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 3:16

  • MockingBird for verse 16
    I also believe that God is saying here that we ought to lay our lives down : take up His cross and follow Jesus : Greater works than these shall ye do : meaning , more of the same : because I go to my Father and yours : His commandments are not greveious :We can do what God says for us to do because He left Holy Spirit within us to help us !!! Praise God !!!
  • George murray for verse 16
    in this verse is GOD- JESUS
  • Edwin Jacobs for verse 16
    It 's so awesome that we don 't deserve it but Christ love us so much that He gave His begotten Son so whoso ever believeth shall not perish but shal have everlasting life.
  • Olabode for verse 16
    Jesus love me soo much that was why he laid down his life for me. So, he is expecting me also to lay down my life for my brothers and sisters in Christ.
  • we barely can comprehend this kind of love for us. to lay down ones life for a child ,yes .for a true brother or sister could I really do that?only if I know where im going .I have true love and is their life more needful?on the other hand maby to die for one so they wont wake in hell
  • MockingBird for verse 16
    I know by experience and observation that Jesus laid down His life for me that I may have eternal life. Therefore as I have experienced this and know then I ought to lay down my life for my brothers sisters that are in the Lord that are in need of help and forgiveness if I have been done ought by them. Praise God.