1 John 3:16
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New International Version
This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.

New Living Translation
We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters.

English Standard Version
By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.

Berean Study Bible
By this we know what love is: Jesus laid down His life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.

Berean Literal Bible
By this we have known love, because He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.

New American Standard Bible
We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.

King James Bible
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.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
This is how we have come to know love: He laid down His life for us. We should also lay down our lives for our brothers.

International Standard Version
This is how we have come to know love: the Messiah gave his life for us. We, too, ought to give our lives for our brothers.

NET Bible
We have come to know love by this: that Jesus laid down his life for us; thus we ought to lay down our lives for our fellow Christians.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
By this we know his love toward us, for he gave his Life in our place, and it is right for us that we would give our lives for the sake of our brothers.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
We understand what love is when we realize that Christ gave his life for us. That means we must give our lives for other believers.

New American Standard 1977
We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.

Jubilee Bible 2000
In this we have known the charity of God because he laid down his life for us; we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.

King James 2000 Bible
By this 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.

American King James Version
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 brothers.

American Standard Version
Hereby know we love, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.

Douay-Rheims Bible
In this we have known the charity of God, because he hath laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.

Darby Bible Translation
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.

English Revised Version
Hereby know we love, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.

Webster's Bible Translation
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.

Weymouth New Testament
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.

World English 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.

Young's Literal Translation
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;
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
3:16-21 Here is the condescension, the miracle, the mystery of Divine love, that God would redeem the church with his own blood. Surely we should love those whom God has loved, and so loved. The Holy Spirit, grieved at selfishness, will leave the selfish heart without comfort, and full of darkness and terror. By what can it be known that a man has a true sense of the love of Christ for perishing sinners, or that the love of God has been planted in his heart by the Holy Spirit, if the love of the world and its good overcomes the feelings of compassion to a perishing brother? Every instance of this selfishness must weaken the evidences of a man's conversion; when habitual and allowed, it must decide against him. If conscience condemn us in known sin, or the neglect of known duty, God does so too. Let conscience therefore be well-informed, be heard, and diligently attended to.
Study Bible
Love One Another
15Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that eternal life does not reside in a murderer. 16By this we know what love is: Jesus laid down His life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. 17If anyone with earthly possessions sees his brother in need, but withholds his compassion from him, how can the love of God abide in him?…
Cross References
John 10:11
I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.

John 15:13
Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.

Philippians 2:17
But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you.

1 Thessalonians 2:8
We cared so deeply that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God, but our own lives as well. That is how beloved you have become to us.

1 John 2:9
If anyone claims to be in the light but hates his brother, he is still in the darkness.
Treasury of Scripture

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 brothers.

perceive.

1 John 4:9,10 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God …

Matthew 20:28 Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered to, but to minister, …

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that …

John 10:15 As the Father knows me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down …

John 15:13 Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

Acts 20:28 Take heed therefore to yourselves, and to all the flock, over the …

Romans 5:8 But God commends his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, …

Ephesians 5:2,25 And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us…

Titus 2:13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the …

1 Peter 1:18 For as much as you know that you were not redeemed with corruptible …

1 Peter 2:24 Who his own self bore our sins in his own body on the tree, that …

1 Peter 3:18 For Christ also has once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, …

Revelation 1:5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first …

Revelation 5:9 And they sung a new song, saying, You are worthy to take the book, …

and we.

1 John 2:6 He that said he stays in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.

1 John 4:11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.

John 13:34 A new commandment I give to you, That you love one another; as I …

John 15:12,13 This is my commandment, That you love one another, as I have loved you…

Romans 16:4 Who have for my life laid down their own necks: to whom not only …

Philippians 2:17,30 Yes, and if I be offered on the sacrifice and service of your faith, …

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