1 John 4:21
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New International Version
And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.

New Living Translation
And he has given us this command: Those who love God must also love their Christian brothers and sisters.

English Standard Version
And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.

Berean Study Bible
And we have this commandment from Him: Whoever loves God must love his brother as well.

Berean Literal Bible
And this commandment we have from Him, that the one loving God should love his brother also.

New American Standard Bible
And this commandment we have from Him, that the one who loves God should love his brother also.

King James Bible
And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
And we have this command from Him: The one who loves God must also love his brother.

International Standard Version
And this is the commandment that we have from him: the person who loves God must also love his brother.

NET Bible
And the commandment we have from him is this: that the one who loves God should love his fellow Christian too.

New Heart English Bible
This commandment we have from him, that he who loves God should also love his brother.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And we have received this commandment from him: “Everyone who loves God shall love his brother also.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Christ has given us this commandment: The person who loves God must also love other believers.

New American Standard 1977
And this commandment we have from Him, that the one who loves God should love his brother also.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And we have this commandment from him, That he who loves God loves his brother also.

King James 2000 Bible
And this commandment have we from him, That he who loves God love his brother also.

American King James Version
And this commandment have we from him, That he who loves God love his brother also.

American Standard Version
And this commandment have we from him, that he who loveth God love his brother also.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And this commandment we have from God, that he, who loveth God, love also his brother.

Darby Bible Translation
And this commandment have we from him, That he that loves God love also his brother.

English Revised Version
And this commandment have we from him, that he who loveth God love his brother also.

Webster's Bible Translation
And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God, love his brother also.

Weymouth New Testament
And the command which we have from Him is that he who loves God must love his brother man also.

World English Bible
This commandment we have from him, that he who loves God should also love his brother.

Young's Literal Translation
and this is the command we have from Him, that he who is loving God, may also love his brother.
Commentary
Matthew Henry 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.
Study Bible
Love Comes from God
20If anyone says, “I love God,” but hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. 21And we have this commandment from Him: Whoever loves God must love his brother as well.
Cross References
Leviticus 19:18
'You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the sons of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself; I am the LORD.

Matthew 5:43
You have heard that it was said, 'Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.'

Matthew 22:37
Jesus declared, "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.'

John 13:34
A new commandment I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so also you must love one another.

1 John 2:7
Beloved, I am not writing you a new commandment, but an old one, which you have had from the beginning. This commandment is the message you have heard.

1 John 3:11
This is the message you have heard from the beginning: We should love one another.
Treasury of Scripture

And this commandment have we from him, That he who loves God love his brother also.

1 John 4:11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.

1 John 3:11,14,18,23 For this is the message that you heard from the beginning, that we …

Leviticus 19:18 You shall not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of …

Matthew 22:37-39 Jesus said to him, You shall love the Lord your God with all your …

Mark 12:29-33 And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, …

Luke 10:37 And he said, He that showed mercy on him. Then said Jesus to him, …

John 13:34,35 A new commandment I give to you, That you love one another; as I …

John 15:12 This is my commandment, That you love one another, as I have loved you.

Romans 12:9,10 Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; hold …

Romans 13:9,10 For this, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not kill, You …

Galatians 5:6,14 For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision avails any thing, nor uncircumcision; …

1 Thessalonians 4:9 But as touching brotherly love you need not that I write to you: …

1 Peter 3:8 Finally, be you all of one mind, having compassion one of another, …

1 Peter 4:8 And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity …

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