John 15:13

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Greater loue hath no man then this, that a man lay downe his life for his friends.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Greater love has no man than this, that a man gives up his life for his friends.
- Basic English Bible

No one has greater love than this, that one should lay down his life for his friends.
- Darby Bible

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
- Webster's Bible

No one has greater love than this--a man laying down his life for his friends.
- Weymouth Bible

Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.
- World English Bible

No man hath more loue than this, that a man putte his lijf for hise freendis.
- Wycliffe Bible

greater love than this hath no one, that any one his life may lay down for his friends;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for John 15:13


15:13 Greater love - To his friends. He here speaks of them only.


People's Bible Notes for John 15:13


Joh 15:13,14 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. The highest human exhibition of love that earth has ever seen was this. Christ was about to exhibit this highest type of human love by dying for his friends. He did even more, as Paul shows us in Ro 5:6, he died for his enemies, something that man had never done.

Discussion for John 15:13

  • Christ came into this world to serve a purpose... deity in service to die. The crusifiction was the only natural death that fullfiled the spiritual death of the soul. To die is to gain... dying out in the flesh means to be rid of our lusts and desire to sin no more. If your eye sins... cut it out... is a parable not a comand. Committing suicide is a sin. Giving your soul to free a brother or sister in Christ from sin to save that person from eternal hell is what Christ wants. Let the supernatural type the natural and watch what God can do... What a mighty God we serve. If a friend was sinning and for me to save that person would cause me to sin would I not want to save that person's soul? Though God knows my heart and because I trust in my God... all is well. Even if my flesh body gets in the way. I am not ashamed to serve my God.
  • Christ came into this world to serve a purpose... deity in service to die. The crusifiction was the only natural death that fullfiled the spiritual death of the soul. To die is to gain... dying out in the flesh means to be rid of our lusts and desire to sin no more. If your eye sins... cut it out... is a parable not a comand. Committing suicide is a sin. Giving your soul to free a brother or sister in Christ from sin to save that person from eternal hell is what Christ wants. Let the supernatural type the natural and watch what God can do... What a mighty God we serve. If a friend was sinning and for me to save that person would cause me to sin would I not want to save that person's soul? Though God knows my heart and because I trust in my God... all is well. Even if my flesh body gets in the way. I am not ashamed to serve my God.
  • Edward, I do not think, this verse meant to commit suicide... We can die for a friend by our enemy, taking our life fro loving that person, but to take our own life is a sin.. For we have to remember God feeds the birds an animals in the woods, we should not worry about who feeds them, for God does supply to those who truly love him... There is no excuse for suicide, the thought could have been nice, but besides being a sin, it would have put his family in a pain an suffering state for his killing himself.. Giving up your life, in this text is, Loving all no matter what, an living the way Jesus did, taking on a life that can be a harmful one too you, but trusting it God to give you strength..
  • Trinity adwoa kwofie for verse 13
    We should in turn love him
  • Ngala Nadege for verse 13
    wow I love this chapter so very much it makes me to realize how Jesus really love me by laying down his life for me what a great love. and it is equally motivating me to tell others about this great love, it is only when we realise that he layed down his life for us , that Is when we are motivated to talk about him
  • Edward Boothhe for verse 13
    What if a person was old and was about to have to be committed to a nursing home. This person had saved 450,000 dollars, and in less than seven years the nursing home would have all of that money. This person is caring for a mother and six children in Mexico and wants to put this money in trust for this family, so, rather than going into the nursing home if he took his own life so that the money would go to support this family for many, many years. Would it be a sin? Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one 's life for one 's friends. So is it a sin, or an act of great love. Would someone with more wisdom than me, please give me the answer to this