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.

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16 “For God so [greatly] loved and dearly prized the world, that He [even] gave His [One and] [a]only begotten Son, so that whoever believes and trusts in Him [as Savior] shall not perish, but have eternal life.

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Footnotes

  1. John 3:16 Jesus, God’s only Son, the One who is truly unique, the only one of His kind.

16 For here is the way God loved the world—he gave his only, unique Son as a gift.[a] So now everyone who believes in him[b] will never perish but experience everlasting life.

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Footnotes

  1. 3:16 Or “God proved he loved the world by giving his Son.”
  2. 3:16 Or “believe into him.” Salvation and regeneration come only by faith. True faith (Gr. pistis) contains a number of components: acceptance, embracing something (someone) as truth, union with God and his Word, and an inner confidence that God alone is enough.

16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his only and unique Son, so that everyone who trusts in him may have eternal life, instead of being utterly destroyed.

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