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

  • Dan phillips for verse 16
    The word believeth has a broader meaning in the original greek: believe in Jesus trust in Jesus commit to Jesus. Also, "eternal " is not speaking of time, all saints sinners will live forever in heaven or hell, but those who truly believe trust commit to Jesus will have an unlimited quality of life, ulimited quality of love joy peace all fruits of the Spirit available as we live for Jesus allow only Him to live thru us.
  • When you read Jon 3:16, go on and read through John 3:18. John 3:16-18 says it all. We need to believe in his name . Yahshua is the saviors real name and Yahshua is the only name under heaven whereby we can be saved. Ask Yahwey . He will freely show you all things.
  • praise the lord in heaven, this is true if you really believe in God and have him in your heart you will have a everlasting life too. this is on of the most touching verses and one of my favorite bible verse of all.
  • This is Gods everlasting word!!! Praise our Lord Jesus Christ for he is coming soon! Amen
  • I THINK THAT WORLD SHOULD LOVE THIS VERSE BECAUS IF MORE PEOLE GET MORE IN THE BIBLE MORE KIDS AND MEN AND GIRLS BELVIE I BELIVE IN THE HOLY ONE OF ALL THE ONE WHO WAS JUST CRYING FOR GOD TO FORGIVE HIM
  • Jerome Smith for verse 16
    If you should no I love it. Three in one. The father, son, god.