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

New Living Translation
Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God.

English Standard Version
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.

New American Standard Bible
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.

King James Bible
Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Dear friends, let us love one another, because love is from God, and everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.

International Standard Version
Dear friends, let us continuously love one another, because love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born from God and knows God.

NET Bible
Dear friends, let us love one another, because love is from God, and everyone who loves has been fathered by God and knows God.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God, and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Dear friends, we must love each other because love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born from God and knows God.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Beloved, let us love one another, for charity is of God. Anyone that loves is born of God and knows God.

King James 2000 Bible
Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and everyone that loves is born of God, and knows God.

American King James Version
Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loves is born of God, and knows God.

American Standard Version
Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is begotten of God, and knoweth God.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Dearly beloved, let us love one another, for charity is of God. And every one that loveth, is born of God, and knoweth God.

Darby Bible Translation
Beloved, let us love one another; because love is of God, and every one that loves has been begotten of God, and knows God.

English Revised Version
Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is begotten of God, and knoweth God.

Webster's Bible Translation
Beloved, let us love one another: for love is from God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.

Weymouth New Testament
Dear friends, let us love one another; for love has its origin in God, and every one who loves has become a child of God and is beginning to know God.

World English Bible
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God, and knows God.

Young's Literal Translation
Beloved, may we love one another, because the love is of God, and every one who is loving, of God he hath been begotten, and doth know God;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

4:7-13 The Spirit of God is the Spirit of love. He that does not love the image of God in his people, has no saving knowledge of God. For it is God's nature to be kind, and to give happiness. The law of God is love; and all would have been perfectly happy, had all obeyed it. The provision of the gospel, for the forgiveness of sin, and the salvation of sinners, consistently with God's glory and justice, shows that God is love. Mystery and darkness rest upon many things yet. God has so shown himself to be love, that we cannot come short of eternal happiness, unless through unbelief and impenitence, although strict justice would condemn us to hopeless misery, because we break our Creator's laws. None of our words or thoughts can do justice to the free, astonishing love of a holy God towards sinners, who could not profit or harm him, whom he might justly crush in a moment, and whose deserving of his vengeance was shown in the method by which they were saved, though he could by his almighty Word have created other worlds, with more perfect beings, if he had seen fit. Search we the whole universe for love in its most glorious displays? It is to be found in the person and the cross of Christ. Does love exist between God and sinners? Here was the origin, not that we loved God, but that he freely loved us. His love could not be designed to be fruitless upon us, and when its proper end and issue are gained and produced, it may be said to be perfected. So faith is perfected by its works. Thus it will appear that God dwells in us by his new-creating Spirit. A loving Christian is a perfect Christian; set him to any good duty, and he is perfect to it, he is expert at it. Love oils the wheels of his affections, and sets him on that which is helpful to his brethren. A man that goes about a business with ill will, always does it badly. That God dwells in us and we in him, were words too high for mortals to use, had not God put them before us. But how may it be known whether the testimony to this does proceed from the Holy Ghost? Those who are truly persuaded that they are the sons of God, cannot but call him Abba, Father. From love to him, they hate sin, and whatever disagrees with his will, and they have a sound and hearty desire to do his will. Such testimony is the testimony of the Holy Ghost.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 7-21. - God is Love, and love is the surest test of birth from God. From 1 John 3:11, 12 St. John renews his exhortations to love, this time at greater length and in closer connexion with the other great subject of this second half of the Epistle, the birth from God. Verse 7. - Beloved (see on verse 1) The address is specially suitable where the subject is love. As before, we must not look for the chief purport of the section in the exhortation with which it opens. Just as "prove the spirits" is subordinate to "every spirit which confesseth," etc., so "let us love one another" is subordinate to "God is Love." (For the history and meaning of the specially Christian term ἀγάπη, see Trench's 'Synonyms of New Testament.')

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Beloved, let its love one another,.... The apostle having finished what he proposed to say concerning the trying of spirits, returns to his former exhortation to brotherly love, and which comes with fresh force and strength; for since worldly men follow, hear, embrace, and cleave to the false teachers; such as are of God, and on the side of truth, should love one another, and their faithful ministers, and stand fast in one spirit by the truths of the Gospel, in opposition to every error:

for love is of God: to love one another is the command of God, it is his revealed will, and is well pleasing in his sight; it comes from him, is a gift of his grace, and a fruit of his Spirit, and which he teaches regenerate ones to exercise:

and everyone that loveth God, as the Alexandrian copy reads, or Christ, and the saints, who seem to be particularly meant:

is born of God; for love to the brethren is an evidence of regeneration; See Gill on 1 John 3:14;

and knoweth God; he knows God in Christ, and therefore loves those who have the grace of God in them, and the image of Christ upon them; he knows the mind and will of God, being taught of God to love the brethren; and he knows the love of God, and has had an experience of the grace of God, which influences him to love the saints.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

7. Resumption of the main theme (1Jo 2:29). Love, the sum of righteousness, is the test of our being born of God. Love flows from a sense of God's love to us: compare 1Jo 4:9 with 1Jo 3:16, which 1Jo 4:9 resumes; and 1Jo 4:13 with 1Jo 3:24, which similarly 1Jo 4:13 resumes. At the same time, 1Jo 4:7-21 is connected with the immediately preceding context, 1Jo 4:2 setting forth Christ's incarnation, the great proof of God's love (1Jo 4:10).

Beloved—an address appropriate to his subject, "love."

love—All love is from God as its fountain: especially that embodiment of love, God manifest in the flesh. The Father also is love (1Jo 4:8). The Holy Ghost sheds love as its first fruit abroad in the heart.

knoweth God—spiritually, experimentally, and habitually.

1 John 4:7 Additional Commentaries
Context
Love Comes from God
7Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love.…
Cross References
John 13:34
"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.

1 Corinthians 8:3
But whoever loves God is known by God.

1 John 2:3
We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands.

1 John 2:4
Whoever says, "I know him," but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person.

1 John 2:7
Dear friends, I am not writing you a new command but an old one, which you have had since the beginning. This old command is the message you have heard.

1 John 2:29
If you know that he is righteous, you know that everyone who does what is right has been born of him.

1 John 3:9
No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God's seed remains in them; they cannot go on sinning, because they have been born of God.

1 John 3:11
For this is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another.

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

1 John 4:11
Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

1 John 4:16
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.

1 John 5:1
Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well.

2 John 1:5
And now, dear lady, I am not writing you a new command but one we have had from the beginning. I ask that we love one another.
Treasury of Scripture

Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loves is born of God, and knows God.

let.

1 John 4:20,21 If a man say, I love God, and hates his brother, he is a liar: for …

See on ch.

1 John 2:10 He that loves his brother stays in the light, and there is none occasion …

1 John 3:10-23 In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the …

1 John 5:1 Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every …

love is.

1 John 4:8 He that loves not knows not God; for God is love.

Deuteronomy 30:6 And the LORD your God will circumcise your heart, and the heart of …

Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, …

1 Thessalonians 4:9,10 But as touching brotherly love you need not that I write to you: …

2 Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of …

1 Peter 1:22 Seeing you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through …

every.

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

See on ch.

1 John 2:29 If you know that he is righteous, you know that every one that does …

1 John 3:14 We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the …

1 John 5:1 Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every …

and knoweth.

John 17:3 And this is life eternal, that they might know you the only true …

2 Corinthians 4:6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, has shined …

Galatians 4:9 But now, after that you have known God, or rather are known of God, …

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