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

  • Randy
    Son of David: One does not take salvation. It is received. That is why we have ceased from our labors, because we cannot attain to righteousness by works of the flesh, but have to submit to HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS by the SPIRIT OF TRUTH! The workers in the vineyard have ceased from their own labors, and now work for GOD.
  • Son of David
    To Dis. I would be comforted to know Salvation was such a small matter that it was there for the taking. Would that I could supplant the Father and his righteous judgement to cease my labor on earth. But the vineyard requires laborers who do not cease from their labor day by day. Have you not understood this. Do you not understand that Jesus, the Christ said That Father works and I work.
  • Wayne
    And when Christ, the only begotten Son of God, shall have down hell death and the grave, He shall, in front of all beings in Heaven, turn to His Father, and submit Himself, and His authority, to the Heavenly Father.
  • Randy
    Son of David: God hath from the beginning chosen you to SALVATION through sanctification of the Spirit and BELIEF OF THE TRUTH: 2Thess2:13 To give knowledge of SALVATION unto his people by the REMISSION OF THEIR SINS. Luke1:77 Jesus has saved us by TAKING AWAY ALL OF OUR SIN. Where their is REMISSION, their is no more offering for sin! When you study scripture, look FOR it! TRUST IN HIS SALVATION!
  • Son of David
    I love Jesus, the Christ more than most. I have absorbed the whole bible as to put things in context and I am sure that noone can proclaim salvation before the judgement. That is my complaint around every collective idea, especially the "born again". Are they more likely to understand the truth because of one verse 3:16? Please understand that Jesus, the Christ did not absolve sins but per se
  • Randy
    Hey there Greg! The law of the spirit of life and truth has made us free from the law of sin and death. By the law we are made free from the law. Dead to sin...free to marry another...His righteousness! The flesh profits nothing because Jesus condemned sin in the flesh for us. Took it out of the way, as far as the east is from the west. Now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus! HOLY

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