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
    Baptism, 1 Peter 3:21, does not put away the filth of the flesh, but is an answer of a good conscience toward God. During baptism, if a person is not redeemed, they'll just get wet.
  • Irene123
    Lance - God Bless You for being on here - Acts 2: 38
  • Lance
    38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

    First comes repentance
    Second comes Baptism
    Third comes remission of sins
    Fourth comes the holy spirit

    This is the answer given to the question what must I do to be saved.
    MUST being the key word. Its a command not option.
  • Wayne
    Whosoever abideth in Him sinneth not, whosoever sinneth hath not seen Him, neither known Him. V6
  • Wayne
    He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved, he that believeth not shall be damned. As far as salvation goes, it's in either believe or not believe. I Peter 3 tells us that baptism does not save us, as a religious exercise. Outward proof to the world the work has taken place inside. For by grace are ye saved by faith. It is the gift of God. Gifts are free, no works involved. AMEN
  • John
    Mark 16:16 He who believes and is baptized shall be saved.