John 3:16

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For God so loued þe world, that he gaue his only begotten Sonne: that whosoeuer beleeueth in him, should not perish, but haue euerlasting life.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on him should not perish, but have eternal life.
- American Standard Version (1901)

For God had such love for the world that he gave his only Son, so that whoever has faith in him may not come to destruction but have eternal life.
- Basic English Bible

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only-begotten Son, that whosoever believes on him may not perish, but have life eternal.
- Darby Bible

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only-begotten Son, that whoever believeth in him, should not perish, but have everlasting life.
- Webster's Bible

For so greatly did God love the world that He gave His only Son, that every one who trusts in Him may not perish but may have the Life of Ages.
- Weymouth Bible

For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
- World English Bible

For God louede so the world, that he yaf his `oon bigetun sone, that ech man that bileueth in him perische not, but haue euerlastynge lijf.
- Wycliffe Bible

for God did so love the world, that His Son -- the only begotten -- He gave, that every one who is believing in him may not perish, but may have life age-during.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for John 3:16


3:16 Yea, and this was the very design of God's love in sending him into the world. Whosoever believeth on him - With that faith which worketh by love, and hold fast the beginning of his confidence steadfast to the end. God so loved the world - That is, all men under heaven; even those that despise his love, and will for that cause finally perish. Otherwise not to believe would be no sin to them. For what should they believe? Ought they to believe that Christ was given for them? Then he was given for them. He gave his only Son - Truly and seriously. And the Son of God gave himself, #Gal 4:4|, truly and seriously.


People's Bible Notes for John 3:16


Joh 3:16,17 For God so loved the world, etc. There is no sweeter verse in the Bible. It declares: (1) That God is love. (2) That he loved the world instead of hating it. (3) That he "so" loved that he gave his Son. The Son did not come to appease the Father's wrath, but the Father sent him because he loved so well. (4) That he came to keep men from perishing.

Discussion for John 3

  • Mbugua
    whatever we have comes from God. Corin.4:7, who makes us to differ from another? Only God. He created us in different colours and languages. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above. Our help comes from above.
  • Stephen F. Zielski
    Do not take a verse out of its context and use it for an excuse not to speak in tongues. If you truly have accepted Christ as your Lord and Savior according to what the Holy Word of Life says, then there is absolutely no excuse not to for its Gods Word and Will for all His People to do. Mainstream christianity failed to take this critical next step of this out of fear of rejection. Shalom.
  • Denis Korb
    Paul, not all Christians are given that particular gift.
  • Stephen F. Zielski
    PARADOX. Verse 27 ! God will send the Greater than John for our Blessed Lord Christ is Glorfied and seated at His Right Hand in Glory Everlasting Amen indeed. Gods chosen elect Zion will be baptised with the Holy Ghost Speaking in Tongues and once again be united with the Gentile church, throughly purged
  • Bro William
    The evidence of salvation received by the revelation of Jesus Christ is forgiveness and remission of sins. Sin no more lest a worse thing come upon you by accepting the lie that no one born again by the Holy Spirit of God is without sin. "We are all sinners" is not the confession of one who has been delivered from the power of darkness. If any man or woman is a true believer, they "sin no more".
  • Stephen F. Zielski
    HOLY {pneuma} SPIRIT {hagion} ! Speaking in Tongues is proof possitive in the realm of the 5 senses of God in Christ in you. POWER FROM ON HIGH ! BLESSED WITH ALL SPIRITUAL BLESSINGS AND SO MUCH MORE ! God bless you ! Shalom yedda dim {beloved one}.