1 John 4:17
New International Version
This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus.

New Living Translation
And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world.

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.

Berean Study Bible
In this way, love has been perfected among us, so that we may have confidence on the day of judgment; for in this world we are just like Him.

Berean Literal Bible
In this, love has been perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment that, just as He is, 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.

New King James Version
Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world.

New American Standard Bible
By this, love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because as He is, we also are in this world.

NASB 1995
By this, love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because as He is, so also are we in this world.

NASB 1977
By this, love is perfected with us, that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because as He is, so also are we in this world.

Amplified Bible
In this [union and fellowship with Him], love is completed and perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment [with assurance and boldness to face Him]; because as He is, so are we in this world.

Christian Standard Bible
In this, love is made complete with us so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment, because as he is, so also are we in this world.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
In this, love is perfected with us so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment, for we are as He is 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.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
By this, love is fulfilled with us, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment, because as he is, so also are we, in this world.

Contemporary English Version
If we truly love others and live as Christ did in this world, we won't be worried about the day of judgment.

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.

Good News Translation
Love is made perfect in us in order that we may have courage on the Judgment Day; and we will have it because our life in this world is the same as Christ's.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
God's love has reached its goal in us. So we look ahead with confidence to the day of judgment. While we are in this world, we are exactly like him [with regard to love].

International Standard Version
This is how love has been perfected among us: we will have confidence on the day of judgment because, during our time in this world, we are just like him.

Literal Standard Version
In this, love has been perfected with us, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment, because even as He is, we also are in this world.

NET Bible
By this love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment, because just as Jesus is, so also are we in this world.

New Heart English Bible
In this love has been made perfect among us, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment, because as he is, even 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.

World English Bible
In this love has been made perfect among us, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment, because as he is, even so are we in this world.

Young's Literal Translation
In this made perfect hath been the love with us, that boldness we may have in the day of the judgment, because even as He is, we -- we also are in this world;

Additional Translations ...
Context
Love Comes from God
16And 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. 17In this way, love has been perfected among us, so that we may have confidence on the day of judgment; for in this world we are just like Him. 18There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear, because fear involves punishment. The one who fears has not been perfected in love.…

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

John 17:22
I have given them the glory You gave Me, so that they may be one as We are one--

Hebrews 9:27
Just as man is appointed to die once, and after that to face judgment,

1 John 2:5
But if anyone keeps His word, the love of God has been truly perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him:

1 John 2:6
Whoever claims to abide in Him must walk as Jesus walked.

1 John 2:28
And now, little children, remain in Christ, so that when He appears, we may be confident and unashamed before Him at His coming.

1 John 3:1
Behold what manner of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God. And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know Him.


Treasury of Scripture

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.

our love.

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

1 John 2:5
But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.

James 2:22
Seest thou how faith wrought 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, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.

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 hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment.

the day.

Matthew 10:15
Verily I say unto 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 unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment, than for you…

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

as.

1 John 3:3
And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth 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. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of his household?

John 15:20
Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.









Verse 17. - This verse raises various questions which can scarcely be answered with certainty. Does "herein" ἐν τούτῳ look back to verse 16? or forwards to "that" ἵνα? or forwards to "because" ὅτι? Again, does "with us" μεθ ἡμῶν belong to "is made perfect" τετελείωται? or to "love" ἡ ἀγάπη? John 15:8 inclines us to refer "herein" to "that" ἵνα; and "with us" or "among us" goes better with the verb than with the subject: "Herein has love reached its perfection among us Christians, i.e., in the Church, that we have confidence in the day of judgment." This is the perfection of love to have no fear. The ὅτι, introduces the reason for this confidence: its basis is our likeness to Christ. especially in being united to the Father (John 17:21, 23, 26). Compare "even as he is pure" (1 John 3:3), and "even as he is righteous" (1 John 3:7): καθὼς ἐκεῖνος in all three cases.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
In
Ἐν (En)
Preposition
Strong's 1722: In, on, among. A primary preposition denoting position, and instrumentality, i.e. A relation of rest; 'in, ' at, on, by, etc.

this [way],
τούτῳ (toutō)
Demonstrative Pronoun - Dative Neuter Singular
Strong's 3778: This; he, she, it.

love
ἀγάπη (agapē)
Noun - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's 26: From agapao; love, i.e. Affection or benevolence; specially a love-feast.

has been perfected
τετελείωται (teteleiōtai)
Verb - Perfect Indicative Middle or Passive - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 5048: From teleios; to complete, i.e. accomplish, or consummate.

among
μεθ’ (meth’)
Preposition
Strong's 3326: (a) gen: with, in company with, (b) acc: (1) behind, beyond, after, of place, (2) after, of time, with nouns, neut. of adjectives.

us,
ἡμῶν (hēmōn)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive 1st Person Plural
Strong's 1473: I, the first-person pronoun. A primary pronoun of the first person I.

so that
ἵνα (hina)
Conjunction
Strong's 2443: In order that, so that. Probably from the same as the former part of heautou; in order that.

we may have
ἔχωμεν (echōmen)
Verb - Present Subjunctive Active - 1st Person Plural
Strong's 2192: To have, hold, possess. Including an alternate form scheo skheh'-o; a primary verb; to hold.

confidence
παρρησίαν (parrēsian)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's 3954: From pas and a derivative of rheo; all out-spokenness, i.e. Frankness, bluntness, publicity; by implication, assurance.

on
ἐν (en)
Preposition
Strong's 1722: In, on, among. A primary preposition denoting position, and instrumentality, i.e. A relation of rest; 'in, ' at, on, by, etc.

the
τῇ (tē)
Article - Dative Feminine Singular
Strong's 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

day
ἡμέρᾳ (hēmera)
Noun - Dative Feminine Singular
Strong's 2250: A day, the period from sunrise to sunset.

of judgment;
κρίσεως (kriseōs)
Noun - Genitive Feminine Singular
Strong's 2920: Decision; by extension, a tribunal; by implication, justice.

for
ὅτι (hoti)
Conjunction
Strong's 3754: Neuter of hostis as conjunction; demonstrative, that; causative, because.

in
ἐν (en)
Preposition
Strong's 1722: In, on, among. A primary preposition denoting position, and instrumentality, i.e. A relation of rest; 'in, ' at, on, by, etc.

this
τούτῳ (toutō)
Demonstrative Pronoun - Dative Masculine Singular
Strong's 3778: This; he, she, it.

world
κόσμῳ (kosmō)
Noun - Dative Masculine Singular
Strong's 2889: Probably from the base of komizo; orderly arrangement, i.e. Decoration; by implication, the world (morally).

we
ἡμεῖς (hēmeis)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Nominative 1st Person Plural
Strong's 1473: I, the first-person pronoun. A primary pronoun of the first person I.

are
ἐσμεν (esmen)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 1st Person Plural
Strong's 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

just like
καθὼς (kathōs)
Adverb
Strong's 2531: According to the manner in which, in the degree that, just as, as. From kata and hos; just as, that.

Him.
ἐκεῖνός (ekeinos)
Demonstrative Pronoun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's 1565: That, that one there, yonder. From ekei; that one (neuter) thing); often intensified by the article prefixed.


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