1 Corinthians 8:3
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New International Version
But whoever loves God is known by God.

New Living Translation
But the person who loves God is the one whom God recognizes.

English Standard Version
But if anyone loves God, he is known by God.

Berean Study Bible
But the one who loves God is known by God.

Berean Literal Bible
But if anyone loves God, he is known by Him.

New American Standard Bible
but if anyone loves God, he is known by Him.

King James Bible
But if any man love God, the same is known of him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But if anyone loves God, he is known by Him.

International Standard Version
But anyone who loves God is known by him.

NET Bible
But if someone loves God, he is known by God.

New Heart English Bible
But if anyone loves God, the same is known by him.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But if a man loves God, this one is known by him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But if they love God, they are known by God.

New American Standard 1977
but if anyone loves God, he is known by Him.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But if anyone loves God, the same is known of him.

King James 2000 Bible
But if any man loves God, the same is known by him.

American King James Version
But if any man love God, the same is known of him.

American Standard Version
but if any man loveth God, the same is known by him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But if any any love God, the same is known by him.

Darby Bible Translation
But if any one love God, he is known of him):

English Revised Version
but if any man loveth God, the same is known of him.

Webster's Bible Translation
But if any man loveth God, the same is known by him.

Weymouth New Testament
but if any one loves God, that man is known by God.

World English Bible
But if anyone loves God, the same is known by him.

Young's Literal Translation
and if any one doth love God, this one hath been known by Him.
Study Bible
Food Sacrificed to Idols
2The one who thinks he knows something does not yet know as he ought to know. 3But the one who loves God is known by God. 4So about eating food sacrificed to idols: We know that an idol is nothing at all in the world, and that there is no God but one.…
Cross References
1 Kings 3:3
Now Solomon loved the LORD, walking in the statutes of his father David, except he sacrificed and burned incense on the high places.

Psalm 1:6
For the LORD knows the way of the righteous, But the way of the wicked will perish.

Jeremiah 1:5
"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, And before you were born I consecrated you; I have appointed you a prophet to the nations."

Amos 3:2
"You only have I chosen among all the families of the earth; Therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities."

Romans 8:29
For those God foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brothers.

Romans 11:2
God did not reject His people, whom He foreknew. Do you not know what the Scripture says about Elijah, how he appealed to God against Israel:

1 Corinthians 13:12
Now we see but a dim reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

Galatians 4:9
But now that you know God, or rather are known by God, how is it that you are turning back to those weak and worthless principles? Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again?

2 Timothy 2:19
Nevertheless, God's firm foundation stands, bearing this seal: "The Lord knows those who are His," and, "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord must turn away from iniquity."

James 1:12
Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love Him.
Treasury of Scripture

But if any man love God, the same is known of him.


1 Corinthians 2:9 But as it is written, Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither have …

Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love …

James 1:12 Blessed is the man that endures temptation: for when he is tried, …

James 2:5 Listen, my beloved brothers, Has not God chosen the poor of this …

1 Peter 1:8 Whom having not seen, you love; in whom, though now you see him not, …

1 John 4:19 We love him, because he first loved us.

1 John 5:2,3 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, …


Exodus 33:12,17 And Moses said to the LORD, See, you say to me, Bring up this people: …

Psalm 1:6 For the LORD knows the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly …

Psalm 17:3 You have proved my heart; you have visited me in the night; you have …

Psalm 139:1,2 O lord, you have searched me, and known me…

Nahum 1:7 The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knows …

Matthew 7:23 And then will I profess to them, I never knew you: depart from me, …

John 10:14 I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.

John 21:17 He said to him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, love you me? …

Romans 8:29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed …

Romans 11:2 God has not cast away his people which he foreknew. Know you not …

Galatians 4:9 But now, after that you have known God, or rather are known of God, …

2 Timothy 2:19 Nevertheless the foundation of God stands sure, having this seal, …

Revelation 2:9,13,19 I know your works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but you are rich) …

Revelation 3:8,9,15,16 I know your works: behold, I have set before you an open door, and …

(3) If any man love God.--This explains the nature of the love which edifies. Love to God, and therefore love to man, builds up the whole Christian communion. The man gets outside the mere selfish thought of his own indulgence in his liberty. There is the under-thought in these words ("the same is known of Him") of the identity between knowing God and being known of Him. The latter is the source of the former. Like water rising to its own level, the love and the knowledge rise as high as their source.

Verse 3. - If any man love God, the same is known of him. We should have expected the sentence to end "the same knows him." St. Paul purposely alters the symmetry of the phrase. He did not wish to use any terms which would foster the already overgrown conceit of knowledge which was inflating the minds of his Corinthian converts. Further than this, he felt that "God knoweth them that are his" (2 Timothy 3:19), but that, since we are finite and God is infinite, we cannot measure the arm of God by the finger of man. Hence, although it is quite true that "Every one that loveth is begotten of God and knoweth God" (1 John 4:7), yet in writing to those whose love was very imperfect, St. Paul deliberately chooses the passive form of expression as in Galatians 4:9, "Now that ye have known God or are rather known of God." But if any man love God,.... As they do, and show it, who love their brethren, and are careful not to grieve them; and make use of their superior knowledge, not for their destruction, but edification:

the same is known of him; is taught by him, made to know more by him; such an one increases in spiritual knowledge, or he is highly approved of, esteemed, and beloved by God: he takes a special and particular notice of him, manifests his love to him, and will own and acknowledge him another day, when proud, haughty, overbearing, and hard hearted professors, will be rejected by him. 3. love God—the source of love to our neighbor (1Jo 4:11, 12, 20; 5:2).

the same—literally, "this man"; he who loves, not he who "thinks that he knows," not having "charity" or love (1Co 8:1, 2).

is known of him—is known with the knowledge of approval and is acknowledged by God as His (Ps 1:6; Ga 4:9; 2Ti 2:19). Contrast, "I never knew you" (Mt 7:23). To love God is to know God; and he who thus knows God has been first known by God (compare 1Co 13:12; 1Pe 1:2).8:1-6 There is no proof of ignorance more common than conceit of knowledge. Much may be known, when nothing is known to good purpose. And those who think they know any thing, and grow vain thereon, are the least likely to make good use of their knowledge. Satan hurts some as much by tempting them to be proud of mental powers, as others, by alluring to sensuality. Knowledge which puffs up the possessor, and renders him confident, is as dangerous as self-righteous pride, though what he knows may be right. Without holy affections all human knowledge is worthless. The heathens had gods of higher and lower degree; gods many, and lords many; so called, but not such in truth. Christians know better. One God made all, and has power over all. The one God, even the Father, signifies the Godhead as the sole object of all religious worship; and the Lord Jesus Christ denotes the person of Emmanuel, God manifest in the flesh, One with the Father, and with us; the appointed Mediator, and Lord of all; through whom we come to the Father, and through whom the Father sends all blessings to us, by the influence and working of the Holy Spirit. While we refuse all worship to the many who are called gods and lords, and to saints and angels, let us try whether we really come to God by faith in Christ.
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