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1 John 3:16

“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.”

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Other Translations

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

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 tucker
    One of the greatest books in Bible. Not understood, not preached, not believed by preachers or believed by Christians. Verses 6, 8-9. Fantastic if believed and incorporated into heart and life of believer! Goes along with I John 5: 18-19. Can be done and is expected of believers! If not, believer is living beneath their rights as child of God.
  • Greenacre0409@gmail.com
    To God be the Glory, God sent his only begotten son to die for us ,for our sins he wants us to be loving, He wants us to follow His commandments he does not want us to sin ,he wants us to love our brothers he wants our children to not to be deceived. To God be the glory Amen
  • Randy
    Behold the Lamb of God knows the Scriptures and the Truth. Holy to the LORD!
  • Behold the Lamb of God
    What sin? Men do not take away sin. It takes blood. Jesus takes away sin. The Saved had their sins taken away and are free from the law of sin and death. Sin is a transgression of law. SO by which law will you call sin? No man is justified by law in the sight of God, un fact it made all guilty who were under it needing Jesus. What makes us think anyone will be justified if we measure them by it? Again,which law? Galatians 5:18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. ---No higher law. Romans 8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. Sin? You've got to be kidding me if you're calling sin on the saved. They are "IN HIM". 1 John 3:5 And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins and in him is no sin. Thank you Jesus.
  • M.O.G
    The comments that i have read seem to all speak of the passages of scripture about Love, which is GREAT! but lets not neglect the verses that deal with Sin. We use the excuse that were not perfect to much. But these scriptures don't say whether your perfect or not to not sin. They stress the point not too and to purify ourselves from sin. Which is a process but not an excuse for sinning willfully. Vs.6 should cause us to strive more to be like Jesus so we can say we know Him. Vs.9 speaks volumes to me and should everyone in Christ. Let our Love for Christ and others cause US to walk upright till His return. Let's talk about all that the chapter discusses to not omit any of the Word. God Bless
    The word LOVE is better spelt and pronounced when it is backed up with action just like our LORD savior JESUS CHRIST did on the cross of Calvary for every mankind. Let every child of God try to emulate Him and show LOVE in like manner to our fellow human beings.

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