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

  • Navin kumar Erpulla
    My beloved, i was having a torrid time in my work place, i dont blame my boss but my heart started condemning my self or the situation is against me. I have decided i will not complain this year. This scripture has given me some light on what God thinks about me and not what my heart thinks about me. In Christ Navin
  • A disciple
    "For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things." 1 John 3:20 The Lord wants us to walk in love, with a good conscience and a pure heart and faith without hypocrisy. Sin and temptation to sin especially, is deceitful. In the innermost parts of our soul we are confronted with a dreadful crisis every time we are tempted to sin. Do what's right according to God's holy and wise commandment or, pretend like we don't hear, harden the heart, burn the conscience, and dare to do what your flesh is screaming for. You can turn a deaf ear and give Jesus the back and deceive yourself but you will never deceive God! The wicked shall fall by his own wickedness but the integrity of the upright shall preserve him. This whole chapter is about DOING and WALKING, and not just empty talking about being a Christian! When we are of the Truth we will hear Jesus' Voice and that means, as in, being watchful and attentive to obey His Voice and DO whatever He says! If anyone thinks that faith and talk alone without any obligation to DO is enough for us actually BEING saved he better look again!
  • BSP
    Our mistakes and faults can constantly condemn us but if we are truly repentant and seek God s forgiveness we can be confident in his forgiveness.
  • Wayne
    V. 9, whosoever is born of God sinneth not, for His seed remaineth in him and he cannot sin because he is born of God.
  • Steve morrow
    1 JOHN 3:8 he that committeth sin is of the devil for the devil sinneth from the beginning for this purpose the THE SON OF MAN was manifested that HE might destroy the works of the devil
  • Q.Williams
    It is what it is! Our Hearts are wicked, but through HIS Blood, Yeshua washes us whiter than SNOW! We must Repent first! He's waiting!! We have a choice to be content in HIM!! Satisfied, Comfortable in HIM!