1 JOHN 4:16

“God is love”

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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“And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.”

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1 John 4:16 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Greek Meaning/ Definition
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And καὶ And, also, even, so then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words And
we ἡμεῖς We (only used when emphatic) we
have known ἐγνώκαμεν To "know" (absolutely) in a great variety of applications and with many implications (as follow, with others not thus clearly expressed) known
and καὶ And, also, even, so then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words and
believed πεπιστεύκαμεν To have faith (in, upon, or with respect to, a person or thing), i.e., credit; by implication, to entrust (especially one's spiritual well-being to Christ) believed
the τὴν The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) the
love ἀγάπην Love, i.e., affection or benevolence; specially (plural) a love-feast love
that ἣν The relatively (sometimes demonstrative) pronoun, who, which, what, that that
God Θεὸς A deity, especially (with G3588) the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; exceedingly (by Hebraism) God
hath ἔχει To hold (used in very various applications, literally or figuratively, direct or remote; such as possession; ability, contiuity, relation, or condition) hath
to ἐν "in," at, (up-)on, by, etc to
us. ἡμῖν To (or for, with, by) us us
God Θεὸς A deity, especially (with G3588) the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; exceedingly (by Hebraism) God
is ἐστίν, He (she or it) is; also (with neuter plural) they are is
love; ἀγάπη Love, i.e., affection or benevolence; specially (plural) a love-feast love
and καὶ And, also, even, so then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words and
he The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) he
that dwelleth μένων To stay (in a given place, state, relation or expectancy) dwelleth
in ἐν "in," at, (up-)on, by, etc in
love ἀγάπῃ Love, i.e., affection or benevolence; specially (plural) a love-feast love
dwelleth μένει To stay (in a given place, state, relation or expectancy) dwelleth
in ἐν "in," at, (up-)on, by, etc in
God, Θεῷ A deity, especially (with G3588) the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; exceedingly (by Hebraism) God
and καὶ And, also, even, so then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words and
God Θεὸς A deity, especially (with G3588) the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; exceedingly (by Hebraism) God
in ἐν "in," at, (up-)on, by, etc in
him. αὐτῷ The reflexive pronoun self, used (alone or in the comparative G1438) of the third person, and (with the proper personal pronoun) of the other persons him

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  • 14  And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.

  • 15  Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.

  • 16  And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.

  • 17  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.

  • 18  There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.




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