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Cancel at any time. You must be logged in to view your newly purchased content. The verse is part of the New Testament narrative in the third chapter of John in the discussion at Jerusalem between Jesus and Nicodemus , who is called a "ruler of the Jews". A representative sample of published Bible translations renders it as follows.
For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not die but have eternal life. Holman Christian Standard . 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.
It is worth noting that since this is perhaps the best-known verse, many translations have tried to maintain a traditional rendering. See also Modern English Bible translations. They conclude that the sense and syntax of the Greek construction here focuses on the nature of God's love, addressing its mode, intensity, and extent.
Accordingly, it emphasizes the greatness of the gift God has given. There are other scholars agreeing with this assessment.
This understanding of the intent in the original Greek is reflected in various scholarly commentaries and translations such as these:. Based on their analysis of the original Greek parallelistic structure of John 3: Various translations differ on whether this is a direct quote of Jesus or a comment of the narrator of the Gospel.
Print Twitter Facebook Email. It is the great mass of fallen humanity that needs salvation. But on the other hand, John 3: What is Christian meditation? Many feel it, and many people try to remove the tension in a way that dishonors the meaning either of verse 8 or verse Seven massively important words — representing seven great realities — that we need to understand so that the power and preciousness of this famous verse can have its full effect.
For example, the Good News Bible ends the quotation marks after verse 13 after which there is a footnote 'The quotation may continue through verse Computer scientist Donald Knuth is the author of 3: Each verse is accompanied by a rendering in calligraphic art, contributed by a group of calligraphers under the leadership of Hermann Zapf. David Pawson challenged the meaning and interpretation of the verse in his book Is John 3: Some people such as the Rainbow Man display the reference in large letters at sporting events, seeking the attention of fellow fans, the staff controlling the venue's giant video screens and, if the game is televised, the television audience.