John 15:13
New International Version
Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends.

New Living Translation
There is no greater love than to lay down one's life for one's friends.

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

Berean Study Bible
Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.

Berean Literal Bible
Greater love has no one than this, that one should lay down his life for his friends.

New American Standard Bible
"Greater love has no one than this, that one 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.

Christian Standard Bible
No one has greater love than this: to lay down his life for his friends.

Contemporary English Version
The greatest way to show love for friends is to die for them.

Good News Translation
The greatest love you can have for your friends is to give your life for them.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
No one has greater love than this, that someone would lay down his life for his friends.

International Standard Version
No one shows greater love than when he lays down his life for his friends.

NET Bible
No one has greater love than this--that one lays down his life for his friends.

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

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“There is no greater love than this: that a person would lay down his life for the sake of his friends.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The greatest love you can show is to give your life for your friends.

New American Standard 1977
“Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his soul for his friends.

King James 2000 Bible
Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

American King James Version
Greater love has 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.

Darby Bible Translation
No one has greater love than this, that one should 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.

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

Young's Literal Translation
greater love than this hath no one, that any one his life may lay down for his friends;
Study Bible GRK ▾ 
No Greater Love
12This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. 14You are My friends if you do what I command you.…
Cross References
Luke 12:4
I tell you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more.

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

John 17:19
For them I sanctify Myself, so that they too may be sanctified by the truth.

Romans 5:7
It is rare indeed for anyone to die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die.

Romans 5:8
But God proves His love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

1 John 3:16
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.

Treasury of Scripture

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

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 …

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 …







Lexicon
Greater
μείζονα (meizona)
Adjective - Accusative Feminine Singular - Comparative
Strong's Greek 3173: Large, great, in the widest sense.

love
ἀγάπην (agapēn)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 26: From agapao; love, i.e. Affection or benevolence; specially a love-feast.

has
ἔχει (echei)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 2192: To have, hold, possess. Including an alternate form scheo skheh'-o; a primary verb; to hold.

no one
οὐδεὶς (oudeis)
Adjective - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3762: No one, none, nothing.

than this,
ταύτης (tautēs)
Demonstrative Pronoun - Genitive Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 3778: This; he, she, it.

that
ἵνα (hina)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2443: In order that, so that. Probably from the same as the former part of heautou; in order that.

[he]
τις (tis)
Interrogative / Indefinite Pronoun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 5100: Any one, some one, a certain one or thing. An enclitic indefinite pronoun; some or any person or object.

lay down
θῇ (thē)
Verb - Aorist Subjunctive Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 5087: To put, place, lay, set, fix, establish. A prolonged form of a primary theo to place.

his
αὐτοῦ (autou)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive Masculine 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

life
ψυχὴν (psychēn)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 5590: From psucho; breath, i.e. spirit, abstractly or concretely.

for
ὑπὲρ (hyper)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 5228: Gen: in behalf of; acc: above.

his
αὐτοῦ (autou)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive Masculine 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

friends.
φίλων (philōn)
Adjective - Genitive Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 5384: Friendly; subst: a friend, an associate. Properly, dear, i.e. A friend; actively, fond, i.e. Friendly.
(13) Greater love hath no man than this.--Better, . . . hath no one than this. (Comp. Note on John 10:18; John 10:29.) Nothing greater is conceivable in the thought of love. He has spoken of His own love for them as the measure of their love for each other. The thought of this verse dwells upon what His love really was and what theirs should also be. (Comp. especially Note on 1John 3:16.)

That a man lay down his life for his friends.--Better, that any one . . . For the phrase "lay down his life," comp. John 10:11. The term "friends" is here used because those whom He is addressing were His friends. There is no opposition between this passage and Romans 5:6 et seq. The point dwelt upon is the greatness of the love, and the highest reach of love is the self-sacrifice which spares not life itself.

Verse 13. - Greater love than this (love) no one hath, namely (ἵνα), that one should lay down his life for his friends. Meyer and Lange endeavor to maintain even here the telic force of ἵνα, "The love to you is of so consummate a character, that its object and purpose is seen in my laying down my life for my friends;" and Hengstenberg thinks so because probably a reference here is made to Isaiah 53:10, that our Lord was pointing to his atoning death - to a death needed alike by enemies and friends. Such an interpretation supposes the lofty purpose of the greatest love. To me, however, it seems more probable that the translation given above places the argument upon a surer; because more common, human, experience. The disposition to die for ungodly and for enemies is exalted by St. Paul (Romans 5:8) above the self-sacrifice involved in dying for the good. Still, which may be shown, and has often been shown in self-sacrificing death for those who are beloved, whatever other and wider ends may be discerned afterwards and spoken of in other connections, he is here asserting that the love of friendship is quite strong and intense enough to secure such a sacrifice. And he adds - 15:9-17 Those whom God loves as a Father, may despise the hatred of all the world. As the Father loved Christ, who was most worthy, so he loved his disciples, who were unworthy. All that love the Saviour should continue in their love to him, and take all occasions to show it. The joy of the hypocrite is but for a moment, but the joy of those who abide in Christ's love is a continual feast. They are to show their love to him by keeping his commandments. If the same power that first shed abroad the love of Christ's in our hearts, did not keep us in that love, we should not long abide in it. Christ's love to us should direct us to love each other. He speaks as about to give many things in charge, yet names this only; it includes many duties.
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