John 3:16

John 3:16 ( chapter 3, verse 16 of John's Gospel ) is a well-known verse of the Bible, which has gained more importance, especially in the American public.

The verse applies as a summary of important Christian beliefs and is referred to in addition to various other places in the Gospels as the " Gospel in the Gospel ", in English as "gospel in a nutshell".


The verse reads in the King James Bible:

"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."

In the Revised Standard Version it is rendered as:

"For God loved the world so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. "

Biblical context

The verse is part of a nightly conversation between Jesus and Nicodemus in Jerusalem, a Pharisee and " leader of the Jews" (Jn 3:1-21 EU). Due to the character of Jesus Nicodemus is convinced that Jesus is sent by God. In the further course of the conversation is about the conditions for entry into eternal life. Verse 16 appears as Jesus' statement and take its lesson to Nicodemus together: faith in Jesus is the only way to eternal life.


John 3:16 is mainly caused by its opening words "For God so loved the world " in Martin Luther's translation known. In church music, there are several major musical settings, including through

  • Heinrich Schütz, For God so loved the world, motet SWV 380 ( Op. 11/12)
  • Dietrich Buxtehude, For God so loved the world, cantata BuxWV 5
  • Georg Philipp Telemann, For God so loved the world, cantata, 23 TVWV1: 82
  • Johann Sebastian Bach, God so loved the world, Cantata, BWV 68 68
  • Hugo Distler, For God so loved the world, cantata, Liturgical rates op 13

A translation of this verse in different languages ​​is well-known part of the introduction to the Gideon Bibles.

Importance in American culture as the " John 3:16 "

The Versangabe John 3:16 is rendered in the English-speaking world in the form of John 3:16. In this form, the specification title of a series of songs of pop music, including Wyclef Jean, Method Man and Katiejane Garside. In the United States, the chain In-N- Out Burger prints the verse on the inside edge of their paper cups; the clothing chain Forever 21 prints it on the bottom of their shopping bags. Even at public events often keep people highly fonts appropriate panel to promote their Christian convictions.