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

New Living Translation
But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love.

English Standard Version
Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.

Berean Study Bible
Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.

Berean Literal Bible
The one not loving has not known God, because God is love.

New American Standard Bible
The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love.

King James Bible
He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The one who does not love does not know God, because God is love.

International Standard Version
The person who does not love does not know God, because God is love.

NET Bible
The person who does not love does not know God, because God is love.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because God is love, and everyone who does not love does not know God.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The person who doesn't love doesn't know God, because God is love.

New American Standard 1977
The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He that does not love does not know God, for God is charity.

King James 2000 Bible
He that loves not knows not God; for God is love.

American King James Version
He that loves not knows not God; for God is love.

American Standard Version
He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He that loveth not, knoweth not God: for God is charity.

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

English Revised Version
He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.

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

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

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

Young's Literal Translation
he who is not loving did not know God, because God is love.
Commentary
Matthew Henry 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.
Study Bible
Love Comes from God
7Beloved, let us love one another, because love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9This is how God’s love was revealed among us: God sent His one and only Son into the world, so that we might live through Him.…
Cross References
1 John 3:10
By this the children of God and the children of the devil can be distinguished: Anyone who does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is anyone who does not love his brother.

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

1 John 4:16
And we have come to know and believe the love that God has for us. God is love; whoever abides in love abides in God, and God in him.
Treasury of Scripture

He that loves not knows not God; for God is love.

knoweth.

1 John 2:4,9 He that said, I know him, and keeps not his commandments, is a liar, …

1 John 3:6 Whoever stays in him sins not: whoever sins has not seen him, neither known him.

John 8:54,55 Jesus answered, If I honor myself, my honor is nothing: it is my …

God is.

1 John 1:5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare …

Exodus 34:6,7 And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The …

Psalm 86:5,15 For you, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy …

2 Corinthians 13:11 Finally, brothers, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of …

Ephesians 2:4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love with which he loved us,

Hebrews 12:29 For our God is a consuming fire.

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