John 3:16

“ 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.”

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Other Translations

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

"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

  • Patty Tozi
    Love is the Light of God. We shine doing onto others as we are to do upon ourselves. I look for others going through hardships and help if God wills me to. Each morning l ask God to put me in front of those less fortunate. I learned the hard way in my life. I was chosen to endure for others my learnings. But l feel overwhelming emotions from it. Alone l go to gather Strength from my Father!
  • Patty Tozi
    When you say you Love all people, it is because you know God is Love to you. You want to return it to others to help them see how much His Son Jesus Christ suffered for our Sins. For God Is Total Love...PRAISE HIS HOLY NAME!!!
  • REV. Charles Mahan
    I am a rev for jesus christ and god, i love all people. rev charles mahan.
  • Tom
    Thank you, Lord Jesus!
  • Rhemmy
    John 3:14. Jesus has referenced Number 21 and occasions the children of Israel in the wilderness who've distrusted the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob: they had stop trusting God. Jesus is saying we are born again by believing the Gospel. We are born again by the transforming power of the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of the Father, and we born again only through faith in Jesus Christ, God's only Son.
  • Vanessa
    Makes me sad to know people still cant see the light, and deny Christ, I am not a preacher by any means, but I do try and plant a seed, how merciful and loving our God is to have sent his son to be nailed to a cross, Jesus is the only way for our salvation, we must believe in him, trust in him, and have faith in him, give our lives over to him let him lead our path, a true love for us all

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