John 3:18

He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

He that beleeueth on him, is not condemned: but hee that beleeueth not, is condemned already, because hee hath not beleeued in the Name of the onely begotten Sonne of God.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

He that believeth on him is not judged: he that believeth not hath been judged already, because he hath not believed on the name of the only begotten Son of God.
- American Standard Version (1901)

The man who has faith in him does not come up to be judged; but he who has no faith in him has been judged even now, because he has no faith in the name of the only Son of God.
- Basic English Bible

He that believes on him is not judged: but he that believes not has been already judged, because he has not believed on the name of the only-begotten Son of God.
- Darby Bible

He that believeth on him, is not condemned: but he that believeth not, is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only-begotten Son of God.
- Webster's Bible

He who trusts in Him does not come up for judgement. He who does not trust has already received sentence, because he has not his trust resting on the name of God's only Son.
- Weymouth Bible

He who believes in him is not judged. He who doesn't believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the one and only Son of God.
- World English Bible

He that bileueth in hym, is not demed; but he that bileueth not, is now demed, for he bileueth not in the name of the `oon bigetun sone of God.
- Wycliffe Bible

he who is believing in him is not judged, but he who is not believing hath been judged already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for John 3:18


3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned - Is acquitted, is justified before God. The name of the only - begotten Son of God - The name of a person is often put for the person himself. But perhaps it is farther intimated in that expression, that the person spoken of is great and magnificent. And therefore it is generally used to express either God the Father or the Son.


People's Bible Notes for John 3:18


Joh 3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned. "He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved" (Mr 16:16). Faith in Christ is essential to salvation, because it is the power that leads to obedience to him. He that believeth not is condemned already. "Shall be damned" (Mr 16:16). The unbeliever condemns himself. He is lost and refuses to be saved by Christ.

Discussion for John 3

  • Mbugua
    Eternal life is an immortality which involves not only the soul but also the body since from creation man was made for never ending life, not death. The death and resurrection of Jesus provide the basis for and give the picture of the devinely appointed redemption life. To have eternal life means more than to live forever and not only future possession but also a present reality
  • Dorothy Tillis
    Chapter 3 of the book of John testifies of JESUS CHRIST, SON OF THE LIVING GOD. JESUS IS THE TRUTH, THE WAY, THE LIGHT. HE WHO is THE WAY said; no man cometh unto the FATHER except through by me. HE came down from the FATHER of LIGHT. HE IS THE LIGHT that shines in darkness. He that loves HIM will draw to that LIGHT. The word declares, the FATHER was in HIM reconciling the world back unto HIMSELF.
  • Henrietta Nichols
    I believe this chapter is the truth, the way, and the life. It answers every believer and unbelievers question. How can we know Him? By standing still and letting his will be done Not our will but His will, will be done in Jesus Name Amen.
  • Bill
    to Irene123 Yes, one only has to believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and died for all your sin. Repentance comes with the indwelling and filling of the Holy Spirit. He convicts you of the sin that separates you from Jesus and once as a believer ( born again - saved) He convicts the believer of judgement at the judgement seat of Christ. Not eternal judgement but judgement unto reward.
  • Irene123
    To Debbie on Jn. ch. 3 - Can you explain what all is entailed in one's 'believing'? We have to only believe?
  • Janet Istre
    when I got saved ( I was catholic ) so I went to confession and I told the Priest in confession what had happened to me cause I was a changed soul!! I told Him about these very verses !! And I'll be !! He quit the priesthood to really serve God in the right and proper way and His last sermon as a priest was to tell the truth about JESUS and to tell us he was leaving and dusting his shoes off !!

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