John 13:34
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New International Version
"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.

New Living Translation
So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other.

English Standard Version
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.

New American Standard Bible
"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.

King James Bible
A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
"I give you a new command: Love one another. Just as I have loved you, you must also love one another.

International Standard Version
I'm giving you a new commandment…to love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.

NET Bible
"I give you a new commandment--to love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“I give a new commandment to you: 'Love one another; just as I have loved you, you should also love one another.' “

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"I'm giving you a new commandment: Love each other in the same way that I have loved you.

Jubilee Bible 2000
A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

King James 2000 Bible
A new commandment I give unto you, That you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.

American King James Version
A new commandment I give to you, That you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.

American Standard Version
A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another; even as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

Douay-Rheims Bible
A new commandment I give unto you: That you love one another, as I have loved you, that you also love one another.

Darby Bible Translation
A new commandment I give to you, that ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

English Revised Version
A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another; even as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

Webster's Bible Translation
A new commandment I give to you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

Weymouth New Testament
A new commandment I give you, to love one another; that as I have loved you, you also may love one another.

World English Bible
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, just like I have loved you; that you also love one another.

Young's Literal Translation
'A new commandment I give to you, that ye love one another; according as I did love you, that ye also love one another;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

13:31-35 Christ had been glorified in many miracles he wrought, yet he speaks of his being glorified now in his sufferings, as if that were more than all his other glories in his humbled state. Satisfaction was thereby made for the wrong done to God by the sin of man. We cannot now follow our Lord to his heavenly happiness, but if we truly believe in him, we shall follow him hereafter; meanwhile we must wait his time, and do his work. Before Christ left the disciples, he would give them a new commandment. They were to love each other for Christ's sake, and according to his example, seeking what might benefit others, and promoting the cause of the gospel, as one body, animated by one soul. But this commandment still appears new to many professors. Men in general notice any of Christ's words rather than these. By this it appears, that if the followers of Christ do not show love one to another, they give cause to suspect their sincerity.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 34, 35. -

(2) The demand which this glorification would make on the mutual fidelity and affection of the disciples. Verse 34. - A new commandment I give unto you (with the purpose and scope) that ye love one another; even as (or, seeing that) I loved you, that ye (also) love one another. The interpretation of this verse largely depends on the meaning given to the καθὼς, if, as many translate it, "even as I loved you;" or, "after the manner and type of my love to you;" then an amply sufficient explanation arises of the novelty of the ἐντολή. So new a type of love is given that, as the Greek expositors generally have urged, there is a deeper intensity in the love than can be found in the Mosaic principle, Love thy neighbor as thyself." In this commandment, which embraces the whole law, self-love is assumed, and is made the standard for the love of neighbor. This ἐντολή, on the other hand, would be based on a new principle, and measured by a higher standard, and even mean more than love of self altogether. Christ's love to his disciples was self-abandoning, self-sacrificing love. This view of the passage is urged by Lucke, and really removes all necessity for the varied translations of the καινή, such as "illustrious" (Hammond); "last" (Heumann); "one that is always new" (Olshausen); "renewed commandment," a "renewing commandment" (Augustine and Maldonatus); "the institution of the Eucharist" (Lange). But it is doubtful whether the ideal image of a perfect love constitutes the novelty, and whether the double ἵνα and the transposition of the second ἵνα be found in the simple style of John. If, however, καθώς ἠγάπησα be taken as "seeing that," or "since I loved you" (see John 17:2), Christ's love becomes not so much the manner or type, as the motive, ground, and principle of love to one another. As if he had said, "I have loved each of you unto death; in loving one another you are loving me, you are loving an object of my tender love. The desire of mere imitation, however strong, is not equal to the demand I make, while the bestowment of the 'new' principle of life arising from a response to my love is." For the first interpretation speaks John's own use of the idea (1 John 3:16). There is a third interpretation, which makes καθὼς ἠγάπησα ὑμᾶς a sentence parallel with the δίδωμι. "Even as up to this moment, and up to my death, and to the uttermost, I have loved you, I give," etc., "in order that ye may love one another, and, inspired by me, may imitate my love one towards another" (Westcott). This is an endeavor to combine both interpretations. Alford suggests that the "newness" of the commandment consists in its "unicity," its being the prime injunction of the new covenant, and the first-fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22; 1 Corinthians 13.). Tholuck sees the expression of self-renouncing love - the love of the highest to the sinful, the love which is more blessed to give than to receive, the all-embracing love.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

A new commandment I give unto you,.... As parents, when they take their leave of their children, in their dying moments, give them proper instructions and orders, and lay their dying injunctions on them, so Christ taking his leave of his disciples, gives them his; which were, that they

love one another: as brethren in the same family, children of the same Father, and fellow disciples with each other; by keeping and agreeing together, praying one for another, bearing one another's burdens, forbearing and forgiving one another, admonishing each other, and building up one another in faith and holiness: and this he calls "a new commandment"; that is, a very excellent one; as a "new name", and a "new song", denote excellent ones; or it is so called, because it is set forth by Christ, in a new edition of it, and newly and more clearly explained, than before; and being enforced with a new argument and pattern, never used before,

as I have loved you; and to be observed in a new manner, not "in the oldness of the letter, but in the newness of the spirit": besides, though this commandment, as to the matter of it, is the same with that of Moses, Leviticus 19:18; yet it takes in more, and "new" objects; since by "neighbour" there, seems to be meant "the children of their people", the Jews; and so they understood it only of their countrymen, and of proselytes at furthest, whereas this reaches to any "other" person; see Romans 13:8; and as the measure, as well as the motive is new, for it is not now "as thy self", but "as I have loved you", the Jew has no reason to object as he does (m), to its being called a "new commandment": and its being "new", carries in it a reason or argument, why it should be observed, as does also the following clause;

as I have loved you, that ye also love one another; than which, nothing can, or should, more strongly engage to it: as Christ has loved his people freely, notwithstanding all their unworthiness and ungratefulness, so should they love one another, though there may be many things in them observable, which are disagreeable; as Christ loves all his children without any distinction, so should they love one another, whether poor or rich, weaker or stronger, lesser or greater believers; and as Christ loves them not in word only, but in deed and in truth, so should they love one another with a pure heart fervently, and by love serve one another.

(m) R. Isaac Chizzuk Emuna, l. 2. c. 54. p. 444.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

34. a new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another—This was the new feature of it. Christ's love to His people in giving His life a ransom for them was altogether new, and consequently as a Model and Standard for theirs to one another. It is not, however, something transcending the great moral law, which is "the old commandment" (1Jo 2:7, and see on [1849]Mr 12:28-33), but that law in a new and peculiar form. Hence it is said to be both new and old (1Jo 2:7, 8).

John 13:34 Additional Commentaries
Context
A New Command I Give You
33"Little children, I am with you a little while longer. You will seek Me; and as I said to the Jews, now I also say to you, 'Where I am going, you cannot come.' 34"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 35"By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another."
Cross References
Leviticus 19:18
"'Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the LORD.

Matthew 5:44
But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,

John 15:12
My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.

John 15:17
This is my command: Love each other.

Romans 12:10
Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.

Romans 13:8
Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law.

Romans 13:10
Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

Galatians 5:14
For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: "Love your neighbor as yourself."

Ephesians 5:2
and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

1 Thessalonians 4:9
Now about your love for one another we do not need to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love each other.

Hebrews 13:1
Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters.

1 Peter 1:22
Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart.

1 John 2:7
Dear friends, I am not writing you a new command but an old one, which you have had since the beginning. This old command is the message you have heard.

1 John 2:8
Yet I am writing you a new command; its truth is seen in him and in you, because the darkness is passing and the true light is already shining.

1 John 3:11
For this is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another.

1 John 3:23
And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us.

1 John 4:7
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.

1 John 4:10
This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.

1 John 4:21
And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.

2 John 1:5
And now, dear lady, I am not writing you a new command but one we have had from the beginning. I ask that we love one another.
Treasury of Scripture

A new commandment I give to you, That you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.

A new.

Galatians 6:2 Bear you one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

1 John 2:8-10 Again, a new commandment I write to you, which thing is true in him …

1 John 3:14-18,23 We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the …

2 John 1:5 And now I beseech you, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment …

That ye love.

John 15:12,13,17 This is my commandment, That you love one another, as I have loved you…

John 17:21 That they all may be one; as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, …

Leviticus 19:18,34 You shall not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of …

Psalm 16:3 But to the saints that are in the earth, and to the excellent, in …

Psalm 119:63 I am a companion of all them that fear you, and of them that keep your precepts.

Romans 12:10 Be kindly affectionate one to another with brotherly love; in honor …

1 Corinthians 12:26,27 And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or …

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 Charity suffers long, and is kind; charity envies not; charity braggs …

Galatians 5:6,13,14,22 For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision avails any thing, nor uncircumcision; …

Galatians 6:10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good to all men, especially …

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

Philippians 2:1-5 If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of …

Colossians 1:4 Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which …

Colossians 3:12,13 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels …

1 Thessalonians 3:12 And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, …

1 Thessalonians 4:9,10 But as touching brotherly love you need not that I write to you: …

2 Thessalonians 1:3 We are bound to thank God always for you, brothers, as it is meet, …

Hebrews 13:1 Let brotherly love continue.

James 2:8 If you fulfill the royal law according to the scripture, You shall …

1 Peter 1:22 Seeing you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through …

1 Peter 3:8,9 Finally, be you all of one mind, having compassion one of another, …

2 Peter 1:7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.

1 John 4:7-11,21 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one …

1 John 5:1 Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every …

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