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18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not reached perfection in love. 19 We love[a] because he first loved us. 20 Those who say, “I love God,” and hate their brothers or sisters,[b] are liars; for those who do not love a brother or sister[c] whom they have seen, cannot love God whom they have not seen. 21 The commandment we have from him is this: those who love God must love their brothers and sisters[d] also.

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  1. 1 John 4:19 Other ancient authorities add him; others add God
  2. 1 John 4:20 Gk brothers
  3. 1 John 4:20 Gk brother
  4. 1 John 4:21 Gk brothers

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