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John 15:12

Context
NET ©

My commandment is this – to love one another just as I have loved you. 1 

NIV ©

My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.

NASB ©

"This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you.

NLT ©

I command you to love each other in the same way that I love you.

MSG ©

This is my command: Love one another the way I loved you.

BBE ©

This is the law I give you: Have love one for another, even as I have love for you.

NRSV ©

"This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.

NKJV ©

"This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.


KJV
This
<3778>
is
<2076> (5748)
my
<1699>
commandment
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That
<2443>
ye love
<25> (5725)
one another
<240>_,
as
<2531>
I have loved
<25> (5656)
you
<5209>_.
NASB ©
"This
<3778>
is My commandment
<1785>
, that you love
<25>
one
<240>
another
<240>
, just
<2531>
as I have loved
<25>
you.
GREEK
auth
<3778>
D-NSF
estin
<1510> (5748)
V-PXI-3S
h
<3588>
T-NSF
entolh
<1785>
N-NSF
h
<3588>
T-NSF
emh
<1699>
S-1NSF
ina
<2443>
CONJ
agapate
<25> (5725)
V-PAS-2P
allhlouv
<240>
C-APM
kaywv
<2531>
ADV
hgaphsa
<25> (5656)
V-AAI-1S
umav
<5209>
P-2AP
NET © [draft] ITL
My
<1699>
commandment
<1785>
is
<1510>
this
<3778>
– to
<2443>
love
<25>
one another
<240>
just as
<2531>
I have loved
<25>
you
<5209>
.
NET ©

My commandment is this – to love one another just as I have loved you. 1 

NET © Notes

sn Now the reference to the commandments (plural) in 15:10 have been reduced to a singular commandment: The disciples are to love one another, just as Jesus has loved them. This is the ‘new commandment’ of John 13:34, and it is repeated in 15:17. The disciples’ love for one another is compared to Jesus’ love for them. How has Jesus shown his love for the disciples? This was illustrated in 13:1-20 in the washing of the disciples’ feet, introduced by the statement in 13:1 that Jesus loved them “to the end.” In context this constitutes a reference to Jesus’ self-sacrificial death on the cross on their behalf; the love they are to have for one another is so great that it must include a self-sacrificial willingness to die for one another if necessary. This is exactly what Jesus is discussing here, because he introduces the theme of his sacrificial death in the following verse. In John 10:18 and 14:31 Jesus spoke of his death on the cross as a commandment he had received from his Father, which also links the idea of commandment and love as they are linked here. One final note: It is not just the degree or intensity of the disciples’ love for one another that Jesus is referring to when he introduces by comparison his own death on the cross (that they must love one another enough to die for one another) but the very means of expressing that love: It is to express itself in self-sacrifice for one another, sacrifice up to the point of death, which is what Jesus himself did on the cross (cf. 1 John 3:16).



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