JOHN 15:13

No greater love




The New Living Translation (NLT) for this verse reads, “There is no greater love than to lay down one's life for one’s friends.

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

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John 15:13 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Greek Meaning/ Definition
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Greater μείζονα Big (literally or figuratively, in a very wide application) Greater
love ἀγάπην Love, i.e., affection or benevolence; specially (plural) a love-feast love
hath ἔχει To hold (used in very various applications, literally or figuratively, direct or remote; such as possession; ability, contiuity, relation, or condition) hath
no man οὐδεὶς Not even one (man, woman or thing), i.e., none, nobody, nothing no man
than this, ταύτης The he (she or it), i.e., this or that (often with article repeated) than
that ἵνα In order that (denoting the purpose or the result) that
a man τις Some or any person or object man
lay down θῇ To place (in the widest application, literally and figuratively; properly, in a passive or horizontal posture, and thus different from G2476, which properly denotes an upright and active position, while G2749 is properly reflexive and utterly prostrate) lay down
his αὐτοῦ The reflexive pronoun self, used (alone or in the comparative G1438) of the third person, and (with the proper personal pronoun) of the other persons his
life ψυχὴν Breath, i.e., (by implication) spirit, abstractly or concretely (the animal sentient principle only; thus distinguished on the one hand from G4151, which is the rational and immortal soul; and on the other from G2222, which is mere vitality, even of plants: these terms thus exactly correspond respectively to the Hebrew H5315, H7307 and H2416) life
for ὑπὲρ "over", i.e., (with the genitive case) of place, above, beyond, across, or causal, for the sake of, instead, regarding; with the accusative case superior to, more than for
his αὐτοῦ The reflexive pronoun self, used (alone or in the comparative G1438) of the third person, and (with the proper personal pronoun) of the other persons his
friends. φίλων Actively, fond, i.e., friendly (still as a noun, an associate, neighbor, etc.) friends

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  • 11  These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.

  • 12  This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.

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

  • 14  Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.

  • 15  Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.


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