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
    The Holy Ghost is not the new inner man, but the Spirit of God given into our hearts for OUR new life in Christ. We are the heirs of Salvation; and the outward vessels appointed by God to confirm His testimony of Christ, and the Spirit's striving with men to convict them of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. Some friendly advice:) 'spiritualising' Scriptures as a methodology is not spiritual!
  • Alex
    There was none righteous no not ONE, we all carry the stain and the spot of Adam, THUS MANKIND NEEDS TO BE BORNAGAIN OF AN INCORRUPTIBLE SEED,even by the words of GOD, We must birth a new innerman which is the H.G. Thats y jesus refers to the H.G as the PROMISE he is the multiplication of Christ via his seed the word planted in our hearts I will multiply thy seed as the stars of heaven, TH PROMISE
  • Emanuel Fernandes
    The devils believe and tremble I believed in God and feared him when I was lost the difference is no heart felt conviction. No REPENTANCE THE MOST HATED MISUNDERSTOOD WORD IN THE WHOLE KJV
  • A disciple
    Sue; When God commands all men everywhere to repent and believe the Glad Tidings of our salvation through His Son Jesus Christ; the expectation in the command is to acknowledge the truth unto conversion and reconciliation. Jesus said, "Now are you CLEAN through the word that I have spoken unto you." If you have repented and are sincere, you are washed and clean and given a new life freed from sin!
  • Sue
    A person can b corrupt an sin but believe the word with all their heart. Are they still born of the spirit? As no one but Jesus was without sin
  • 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.