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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.

17 “God did not send his Son into the world to judge and condemn the world, but to be its Savior and rescue it![c]

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  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.
  3. 3:17 The Aramaic is “so that they shall live by his hand” (of power).