1 John 4:17
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English Standard Version
By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world.

King James Bible
Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.

American Standard Version
Herein is love made perfect with us, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as he is, even so are we in this world.

Douay-Rheims Bible
In this is the charity of God perfected with us, that we may have confidence in the day of judgment: because as he is, we also are in this world.

English Revised Version
Herein is love made perfect with us, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as he is, even so are we in this world.

Webster's Bible Translation
In this is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.

Weymouth New Testament
Our love will be manifested in all its perfection by our having complete confidence on the day of the Judgement; because just what He is, we also are in the world.

1 John 4:17 Parallel
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Vincent's Word Studies

Herein (ἐν τούτῳ)

To what does this refer? Two explanations are given. (1.) To the following that we may have boldness. So Huther, who argues thus on the ground that 1 John 4:18 shows that the drift of the writer's thought is toward the fearlessness of love. According to this, therefore, love has its fulfillment in freeing us from fear, and inspiring us with boldness even in view of the final judgment. (2.) To what precedes, viz., our dwelling in God and He in us. So Westcott: "The fellowship of God with man and of man with God, carries with it the consummation of love." I prefer the latter, principally on the ground that in such phrases as ἐν τούτῳ in this, διὰ τοῦτο on this account, therefore, the pronoun usually refers to something preceding, though more fully developed in what follows. See John 5:16, John 5:18; John 6:65; John 8:47; John 10:17; John 12:18; John 16:15.

Our love (ἡ ἀγάπη μεθ' ἡμῶν)

The A.V. construes μεθ' ἡμῶν with us, with love, making with us equivalent to our. In that case it might mean either the love which is between Christians, or the love which is between God and Christians. The Rev. construes with us with the verb: love is made perfect with us. The latter is preferable. I do not think it would be easy to point out a parallel in the New Testament to the expression ἀγάπη μεθ' love that with us equals our love. The true idea is that love is perfected in fellowship. The love of God is perfected with us, in communion with us, through our abiding in Him and He in us. "Love is not simply perfected in man, but in fulfilling this issue God works with man" (Westcott). Compare 2 John 1:3, "grace shall be with us" (true reading); and Acts 25:4, "what things God had done with them." See also Matthew 1:23; 1 Corinthians 16:24; Galatians 6:18. Μετά with, is used constantly in the New Testament of ethical relations. See Matthew 20:2; Matthew 2:3; Luke 23:12; Acts 7:9; Romans 12:15; 1 John 1:6.

Boldness (παῤῥησίαν)

See on 1 John 2:28.

The day of judgment (τῇ ἡμέρᾳ τῆς κρίσεως)

Lit., the day of judgment. The exact phrase occurs here only. Ἡμέρᾳ κρίσεως day of judgment, without the articles, is found Matthew 10:15; Matthew 11:22, Matthew 11:24; Matthew 12:36; 2 Peter 2:9; 2 Peter 3:7. The day is called the great day of their wrath (Revelation 6:17); the day of wrath and of revelation of the righteous judgement of God (Romans 2:5); the day of visitation (1 Peter 2:12); the last day (John 6:39, John 6:40, John 6:44, John 6:54); that day (Matthew 7:22; Luke 6:23; Luke 10:12). The judgment is found Matthew 12:41, Matthew 12:42; Luke 10:14; Luke 11:31, Luke 11:32.

Because

Likeness to Christ is the ground of boldness.

As (καθὼς)

Not absolutely, but according to our measure, as men in this world.

He is

The present tense is very significant. Compare 1 John 3:7, "is righteous even as He is righteous." The essence of out being as He is lies in perfected love; and Christ is eternally love. "He that abideth in love abideth in God and God in him." Compare 1 John 3:2.

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1 John 4:17 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

our love. Gr. love with us. made. See on ver.

1 John 4:12 No man has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwells in us, and his love is perfected in us.

1 John 2:5 But whoever keeps his word, in him truly is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.

James 2:22 See you how faith worked with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?

we may.

1 John 2:28 And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence...

1 John 3:19-21 And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him...

James 2:13 For he shall have judgment without mercy, that has showed no mercy; and mercy rejoices against judgment.

the day.

Matthew 10:15 Truly I say to you, It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city.

Matthew 11:22,24 But I say to you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment, than for you...

Matthew 12:36 But I say to you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.

2 Peter 2:9 The Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust to the day of judgment to be punished:

2 Peter 3:7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store...

as.

1 John 3:3 And every man that has this hope in him purifies himself, even as he is pure.

Matthew 10:25 It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord...

John 15:20 Remember the word that I said to you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me...

Romans 8:29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son...

Hebrews 12:2,3 Looking to Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame...

1 Peter 3:16-18 Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers...

1 Peter 4:1-3,13,14 For as much then as Christ has suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind...

Cross References
Matthew 10:15
Truly, I say to you, it will be more bearable on the day of judgment for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah than for that town.

John 17:22
The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one,

Hebrews 9:27
And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment,

1 John 2:5
but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him:

1 John 2:6
whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.

1 John 2:28
And now, little children, abide in him, so that when he appears we may have confidence and not shrink from him in shame at his coming.

1 John 3:1
See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him.

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