1 John 4

Testing the Spirits

1 a  Beloved, do not believe every b  spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because c  many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2By this you know the Spirit of God: d  every spirit that e  confesses that f  Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God; 3and every spirit that g  does not confess Jesus is not from God; this is the spirit of the h  antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming, and i  now it is already in the world. 4You are from God j  little children, and k  have overcome them; because l  greater is He who is in you than m  he who is in the world. 5 n  They are from the world; therefore they speak as from the world, and the world listens to them. 6 o  We are from God; p  he who knows God listens to us; q  he who is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know r  the spirit of truth and s  the spirit of error.

God Is Love

7 t  Beloved, let us u  love one another, for love is from God; and v  everyone who loves is
Or begotten
,
x  born of God and y  knows God.
8The one who does not love does not know God, for z  God is love. 9By this the love of God was manifested
Or in our case
,
ab  in us, that ac  God has sent His
Or unique, only one of His kind
only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him.
10In this is love ae  not that we loved God, but that af  He loved us and sent His Son to be ag  the propitiation for our sins. 11 ah  Beloved, if God so loved us, ai  we also ought to love one another. 12 aj  No one has seen God at any time; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His ak  love is perfected in us. 13 al  By this we know that we abide in Him and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit. 14We have seen and am  testify that the Father has an  sent the Son to be the Savior of the world.

15 ao  Whoever confesses that ap  Jesus is the Son of God, God aq  abides in him, and he in God. 16 ar  We have come to know and have believed the love which God has
Lit in
,
at  for us. au  God is love, and the one who av  abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.
17By this aw  love is perfected with us, so that we may have ax  confidence in ay  the day of judgment; because az  as He is, so also are we in this world. 18There is no fear in love; but ba  perfect love casts out fear, because fear
Lit has
involves punishment, and the one who fears is not bc  perfected in love.
19 bd  We love, because He first loved us. 20 be  If someone says, “I love God,” and bf  hates his brother, he is a bg  liar; for bh  the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen bi  cannot love God whom he has not seen. 21And bj  this commandment we have from Him, that the one who loves God bk  should love his brother also.
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