“He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.”
King James Version (KJV)
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.
1Jo 4:8 He that loveth not knoweth not God. He who knows not God does not love.