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.
Note 9 at Joh 3:16: The Greek word "MONOGENES" was translated "only begotten" in this verse. This word is used only nine times in the New Testament with five of these times referring to Jesus (Joh 1:14, 18, 3:16, 18; and 1Jo 4:9). The other four instances clearly refer to an only child (Lu 7:12, 8:42, 9:38; and Heb 11:17). Use of this word in describing Jesus as God's Son further sets apart the virgin birth from all others and underscores, once again, the divinity of Jesus (see note 5 at Mr 1:1, note 2 at Mr 1:10, note 1 at Lu 1:27, note 3 at Lu 1:43, note 1 at Lu 2:11, and note 1 at Joh 1:1).