“love thy neighbour as thyself”



This verse describes the Golden Rule or law of reciprocity which is the principle of treating others as you would wish to be treated. Other instances in the Bible are: Leviticus 19:18 when God commands us to “love thy neighbor as thyself, Matthew 7:12 when Jesus says, “whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them, Luke 6:31 “as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise, Luke 10:27 “love... thy neighbor as thyself, and Romans 13:9 “love thy neighbor as thyself.

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“For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.”

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Galatians 5:14 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Greek Meaning/ Definition
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For γὰρ Properly, assigning a reason (used in argument, explanation or intensification; often with other particles) For
all πᾶς All, any, every, the whole all
the law νόμος Law (through the idea of prescriptive usage), genitive case (regulation), specially, (of Moses (including the volume); also of the Gospel), or figuratively (a principle) law
is fulfilled πληροῦται, To make replete, i.e., (literally) to cram (a net), level up (a hollow), or (figuratively) to furnish (or imbue, diffuse, influence), satisfy, execute (an office), finish (a period or task), verify (or coincide with a prediction), etc fulfilled
in ἐν "in," at, (up-)on, by, etc in
one ἑνὶ One one
word, λόγῳ Something said (including the thought); by implication, a topic (subject of discourse), also reasoning (the mental faculty) or motive; by extension, a computation; specially, (with the article in John) the Divine Expression (i.e., Christ) word
even (No Greek definition. English implied.)
in ἐν "in," at, (up-)on, by, etc in
this; τῷ· The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) this
Thou shalt love Ἀγαπήσεις To love (in a social or moral sense) love
thy σου Of thee, thy thy
neighbour πλησίον (adverbially) close by; as noun, a neighbor, i.e., fellow (as man, countryman, Christian or friend) neighbour
as ὡς Which how, i.e., in that manner (very variously used, as follows) as
thyself. εαυτόν (him- her-, it-, them-, my-, thy-, our-, your-)self (selves), etc thyself

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  • 12  I would they were even cut off which trouble you.

  • 13  For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.

  • 14  For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

  • 15  But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.

  • 16  This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.


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