Parallel Verses

Amplified

By this we come to know (progressively to recognize, to perceive, to understand) the [essential] love: that He laid down His [own] life for us; and we ought to lay [our] lives down for [those who are our] brothers [ in Him].

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 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 brethren.

Holman 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.

A Conservative Version

By this we know love, because that man 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.

An Understandable Version

Here is how we can know what genuine love really is: It was [demonstrated by] Jesus laying down His life [on the cross] for us. And [because of that] we [too] should [be willing to] lay down our lives for [the sake of helping] our brothers [and sisters].

Anderson New Testament

By this we know the love of Christ, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.

Bible in Basic English

In this we see what love is, because he gave his life for us; and it is right for us to give our lives for the brothers.

Common New Testament

By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.

Daniel Mace New Testament

this is the proof of the divine love, Christ expos'd his life for us: and we ought to expose our lives for the brethren.

Darby 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.

Emphatic Diaglott Bible

By this we have known the love of Christ, because he laid down his life for us; therefore we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.

Godbey New Testament

In this we know the divine love, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.

Goodspeed New Testament

We know what love means from the fact that he laid down his life for us; so we also ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.

John Wesley New Testament

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.

Jubilee 2000 Bible

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.

Julia Smith Translation

In this have we known love, for he set his soul for us: and we ought to set the souls for the brethren.

King James 2000

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.

Lexham Expanded Bible

We have come to know love by this: that {he} laid down his life on behalf of us, and we ought to lay down our lives on behalf of the brothers.

Modern King James verseion

By this we have known the love of God, because He laid down His life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

Hereby are we assured of love: because he left his life for us: And therefore we ought also to give our lives for our brethren.

Moffatt New Testament

We know what love is by this, that He laid down his life for us; so we ought to lay down our lives for the brotherhood.

Montgomery New Testament

By this we learn to know love, because he laid down his life for us; so we ought to lay down 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.

New Heart 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.

Noyes New Testament

Herein we know love, in that he laid down his life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.

Sawyer New Testament

By this we have known love, because he laid down his life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.

The Emphasized Bible

Hereby, have we come to understand love: in that, He, for us, his life laid down; and, we, ought, for the brethren, our lives to lay down.

Thomas Haweis New Testament

By this we have known the love [of Christ], because for us he laid down his own life: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.

Twentieth Century New Testament

We have learned to know what love is from this--that Christ laid down his life on our behalf. Therefore we also ought to lay down our lives on behalf of our Brothers.

Webster

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.

Williams New Testament

We know what love is from the fact that He laid down His life for us; and so we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.

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.

Worrell New Testament

In this we have known the love, that He laid down His soul in our behalf; and we ought to lay down our souls in behalf of the brethren.

Worsley New Testament

In this we know his love, that He laid down his life for us: and we should be ready to lay down our lives for the brethren.

Youngs 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;

Verse Picture

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
ἐν 
En 
in, by, with, among, at, on, through,
Usage: 2128

γινώσκω 
Ginosko 
Usage: 147

the love
G26
ἀγάπη 
Agape 
Usage: 105

of God
θεός 
theos 
Usage: 1151

ὅτι 
Hoti 
Usage: 764

he
ἐκεῖνος 
Ekeinos 
that, those, he, the same, they,
Usage: 148

τίθημι 
Tithemi 
Usage: 71

his

Usage: 0

ψυχή 
Psuche 
Usage: 62

for
ὑπέρ 
Huper 
ὑπέρ 
Huper 
Usage: 138
Usage: 138

us
ἡμῶν 
hemon 
our, us, we, not tr,
Usage: 388

and

and, also, even, both, then, so, likewise, not tr., , vr and
Usage: 0

we
ἡμεῖς 
hemeis 
we, us, we ourselves
Usage: 120

ὀφείλω ὀφειλέω 
Opheilo 
ought, owe, be bound, be duty, be a debtor, be guilty, be indebted,
Usage: 24

to lay down
τίθημι 
Tithemi 
Usage: 71

ψυχή 
Psuche 
Usage: 62

Devotionals

Devotionals about 1 John 3:16

Images 1 John 3:16

Context Readings

God Is Love, So Love One Another

15 Anyone who hates (abominates, detests) his brother [in Christ] is [at heart] a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding ( persevering) within him. 16 By this we come to know (progressively to recognize, to perceive, to understand) the [essential] love: that He laid down His [own] life for us; and we ought to lay [our] lives down for [those who are our] brothers [ in Him]. 17 But if anyone has this world's goods (resources for sustaining life) and sees his brother and fellow believer in need, yet closes his heart of compassion against him, how can the love of God live and remain in him?



Cross References

John 3:16

For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten ( unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life.

Romans 5:8

But God shows and clearly proves His [own] love for us by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One) died for us.

Philippians 2:17

Even if [my lifeblood] must be poured out as a libation on the sacrificial offering of your faith [to God], still I am glad [to do it] and congratulate you all on [your share in] it.

John 10:15

Even as [truly as] the Father knows Me and I also know the Father -- "and I am giving My [very own] life and laying it down on behalf of the sheep.

John 13:34

I give you a new commandment: that you should love one another. Just as I have loved you, so you too should love one another.

John 15:12-13

This is My commandment: that you love one another [just] as I have loved you.

Acts 20:28

Take care and be on guard for yourselves and the whole flock over which the Holy Spirit has appointed you bishops and guardians, to shepherd (tend and feed and guide) the church of the Lord or of God which He obtained for Himself [buying it and saving it for Himself] with His own blood.

Ephesians 5:2

And walk in love, [esteeming and delighting in one another] as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us, a slain offering and sacrifice to God [for you, so that it became] a sweet fragrance.

Titus 2:13

Awaiting and looking for the [fulfillment, the realization of our] blessed hope, even the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Christ Jesus (the Messiah, the Anointed One),

1 John 2:6

Whoever says he abides in Him ought [as a personal debt] to walk and conduct himself in the same way in which He walked and conducted Himself.

1 John 4:9-11

In this the love of God was made manifest (displayed) where we are concerned: in that God sent His Son, the only begotten or unique [Son], into the world so that we might live through Him.

Revelation 1:5

And from Jesus Christ the faithful and trustworthy Witness, the Firstborn of the dead [first to be brought back to life] and the Prince (Ruler) of the kings of the earth. To Him Who ever loves us and has once [for all] loosed and freed us from our sins by His own blood,

Matthew 20:28

Just as the Son of Man came not to be waited on but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many [the price paid to set them free].

Romans 16:4

Who risked their lives [endangering their very necks] for my life. To them not only I but also all the churches among the Gentiles give thanks.

Ephesians 5:25

Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her,

Philippians 2:30

For it was through working for Christ that he came so near death, risking his [very] life to complete the deficiencies in your service to me [which distance prevented you yourselves from rendering].

1 Peter 1:18

You must know (recognize) that you were redeemed (ransomed) from the useless (fruitless) way of living inherited by tradition from [your] forefathers, not with corruptible things [such as] silver and gold,

1 Peter 2:24

He personally bore our sins in His [own] body on the tree [as on an altar and offered Himself on it], that we might die (cease to exist) to sin and live to righteousness. By His wounds you have been healed.

1 Peter 3:18

For Christ [the Messiah Himself] died for sins once for all, the Righteous for the unrighteous (the Just for the unjust, the Innocent for the guilty), that He might bring us to God. In His human body He was put to death, but He was made alive in the spirit,

Revelation 5:9

And [now] they sing a new song, saying, You are worthy to take the scroll and to break the seals that are on it, for You were slain (sacrificed), and with Your blood You purchased men unto God from every tribe and language and people and nation.

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