This short article, or more like some notes, is to draw attention to all the books of the Bible with chapter 3:16 and see some similar patterns, trends, or key words. We all know John 3:16 as perhaps the most well-known verse in the whole Bible. But how many of us know the other books containing chapter 3:16 and the messages that God wants to tell us? This is an encouragement for a good study on these verses. Perhaps some of the chapter 3:16’s do not make sense as to why they belong there, but God put it there to tell us something.
Scripture quotes are taken from the King James Version (1611).
Genesis 3:16 – Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.
Exodus 3:16 – Go, and gather the elders of Israel together, and say unto them, The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, appeared unto me, saying, I have surely visited you, and seen that which is done to you in Egypt.
Deuteronomy 3:16 – And unto the Reubenites and unto the Gadites I gave from Gilead even unto the river Arnon half the valley, and the border even unto the river Jabbok, which is the border of the children of Ammon.
Joshua 3:16 – That the waters which came down from above stood and rose up upon an heap very far from the city Adam, that is beside Zaretan: and those that came down toward the sea of the plain, even the salt sea, failed, and were cut off: and the people passed over right against Jericho.
Judges 3:16 – But Ehud made him a dagger which had two edges, of a cubit length; and he did gird it under his raiment upon his right thigh. Think about the dagger with two edges and read Hebrews 4:12.
Ruth 3:16 – And when she came to her mother in law, she said, Who art thou, my daughter? And she told her all that the man had done to her. Think about what God did for us in John 3:16.
1 Samuel 3:16 – Then Eli called Samuel, and said, Samuel, my son. And he answered, Here am I. Think about the word ‘son’ but with the capital S from John 3:16.
1 Kings 3:16 – Then came there two women, that were harlots, unto the king, and stood before him. Think about John 3:16 again, and how God so loved the world, no matter what type of person you are, God loves you and sent His Son for you.
1 Chronicles 3:16 – And the sons of Jehoiakim: Jeconiah his son, Zedekiah his son. Think about the word ‘son’.
Ezra 3:16 – there is no verse 16 in this chapter.
Nehemiah 3:16 – After him repaired Nehemiah the son of Azbuk, the ruler of the half part of Bethzur, unto the place over against the sepulchres of David, and to the pool that was made, and unto the house of the mighty.
Esther 3:16 – there is no verse 16 in this chapter.
Psalm 3:16 – there is no verse 16 in this Psalm.
Song of Songs 3:16 – there is no verse 16 in this chapter.
Isaiah 3:16 – Moreover the LORD saith, Because the daughters of Zion are haughty, and walk with stretched forth necks and wanton eyes, walking and mincing as they go, and making a tinkling with their feet.
Jeremiah 3:16 – And it shall come to pass, when ye be multiplied and increased in the land, in those days, saith the LORD, they shall say no more, The ark of the covenant of the LORD: neither shall it come to mind: neither shall they remember it; neither shall they visit it; neither shall that be done any more.
Lamentations 3:16 – He hath also broken my teeth with gravel stones, he hath covered me with ashes.
Hosea 3:16 – there is no verse 16 in this chapter.
Joel 3:16 – The LORD also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the LORD will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel.
Amos 3:16 – there is no verse 16 in this chapter.
Obadiah – there is only one chapter in this book, therefore no chapter 3:16.
Jonah 3:16 – there is no verse 16 in this chapter.
Micah 3:16 – there is no verse 16 in this chapter.
Habakkuk 3:16 – When I heard, my belly trembled; my lips quivered at the voice: rottenness entered into my bones, and I trembled in myself, that I might rest in the day of trouble: when he cometh up unto the people, he will invade them with his troops.
Haggai – there are only 2 chapters in this book, so no chapter 3:16.
Zechariah 3:16 – there is no verse 16 in this chapter.
Malachi 3:16 – Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before Him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon His name. There is a connection between this verse and John 3:16.
These are all the books in the Old Testament with a chapter 3:16. As we have seen, not all of the books have a chapter 3:16, and not all the books even have a chapter 3. We now come to the books of the New Testament containing a chapter 3:16 to see what the message is for us.
Matthew 3:16 – And Jesus, when He was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto Him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon Him.
Mark 3:16 – And Simon He surnamed Peter. Think about how God loved us and that whoever believes in His Son has eternal life. Jesus gave Simon a new name, Peter. This is a result of eternal life – all things new.
Luke 3:16 – John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but One mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire.
John 3:16 – 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. This is what is referred to as perhaps the most well-known and simplest verse to memorise.
Romans 3:16 – Destruction and misery are in their ways.
1 Corinthians 3:16 – Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?.
2 Corinthians 3:16 – Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away.
Galatians 3:16 – Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ. Think about the link in John 3:16 – the only begotten Son of God.
Colossians 3:16 – Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
1 Thessalonians 3:16 – there is no verse 16 in this chapter.
2 Thessalonians 3:16 – Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace always by all means. The Lord be with you all.
1 Timothy 3:16 – And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory. There is a strong link/connection with John 3:16.
Titus 3:16 – there is no verse 16 in this chapter.
Philemon – there is only one chapter in this book, therefore no chapter 3:16.
2 Peter 3:16 – As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.
1 John 3:16 – Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. Think about how God gave His only begotten Son for us – He laid down His life for us. There is a connection here.
2 John, 3 John and Jude are all one chapter each, therefore there is no chapter 3:16.
Revelation 3:16 – So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. The last book of the Bible, chapter 3:16 sends us a strong message about being ‘neutral’ or ‘indifferent’ in the things of God and in our gatherings together. Think about the connection in the last book of the Old Testament, Malachi 3:16 those few who thought on the name of the Lord and spoke of Him, and now in our day and age, how many of us do the same thing? How many of us are ‘lukewarm’? I am sure that lukewarm water is not pleasant to the taste and would be spued out immediately. May it not be with us and our spiritual attitude.