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17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn[a] the world, but that the world might be saved through him.(A) 18 Whoever believes in him will not be condemned, but whoever does not believe has already been condemned, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.(B) 19 [b]And this is the verdict,(C) that the light came into the world, but people preferred darkness to light, because their works were evil.

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Footnotes

  1. 3:17–19 Condemn: the Greek root means both judgment and condemnation. Jesus’ purpose is to save, but his coming provokes judgment; some condemn themselves by turning from the light.
  2. 3:19 Judgment is not only future but is partially realized here and now.

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