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1 John 4:11

    1 John 4:11 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    My loved ones, if God had such love for us, it is right for us to have love for one another.

    Webster's Revision

    Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

    World English Bible

    Beloved, if God loved us in this way, we also ought to love one another.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

    Definitions for 1 John 4:11

    Ought - Any one; any thing.

    Clarke's Commentary on 1 John 4:11

    If God so loved us - Without any reason or consideration on our part, and without any desert in us; we ought also, in like manner, to love one another, and not suspend our love to a fellow-creature, either on his moral worth or his love to us. We should love one another for God's sake; and then, no unkind carriage of a brother would induce us to withdraw our love from him; for if it have God for its motive and model, it will never fail.

    Barnes' Notes on 1 John 4:11

    Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another -

    (1) Because he is so much exalted above us, and if he has loved those who were so inferior and so unworthy, we ought to love those who are on a level with us;

    (2) because it is only in this way that we can show that we have his Spirit; and,

    (3) because it is the nature of love to seek the happiness of all. There are much stronger reasons why we should love one another than there were why God should love us; and unless we do this, we can have no evidence that we are his children.