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1 John 4:7

    1 John 4:7 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loves is born of God, and knows God.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is begotten of God, and knoweth God.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    My loved ones, let us have love for one another: because love is of God, and everyone who has love is a child of God and has knowledge of God.

    Webster's Revision

    Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is begotten of God, and knoweth God.

    World English Bible

    Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God, and knows God.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is begotten of God, and knoweth God.

    Definitions for 1 John 4:7

    Let - To hinder or obstruct.

    Clarke's Commentary on 1 John 4:7

    Beloved, let us love one another - And ever be ready to promote each other's welfare, both spiritual and temporal.

    For love is of God - And ever acts like him; he loves man, and daily loads him with his benefits. He that loveth most has most of God in him; and he that loveth God and his neighbor, as before described and commanded, is born of God, εκ του Θεου γεγεννηται, is begotten of God - is a true child of his heavenly Father, for he is made a partaker of the Divine nature; and this his love to God and man proves.

    Barnes' Notes on 1 John 4:7

    Beloved, let us love one another - This verse introduces a new topic, the consideration of which occupies the remainder of the chapter. See the Analysis. The subject is one on which John dwells more than on any other - that of love. His own character especially inclined him to the exercise of love; and the remarkable affection which the Lord Jesus had shown for him, seems to have had the effect to give this grace a special prominence in his views of what constituted true religion. Compare John 13:23. On the duty here enjoined, see the John 13:34-35 notes, and 1 John 3:11, 1 John 3:23 notes.

    For love is of God -

    (1) All true love has its origin in God.

    (2) real love shows that we have his Spirit, and that we belong to him.

    (3) it assimilates us to God, or makes us more and more like him.

    What is here said by the apostle is based on the truth of what he elsewhere affirms, 1 John 4:8, that God is love. Hatred, envy, wrath, malice, all have their source in something else than God. He neither originates them, commends them, nor approves them.

    And everyone that loveth, is born of God - Is a regenerated man. That is, everyone who has true love to Christians as such, or true brotherly love, is a true Christian. This cannot mean that everyone that loves his wife and children, his classmate, his partner in business, or his friend - his house, or his farms, or his horses, or his hounds, is a child of God; it must be understood as referring to the point under discussion. A man may have a great deal of natural affection toward his kindred; a great deal of benevolence in his character toward the poor and needy, and still he may have none of the love to which John refers. He may have no real love to God, to the Saviour, or to the children of God as such; and it would be absurd for such a one to argue because he loves his wife and children that therefore he loves God, or is born again.

    Wesley's Notes on 1 John 4:7

    4:7 Let us love one another - From the doctrine he has just been defending he draws this exhortation. It is by the Spirit that the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts. Every one that truly loveth God and his neighbour is born of God.