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 (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. The ESV omits begotten. I can't read greek yet. Does the greek text have "begotten" or not? Or is it a textual variant?