New American Standard Bible
Now as to the love of the brethren, you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another;
King James Bible
But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another.
Darby Bible Translation
Now concerning brotherly love ye have no need that we should write to you, for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another.
World English Bible
But concerning brotherly love, you have no need that one write to you. For you yourselves are taught by God to love one another,
Young's Literal Translation
And concerning the brotherly love, ye have no need of my writing to you, for ye yourselves are God-taught to love one another,
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
But as touching brotherly love - The "peculiar charity and affection which one Christian owes to another." Doddridge; see the notes on John 13:34.
Ye need not that I write unto you - That is, "as I have done on the other points." They were so taught of God in regard to this duty, that they did not need any special instruction.
For ye yourselves are taught of God - The word here rendered "taught of God" - θεοδίδακτοί theodidaktoi - occurs nowhere else in the New Testament. It is correctly translated, and must refer here to some direct teaching of God on their own hearts, for Paul speaks of their being so taught by him as to need no special precepts in the case. He probably refers to that influence exerted on them when, they became Christians, by which they were led to love all who bear the divine image. He calls this being "taught of God," not because it was of the nature of revelation or inspiration, but because it was in fact the teaching of God in this case, though it was secret and silent. God has many ways of teaching people. The lessons which we learn from his Providence are a part of his instructions. The same is true of the decisions of our own consciences, and of the secret and silent influence of his Spirit on our hearts, disposing us to love what is lovely, and to do what ought to be done. In this manner all true Christians are taught to love those who bear the image of their Saviour. They feel that they are brethren; and such is their strong attachment to them, from the very nature of religion, that they do not need any express command of God to teach them to love them. It is one of the first - the elementary effects of religion on the soul, to lead us to love "the brethren" - and to do this is one of the evidences of piety about which there need be no danger of deception; compare 1 John 3:14.
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"But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days," declares the LORD, "I will put My law within them and on their heart I will write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.
"They will not teach again, each man his neighbor and each man his brother, saying, 'Know the LORD,' for they will all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them," declares the LORD, "for I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more."
"It is written in the prophets, 'AND THEY SHALL ALL BE TAUGHT OF GOD.' Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father, comes to Me.
"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.
Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor;
2 Corinthians 9:1
For it is superfluous for me to write to you about this ministry to the saints;
Let us therefore, as many as are perfect, have this attitude; and if in anything you have a different attitude, God will reveal that also to you;
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