Bible Translation Comparison

Word for Word (Formal Translations)

Formal translations are literal translations that have been translated word for word from the original texts.

  • Amplified Bible AMP
  • English Standard Version ESV
  • King James Version KJV
  • New King James Version NKJV
  • New American Standard Bible NASB

Thought for Thought (Dynamic Translations)

Dynamic translations are translated phrase by phrase and use contemporary language for ease of reading.

  • Holman Christian Standard Bible HCSB
  • New American Bible NASB
  • New International Version NIV
  • New Living Translation NLT
  • New Revised Standard Version NRSV

Paraphrase Translations

Paraphrase translations are use modern language and try to capture the thought or meaning behind the original text.

  • Good News Translation GNT
  • The Message MSG
  • New International Readers Version NIrV
  • The Living Bible TLB

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John 3:16 Formal Translations

  • John 3:16 (AMP)  For God so [greatly] loved and dearly prized the world, that He [even] gave His [One and] only begotten Son, so that whoever believes and trusts in Him [as Savior] shall not perish, but have eternal life.
  • John 3:16 (ESV) For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
  • John 3:16 (KJV) 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.
  • John 3:16 (NKJV) For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
  • John 3:16 (NASB) 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.

John 3:16 Dynamic Translations

  • John 3:16 (HCSB) For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.
  • John 3:16 (NASB) 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.
  • John 3:16 (NIV) For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
  • John 3:16 (NLT) For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.
  • John 3:16 (NRSV) For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.

John 3:16 Paraphrase Translations

  • John 3:16 (GNT) 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.
  • John 3:16 (MSG) This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person’s failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him.
  • John 3:16 (NIrV) God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son. Anyone who believes in him will not die but will have eternal life.
  • John 3:16 (TLB) For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son so that anyone who believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

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