1 John 4:8
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English Standard Version
Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.

King James Bible
He that loveth not knoweth 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.

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.

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Vincent's Word Studies

Knoweth not (οὐκ ἔγνω)

The aroist tense: did not know, from the beginning. He never knew.

Is love (ἀγάπη ἐστίν)

See on God is light (1 John 1:5), and the truth (1 John 1:6); also God is spirit (John 4:24). Spirit and light are expressions of God's essential nature. Love is the expression of His personality corresponding to His nature. See on love of God (1 John 2:5). Truth and love stand related to each other. Loving is the condition of knowing.

1 John 4:8 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


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

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 Father that honors me; of whom you say, that he is your God...

God is.

1 John 1:5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

Exodus 34:6,7 And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, long-suffering...

Psalm 86:5,15 For you, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy to all them that call on you...

2 Corinthians 13:11 Finally, brothers, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace...

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.

Cross References
1 John 3:10
By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother.

1 John 4:7
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.

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

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