1 John 3:16

“Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Hereby perceiue wee the loue of God, because he layd downe his life for vs, and wee ought to lay downe our liues for the brethren.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Hereby know we love, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
- American Standard Version (1901)

In this we see what love is, because he gave his life for us; and it is right for us to give our lives for the brothers.
- Basic English Bible

Hereby we have known love, because *he* has laid down his life for us; and *we* ought for the brethren to lay down [our] lives.
- Darby Bible

By this we perceive the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
- Webster's Bible

We know what love is--through Christ's having laid down His life on our behalf; and in the same way we ought to lay down our lives for our brother men.
- Weymouth Bible

By this we know love, because he laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.
- World English Bible

In this thing we han knowe the charite of God, for he puttide his lijf for vs, and we owen to putte oure lyues for oure britheren.
- Wycliffe Bible

in this we have known the love, because he for us his life did lay down, and we ought for the brethren the lives to lay down;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 John 3:16

3:16 The word God is not in the original. It was omitted by the apostle just as the particular name is omitted by Mary, when she says to the gardener, Sir, if thou hast borne him hence; and by the church, when she says, Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth, #So 1:2|; in both which places there is a language, a very emphatical language, even in silence. It declares how totally the thoughts were possessed by the blessed and glorious subject. It expresses also the superlative dignity and amiableness of the person meant, as though He, and He alone, was, or deserved to be, both known and admired by all. Because he laid down his life - Not merely for sinners, but for us in particular. From this truth believed, from this blessing enjoyed, the love of our brethren takes its rise, which may very justly be admitted as an evidence that our faith is no delusion.

People's Bible Notes for 1 John 3:16

1Jo 3:16 Hereby perceive we the love [of God] because he laid down his life for us. The love of God in Christ is meant. His love is shown on the cross. Christ is love. And we ought to lay down [our] lives for the brethren. If we love as he loved, we must be willing even to die for each other.

Discussion for 1 John 3

  • Wayne
    Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God.!
  • Wayne
    Let not sin reign in your mortal bodies that you not obey it's lusts.
  • Arjie
    The bible is teaching us that once we accepted JESUS CHRIST as our personal LORD and SAVIOUR what took place is we become reconciled, redeemed and born again that means our souls is sealed by the HOLY SPIRIT of promised in Eph 1:13 - That is why we cannot sin spiritually but does not mean we cannot commit sin physically. We are still capable to commit sin. IF we pursue we could never take pleasure
  • Paul Okoro
    The word of God is so clear about what true holiness and righteousness really is. As we are clearly thought in these verses, the true children of God are those that are practicing both righteousness and love at the same time.But unfortunately many bible teachers and preachers have always emphasized righteouness without love. Some others emphasize love without righteousness. These are wrong teachings that can't guaranty entrance to heaven for anyone. To be able to see God and our lord Jesus at the end of time, we must practice the type of righteousness that goes with love.
  • Wayne
    Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin, for His seed remaineth in Him and he cannot sin because he is born of God. In this the children of God are manifest and the children of the devil.
  • Michael C.
    Written probably from Ephesus about 96 AD; John the Apostle by that time, was a very deeply taught, well refined and mature man of God; mightily filled with the Holy Spirit, and his words full of the expression of God's thoughts, and not one of them falling to the ground. We should long to know the Lord like John did, and like all our heroes in the Bible. We are, after all, who they wrote for!