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- King James Bible "Authorized Version", Cambridge Edition
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
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.
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.
Jospeh's comment on 2013-09-26 02:17:04:
i feel this passage is backed by john 15:13 and as a reminder but to also deny ourselves for our loved ones which is includes the enemy as we are not partial in love nor giving or protection.
Waheed Rafiu Adelani's comment on 2013-07-31 00:43:41:
This case is in two parts, the first part is jesus lay down his live on the cross of calvary for christians.
The second part is for christians which is yet to be fulfilled, that is they ought to lay down their lives to others too on the cross.
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