1 John 4:16
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New International Version
And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.

New Living Translation
We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them.

English Standard Version
So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.

New American Standard Bible
We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.

King James Bible
And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
And we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and the one who remains in love remains in God, and God remains in him.

International Standard Version
We have come to know and rely on the love that God has for us. God is love, and the person who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.

NET Bible
And we have come to know and to believe the love that God has in us. God is love, and the one who resides in love resides in God, and God resides in him.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And we believe and we know the love that God has for us, for God is love, and everyone who dwells in love dwells in God.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
We have known and believed that God loves us. God is love. Those who live in God's love live in God, and God lives in them.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And we have known and believed the charity that God has in us. God is charity, and he that abides in charity abides in God, and God in him.

King James 2000 Bible
And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love; and he that dwells in love dwells in God, and God in him.

American King James Version
And we have known and believed the love that God has to us. God is love; and he that dwells in love dwells in God, and God in him.

American Standard Version
And we know and have believed the love which God hath in us. God is love; and he that abideth in love abideth in God, and God abideth in him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And we have known, and have believed the charity, which God hath to us. God is charity: and he that abideth in charity, abideth in God, and God in him.

Darby Bible Translation
And *we* have known and have believed the love which God has to us. God is love, and he that abides in love abides in God, and God in him.

English Revised Version
And we know and have believed the love which God hath in us. God is love; and he that abideth in love abideth in God, and God abideth in him.

Webster's Bible Translation
And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love: and he that dwelleth in love, dwelleth in God, and God in him.

Weymouth New Testament
And, as for us, we know the love which God has for us, and we confide in it. God is love, and he who continues to love continues in union with God, and God continues in union with him.

World English Bible
We know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and he who remains in love remains in God, and God remains in him.

Young's Literal Translation
and we -- we have known and believed the love, that God hath in us; God is love, and he who is remaining in the love, in God he doth remain, and God in him.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

4:14-21 The Father sent the Son, he willed his coming into this world. The apostle attests this. And whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God. This confession includes faith in the heart as the foundation; makes acknowledgment with the mouth to the glory of God and Christ, and profession in the life and conduct, against the flatteries and frowns of the world. There must be a day of universal judgment. Happy those who shall have holy boldness before the Judge at that day; knowing he is their Friend and Advocate! Happy those who have holy boldness in the prospect of that day, who look and wait for it, and for the Judge's appearance! True love to God assures believers of God's love to them. Love teaches us to suffer for him and with him; therefore we may trust that we shall also be glorified with him, 2Ti 2:12. We must distinguish between the fear of God and being afraid of him; the fear of God imports high regard and veneration for God. Obedience and good works, done from the principle of love, are not like the servile toil of one who unwillingly labours from dread of a master's anger. They are like that of a dutiful child, who does services to a beloved father, which benefit his brethren, and are done willingly. It is a sign that our love is far from perfect, when our doubts, fears, and apprehensions of God, are many. Let heaven and earth stand amazed at his love. He sent his word to invite sinners to partake of this great salvation. Let them take the comfort of the happy change wrought in them, while they give him the glory. The love of God in Christ, in the hearts of Christians from the Spirit of adoption, is the great proof of conversion. This must be tried by its effects on their temper, and their conduct to their brethren. If a man professes to love God, and yet indulges anger or revenge, or shows a selfish disposition, he gives his profession the lie. But if it is plain that our natural enmity is changed into affection and gratitude, let us bless the name of our God for this seal and earnest of eternal happiness. Then we differ from the false professors, who pretend to love God, whom they have not seen, yet hate their brethren, whom they have seen.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 16. - And we have come to know and believe. Both perfects are virtually presents, expressing the present continuance of a condition begun in the past: "We know and continue to believe." Experience and faith are intimately connected; and sometimes the one precedes, sometimes the other (John 6:69). As in verse 9 ἐν ἡμῖν should be rendered in us, not "to us" or "toward us;" and here also the interpretation, "in our case," is certainly possible, and perhaps safer. But the meaning may be that the object of our knowledge and faith is that portion of his own love which God has in us. It is "in us," and is exercised towards him and our brethren, but in reality it is his - it is himself abiding in us. In either case love is the object of our faith. Thus love is not only the true note of the Church (John 13:35), it is also the Church's creed. The second half of the verse restates the main proposition of this section with a view to further development.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And we have known and believed,.... Or have a full assurance and knowledge of, and faith in,

the love that God hath to us; shown as in many instances, so more especially in sending his Son to be the propitiation for our sins, to be the Saviour of us, and that we might live through him.

God is love; See Gill on 1 John 4:8,

and he that dwelleth in love; who dwells by faith upon the love of God as displayed in Christ, and abides in the exercise of love to God and to the saints:

dwelleth in God, and God in him; See Gill on 1 John 4:13; the last clause, "and God in him", is left out in the Syriac version.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

16. And we—John and his readers (not as 1Jo 4:14, the apostles only).

known and believed—True faith, according to John, is a faith of knowledge and experience: true knowledge is a knowledge of faith [Luecke].

to us—Greek, "in our case" (see on [2648]1Jo 4:9).

dwelleth—Greek, "abideth." Compare with this verse, 1Jo 4:7.

1 John 4:16 Additional Commentaries
Context
Love Comes from God
15Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. 16We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. 17By this, love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because as He is, so also are we in this world.…
Cross References
John 6:69
We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God."

John 9:3
"Neither this man nor his parents sinned," said Jesus, "but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.

1 John 4:7
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.

1 John 4:8
Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.

1 John 4:9
This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.

1 John 4:12
No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.
Treasury of Scripture

And we have known and believed the love that God has to us. God is love; and he that dwells in love dwells in God, and God in him.

we. See on ver.

1 John 4:9,10 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God …

1 John 3:1,16 Behold, what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we …

Psalm 18:1-3 I will love you, O LORD, my strength…

Psalm 31:19 Oh how great is your goodness, which you have laid up for them that fear you…

Psalm 36:7-9 How excellent is your loving kindness, O God! therefore the children …

Isaiah 64:4 For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived …

1 Corinthians 2:9 But as it is written, Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither have …

God is love. See on ver.

1 John 4:8,12,13 He that loves not knows not God; for God is love…

and he.

1 John 4:12 No man has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwells …

1 John 3:24 And he that keeps his commandments dwells in him, and he in him. …

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