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.
Darby Bible Translation
No one has greater love than this, that one should lay 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;
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Greater love hath ... - No higher expression of love could be given. Life is the most valuable object we possess; and when a man is willing to lay that down for his friends or his country, it shows the utmost extent of love. Even this love for friends has been rarely witnessed. A very few cases like that of Damon and Pythias have occurred where a man was willing to save the life of his friend by giving his own. It greatly enhances the love of Christ, that while the instances of those who have been willing to die for friends have been so rare, he was willing to die for enemies - bitter foes, who rejected his reign, persecuted him, reviled him, scorned him, and sought his life, 1 John 4:10; Romans 5:6, Romans 5:10. It also shows us the extent of his love that he gave himself up, not to common sufferings, but to the most bitter, painful, and protracted sorrows, not for himself, not for friends, but for a thoughtless and unbelieving world. "O Lamb of God, was ever pain was ever love like thine!"
LibraryFebruary 8 Morning
Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends.--JOHN 15:15. The Lord said, shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do?--It is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven.--God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.--Even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory. Blessed is the man whom thou choosest, and causest …
Anonymous—Daily Light on the Daily Path
June 13 Morning
August 20. "Herein is My Father Glorified" (John xv. 8).
March 15. "Continue Ye in My Love" (John xv. 9).
"I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that have no more that they can do.
"I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.
"For their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they themselves also may be sanctified in truth.
For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die.
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
1 John 3:16
We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
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