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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Vincent's Word Studies

Greater love hath no man than this, that (ἵνα)

Some of the more subtle phases of John's thought cannot be apprehended without a careful study of this often-recurring conjunction. It is still claimed by some grammarians that it is used to mark, not only design and end, but also result. But it may fairly be claimed that its predominant sense is intent, purpose, purport, or object. Hence that, as representing ἵνα, is to be taken in the sense of to the end or intent that; in order that. Here the use of the word is very subtle and suggestive, as well as beautiful. No man hath greater love than this (love), which, in its original conception, was intended and designed to reach to the extent of sacrificing life for a friend. Christ, therefore, here gives us more than a mere abstract comparison and more than a merely human gauge of love. He measures love according to its divine, original, far-reaching intent.

Lay down his life

See on John 10:11.

John 15:13 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

John 10:11,15 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd gives his life for the sheep...

Romans 5:6-8 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly...

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

1 John 4:7-11 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loves is born of God, and knows God...

Cross References
Luke 12:4
"I tell you, my friends, do not fear those who kill the body, and after that have nothing more that they can do.

John 10:11
I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.

John 17:19
And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth.

Romans 5:7
For one will scarcely die for a righteous person--though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die--

Romans 5:8
but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

1 John 3:16
By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.

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