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John 15:13

    John 15:13 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

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

    American King James Version (AKJV)

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

    American Standard Version (ASV)

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

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Greater love has no man than this, that a man gives up his life for his friends.

    Webster's Revision

    Greater love hath no man than this, that a man 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.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

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

    Clarke's Commentary on John 15:13

    That a man lay down his life for his friends - No man can carry his love for his friend farther than this: for, when he gives up his life, he gives up all that he has. This proof of my love for you I shall give in a few hours; and the doctrine which I recommend to you I am just going to exemplify myself. There are several remarkable cases, in heathen antiquity, where one friend offered his life for another. The two following will not stand dishonorably even in the book of God; became every thing loving and pure, in heathen, Jew, or Christian, must come from the God of love and purity.

    When Cyrus had made war on the king of Armenia, and had taken him, his wife, and children, with Tigranes his son, and his wife, prisoners; treating with the old king concerning his ransom, he said, How much money wilt thou give me to have thy wife again? All that I have, replied the king. And how much wilt thou advance to enjoy thy children again? All that I can produce, answered the king. By reckoning thus, said Cyrus, you prize these at twice as much as you possess. Then, turning to Tigranes, he said, How much wilt thou give as a ransom, that thou mayest have thy wife? (Now Tigranes had been but lately married, και ὑπερφιλων την γυναικα, and loved his wife exceedingly.) He answered, I will indeed, O Cyrus, και της ψυχης πριαιμην, ransom her even with My Life, that she may be no longer in thraldom. See Xenoph. Cyrop. lib. iii.c.

    The second example, which is too long to be inserted, is that affecting account of the friendship of Nisus and Euryalus, given by Virgil, in the ninth book of the Aeneis. These two friends, leagued together, had slain many of the Rutulians in a night attack: at last Euryalus was taken prisoner. Nisus, concealed in a thicket, slew several of the enemy's chiefs with his javelins: Volscens, their general, not seeing the hand by which his officers were slain, determines to wreak his vengeance upon his prisoner. Nisus, seeing his friend about to be transfixed with the sword, rushing out of the wood where he lay hidden, suddenly cries: -

    Me! Me! adsum qui Feci! in Me convertite ferrum,

    O Rutuli! MeA fraus omnis: - nihil Iste - nec ausus,

    Nec potuit - Caelum hoc, et conscia sidera testor!

    Tantum infelicem Nimium Dilexit Amicum.

    Aen. lib. ix. l. 427, etc.

    "Me! Me! he cried, turn all your swords alone

    On Me! - the fact confess'd, the fault my own.

    He neither could, nor durst, the guiltless youth;

    Ye moon and stars, bear witness to the truth!

    His only crime (if friendship can offend)


    Barnes' Notes on John 15:13

    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!"

    Wesley's Notes on John 15:13

    15:13 Greater love - To his friends. He here speaks of them only.

    Verses Related to John 15:13

    1 John 4:9 - In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.
    1 Peter 4:8 - And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.
    1 Corinthians 13:4 - Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
    Book: John
    Topic: Love