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1 John 4

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Book  First Epistle of John
Order in the Bible part  23
Bible part  New Testament
Category  General epistles
1 John 4

1 John 4 is the fourth chapter of the First Epistle of John in the New Testament of the Christian Bible. The epistle is traditionally attributed to John the Apostle.



  • The original text is written in Koine Greek.
  • Some of the oldest manuscripts containing this chapter are:
  • Papyrus 9 (3rd century; extant: verses 11-12, 14-17).
  • Codex Vaticanus (AD 325-350)
  • Codex Sinaiticus (AD 330-360)
  • Codex Alexandrinus (ca. AD 400-440)
  • Codex Ephraemi Rescriptus (ca. AD 450; extant: verses 1-2)
  • Papyrus 74 (7th century; extant: verses 1,6-7,12,18-19)
  • This chapter is divided into 21 verses.
  • Structure

    This chapter can be grouped (with cross references to other parts of the Bible):

  • 1 John 4:1-6 = The Spirit of Truth and the Spirit of Error
  • 1 John 4:7-11 = Knowing God Through Love
  • 1 John 4:12-16 = Seeing God Through Love
  • 1 John 4:17-19 = The Consummation of Love
  • 1 John 4:20-21 = Obedience by Faith
  • Verse 1

    New King James Version

    Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.

    Verse 2

    New King James Version

    By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God,

    Verse 8

    New King James Version

    He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.

    Verse 20

    New King James Version

    If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?


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