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1 John 4:17

    1 John 4:17 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    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 King James Version (AKJV)

    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 (ASV)

    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.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    In this way love is made complete in us, so that we may be without fear on the day of judging, because as he is, so are we in this world.

    Webster's Revision

    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.

    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.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    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.

    Clarke's Commentary on 1 John 4:17

    Herein is our love made perfect - By God dwelling in us, and we in him; having cast out all the carnal mind that was enmity against himself, and filled the whole heart with the spirit of love and purity. Thus the love is made perfect; when it thus fills the heart it has all its degrees; it is all in all; and all in every power, passion, and faculty of the soul.

    May have boldness in the day of judgment - Παρῥησιαν· Freedom of speech, and liberty of access; seeing in the person of our Judge, him who has died for us, regenerated our hearts, and who himself fills them.

    As he is - Pure, holy, and loving; so are we in this world; being saved from our sins, and made like to himself in righteousness and true holiness. No man can contemplate the day of judgment with any comfort or satisfaction but on this ground, that the blood of Christ hath cleansed him from all sin, and that he is kept by the power of God, through faith, unto salvation. This will give him boldness in the day of judgment.

    Barnes' Notes on 1 John 4:17

    Herein is our love made perfect - Margin, "love with us." The margin accords with the Greek - μεθ ̓ ἡμῶν meth' hēmōn. The meaning is, "the love that is within us, or in us, is made perfect." The expression is unusual; but the general idea is, that love is rendered complete or entire in the manner in which the apostle specifies. In this way love becomes what it should be, and will prepare us to appear with confidence before the judgment-seat. Compare the notes at 1 John 4:12.

    That we may have boldness in the day of judgment - By the influence of love in delivering us from the fear of the wrath to come, 1 John 4:18. The idea is, that he who has true love to God will have nothing to fear in the day of judgment, and may even approach the awful tribunal where he is to receive the sentence which shall determine his everlasting destiny without alarm.

    Because as he is, so are we in this world - That is, we have the same traits of character which the Saviour had, and, resembling him, we need not be alarmed at the prospect of meeting him.

    Wesley's Notes on 1 John 4:17

    4:17 Hereby - That is, by this communion with God. Is our love made perfect; that we may - That is, so that we shall have boldness in the day of judgment - When all the stout - hearted shall tremble. Because as he - Christ. Is - All love. So are we - Who are fathers in Christ, even in this world.