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 3:16

  • I question the word "only" from John 3-16.
  • Peace comes through hearing His Word, hearing gives hope, hope opens our hearts to faith and faith leads us to Jesus -- God the Father's love for us is unmatched and comforting.
  • Anthony Sims for verse 16
    The single greatest verse of God's love ever procaimed. Even nonbelievers know this verse. John witnessed this verse being shared during a divine appointment between Jesus and Nicodemus. Jesus waited for our Father to set up the perfect place and time for this appointment. Nicodemus went seeking, and he found what he was searching for. So many times I get in a hurry to further the kingdom of heaven my way, that often I am misunderstood. The message comes across forceful and condemning. God loves to see His Kingdom multiply but it must be done God's way. Today I will pray for God to arrange divine appointments for me so they will be more effective. I am to sew seeds ONLY. God nurtures and grows them as only GOD can. Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Praise God! Jesus is alive! Hallelujah!
  • MockingBird for verse 16
    God is always giving. He never takes back. He keeps giving and giving. My walk with God is a faith walk. Sometimes I seem to think I am so far away from my Lord God : But He has not moved : He is and always will be on His throne working on my behalf as long as I keep on praying : keep on believing , and keep on being a doer of His word. He gives and gives and gives !!!!
  • Paul Fishman for verse 16
    These are the absolute basics America 2015 must be taught again especially in the church. The prosperity and emergent new churches must relearn and obey John 3:16 again so they won 't perish when America passes away.
  • Sarah Tetteh for verse 16
    God in is own way demonstrate is love by giving is only son that whoever cries up to Him might be saved. So abiding to the will of God and accepting His only begotten son as the mediater from God to man is our salvation given to us to live on earth