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33 “My dear friends,[a] I only have a brief time left to be with you. And then you will search and long for me. But I tell you what I told the Jewish leaders: you’ll not be able to come where I am.[b]

34 “So I give you now a new[c] commandment: Love each other just as much as I have loved you. 35 For when you demonstrate the same love I have for you by loving one another, everyone will know that you’re my true followers.”

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Footnotes

  1. John 13:33 Or “children.”
  2. John 13:33 See John 7:33-34.
  3. John 13:34 Jesus sets a new standard of love before his followers. Although the Old Testament does instruct us to love one another (Lev. 19:18, 34; Deut. 10:18), Jesus now gives the commandment to use his standard of love for us as the true measurement of love as we care for one another.

33 “My children, I will be with you only a little longer. You will look for me, and just as I told the Jews, so I tell you now: Where I am going, you cannot come.(A)

34 “A new command(B) I give you: Love one another.(C) As I have loved you, so you must love one another.(D) 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”(E)

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