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

  • A disciple
    Alex; While we're using the simile of planting seed, in the parable of the sower the different kinds of hearts were the responsibility of the men who had them; for this is the teaching. A heart trampled down hard by sin and the world, an unprepared heart, a wrongly planted seed among the cares and pleasures of this world, and an honest and good heart: all these have their effect on what we become.
  • Alex
    Disciple ty for reading me..27 times in the O.T. the prophets saw the world in travail and birth pains, simply b/c of the bridegroom and his seed which is the WORD,he does not refer to himself as the bridegoom for nothin, he has a seed to sow in humanity, which is the world,he says the field is the world where that good seed will be sown n our hearts , THATS Y HE HAS TO KNOW US
  • A disciple
    Alex; What does it mean that Christ shall be born in you? There is no place where the LORD or the Prophets ever use words like, "Impregnate the world." The Lord Jesus Christ came not to "spiritually" breed with the world, but to call His Elect OUT OF THE WORLD! Being "Born from above" is as when the Spirit and the power of God overshadowed the Lord's mother, when we receive the Word in our heart.
  • Alex
    Just as adam multiplied himself with his corruptible seed making humanity corruptible, Christ that 2 nd adam is gonna impregnate this whole world with his INCORRUPTIBLE SEED making humanity INCORRUPTIBLE,thats y we must be BORNAGAIN of INCORRUPTIBLE SEED WHICH ARE THE WORDS OF GOD,thats y the woman is giving birth in rev 12, we are that woman that is gonna birth christ, the field is the world, US
  • Alex
    Being born again means we are gonna birth Christ in our lives/hearts, that's why the sower wants to sow his seed in our hearts,that it might initiate a birth of Christ in us, that's why he always refers to himself as the son of man,which is the very essence of the new covenant,when Jeremiah saw the new covenant he also saw all men giving birth,simply because that incorruptible seed is the very seed of Christ
  • Steve morrow
    JOHN 3:6 THAT WHICH IS BORN OF THE FLESH IS FLESH AND THAT WHICH IS BORN OF THE SPIRIT IS SPIRIT --- GALATIANS 6:8 FOR HE THAT SOWETH TO HIS FLESH SHALL OF THE FLESH REAP CORRUPTION BUT HE THAT SOWETH TO THE SPIRIT SHALL OF THE SPIRIT REAP LIFE EVERLASTING --- JOHN 6:63 IT IS THE SPIRIT THAT QUICKENETH THE FLESH PROFITETH NOTHING THE WORDS THAT I SPEAK UNTO YOU THEY ARE SPIRIT AND THEY ARE LIFE