1 Peter 1:8
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New International Version
Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy,

New Living Translation
You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy.

English Standard Version
Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory,

Berean Study Bible
Though you have not seen Him, you love Him; and though you do not see Him now, you believe in Him and rejoice with an inexpressible and glorious joy,

Berean Literal Bible
whom not having seen you love, on whom now believing though not seeing you also exult with joy inexpressible and filled with glory,

New American Standard Bible
and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory,

King James Bible
Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You love Him, though you have not seen Him. And though not seeing Him now, you believe in Him and rejoice with inexpressible and glorious joy,

International Standard Version
Though you have not seen him, you love him. And even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy,

NET Bible
You have not seen him, but you love him. You do not see him now but you believe in him, and so you rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy,

New Heart English Bible
whom not having seen you love; in whom, though now you do not see him, yet believing, you rejoice greatly with joy inexpressible and full of glory?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Him whom you have not seen and yet you love, and in his faith you greatly rejoice with glorious joy which cannot be spoken,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Although you have never seen Christ, you love him. You don't see him now, but you believe in him. You are extremely happy with joy and praise that can hardly be expressed in words

New American Standard 1977
and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory,

Jubilee Bible 2000
whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though at present ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory;

King James 2000 Bible
Whom having not seen, you love; in whom, though now you see him not, yet believing, you rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:

American King James Version
Whom having not seen, you love; in whom, though now you see him not, yet believing, you rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:

American Standard Version
whom not having seen ye love; on whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice greatly with joy unspeakable and full of glory:

Douay-Rheims Bible
Whom having not seen, you love: in whom also now, though you see him not, you believe: and believing shall rejoice with joy unspeakable and glorified;

Darby Bible Translation
whom, having not seen, ye love; on whom [though] not now looking, but believing, ye exult with joy unspeakable and filled with [the] glory,

English Revised Version
whom not having seen ye love; on whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice greatly with joy unspeakable and full of glory:

Webster's Bible Translation
Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable, and full of glory:

Weymouth New Testament
Him you love, though your eyes have never looked on Him. In Him, though at present you cannot see Him, you nevertheless trust, and triumph with a joy which is unspeakable and is crowned with glory,

World English Bible
whom not having known you love; in whom, though now you don't see him, yet believing, you rejoice greatly with joy unspeakable and full of glory--

Young's Literal Translation
whom, not having seen, ye love, in whom, now not seeing and believing, ye are glad with joy unspeakable and glorified,
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
1:1-9 This epistle is addressed to believers in general, who are strangers in every city or country where they live, and are scattered through the nations. These are to ascribe their salvation to the electing love of the Father, the redemption of the Son, and the sanctification of the Holy Ghost; and so to give glory to one God in three Persons, into whose name they had been baptized. Hope, in the world's phrase, refers only to an uncertain good, for all worldly hopes are tottering, built upon sand, and the worldling's hopes of heaven are blind and groundless conjectures. But the hope of the sons of the living God is a living hope; not only as to its object, but as to its effect also. It enlivens and comforts in all distresses, enables to meet and get over all difficulties. Mercy is the spring of all this; yea, great mercy and manifold mercy. And this well-grounded hope of salvation, is an active and living principle of obedience in the soul of the believer. The matter of a Christian's joy, is the remembrance of the happiness laid up for him. It is incorruptible, it cannot come to nothing, it is an estate that cannot be spent. Also undefiled; this signifies its purity and perfection. And it fadeth not; is not sometimes more or less pleasant, but ever the same, still like itself. All possessions here are stained with defects and failings; still something is wanting: fair houses have sad cares flying about the gilded and ceiled roofs; soft beds and full tables, are often with sick bodies and uneasy stomachs. All possessions are stained with sin, either in getting or in using them. How ready we are to turn the things we possess into occasions and instruments of sin, and to think there is no liberty or delight in their use, without abusing them! Worldly possessions are uncertain and soon pass away, like the flowers and plants of the field. That must be of the greatest worth, which is laid up in the highest and best place, in heaven. Happy are those whose hearts the Holy Spirit sets on this inheritance. God not only gives his people grace, but preserves them unto glory. Every believer has always something wherein he may greatly rejoice; it should show itself in the countenance and conduct. The Lord does not willingly afflict, yet his wise love often appoints sharp trials, to show his people their hearts, and to do them good at the latter end. Gold does not increase by trial in the fire, it becomes less; but faith is made firm, and multiplied, by troubles and afflictions. Gold must perish at last, and can only purchase perishing things, while the trial of faith will be found to praise, and honour, and glory. Let this reconcile us to present afflictions. Seek then to believe Christ's excellence in himself, and his love to us; this will kindle such a fire in the heart as will make it rise up in a sacrifice of love to him. And the glory of God and our own happiness are so united, that if we sincerely seek the one now, we shall attain the other when the soul shall no more be subject to evil. The certainty of this hope is as if believers had already received it.
Study Bible
A Living Hope
7so that the authenticity of your faith—more precious than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory, and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 8Though you have not seen Him, you love Him; and though you do not see Him now, you believe in Him and rejoice with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 9now that you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.…
Cross References
John 20:29
Jesus said to him, "Because you have seen Me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen, and yet have believed."

Ephesians 3:19
and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

1 John 4:20
If 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.
Treasury of Scripture

Whom having not seen, you love; in whom, though now you see him not, yet believing, you rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:

having.

John 20:29 Jesus said to him, Thomas, because you have seen me, you have believed: …

2 Corinthians 4:18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things …

2 Corinthians 5:7 (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)

Hebrews 11:1,27 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things …

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

ye love.

1 Peter 2:7 To you therefore which believe he is precious: but to them which …

Songs 1:7 Tell me, O you whom my soul loves, where you feed, where you make …

Songs 5:9,16 What is your beloved more than another beloved, O you fairest among …

Matthew 10:37 He that loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: …

Matthew 25:35-40 For I was an hungered, and you gave me meat: I was thirsty, and you …

John 8:42 Jesus said to them, If God were your Father, you would love me: for …

John 14:15,21,24 If you love me, keep my commandments…

John 21:15-17 So when they had dined, Jesus said to Simon Peter, Simon, son of …

1 Corinthians 16:22 If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maranatha.

2 Corinthians 5:14,15 For the love of Christ constrains us; because we thus judge, that …

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

Ephesians 6:24 Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen.

1 John 4:19 We love him, because he first loved us.

believing. See on ver.

1 Peter 1:6 Wherein you greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, …

Habakkuk 3:17,18 Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in …

Acts 16:34 And when he had brought them into his house, he set meat before them, …

Romans 14:17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, …

Romans 15:13 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, …

Philippians 1:25 And having this confidence, I know that I shall abide and continue …

Philippians 3:3 For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and …

Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.

unspeakable.

John 16:22 And you now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and …

2 Corinthians 9:15 Thanks be to God for his unspeakable gift.

2 Corinthians 12:4 How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, …

full.

1 Peter 5:4 And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, you shall receive a crown …

2 Corinthians 1:22 Who has also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.

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

Ephesians 1:13,14 In whom you also trusted, after that you heard the word of truth, …

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