Him. Ask Forgiveness. You will be Washed by His Blood. Baptized with The Holy Ghost. You will be New,Changed,you will know, Impossible not too! John 6:44, 1John 1:9, Revelation 1:5, Mark1:8
  • Brenda
    2 Chronicles 7:14 - If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, and forgive their sins, and heal their land.
  • Lu2677
    Fredscanlan,You ask"where is this love he speaks of?" answer is in His Word.Romans 11:36"For of him, and through him, and to him are all things, to whom be glory forever." ALL THINGS. Ecc.8:5, Ecc.9:3, Luke 6:45, etc.Seek God He is Love!
    After he saved me this is one of the 1st verse that he gave me understanding of,Romans 11:36. And Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Amen
  • Fredscanlan
    Why is my spirit not able to grasp this thing john speaks of? John was with the Christ, He experienced the relationship, he saw the Christ! Why ,why ,why is this so hard for me to understand? This Love he speaks of. How will i never Know it? Since my youth, Where is this Love he speaks of?

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