John 3

You Must Be Born Again

1Now there was a man of the Pharisees named a  Nicodemus b  a ruler of the Jews. 2This man came to Jesus
Greek him
d  by night and said to him e  Rabbi f  we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do g  unless God is with him.”
3Jesus answered him, Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is h  born i  again
Or from above; the Greek is purposely ambiguous and can mean both  again and from above; also verse 7
he cannot k  see the kingdom of God.”
4Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” 5Jesus answered, Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born l  of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 6 m  That which is born of the flesh is n  flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
The same Greek word means both wind and  spirit
7 p  Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You
The Greek for  you is plural here
must be born r  again.’
8 s  The wind
The same Greek word means both  wind and spirit
blows u  where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

9Nicodemus said to him v  How can these things be?” 10Jesus answered him, Are you the teacher of Israel w  and yet you do not understand these things? 11Truly, truly, I say to you x  we speak of what we know, and bear witness to what we have seen, but y  you
The Greek for  you is plural here; also four times in verse 12
do not receive our testimony.
12If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you heavenly things? 13 aa  No one has ab  ascended into heaven except ac  he who descended from heaven, the Son of Man.
Some manuscripts add who is in heaven
14And ae  as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man af  be lifted up, 15that whoever believes ag  in him ah  may have eternal life.
Some interpreters hold that the quotation ends at verse 15

For God So Loved the World

16For aj  God so loved ak  the world
Or  For this is how God loved the world
am  that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not an  perish but have eternal life.
17For ao  God did not send his Son into the world ap  to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. 18 aq  Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not ar  believed in the name of the only Son of God. 19 as  And this is the judgment: at  the light has come into the world, and au  people loved the darkness rather than the light because av  their works were evil. 20 aw  For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light ax  lest his works should be exposed. 21But whoever ay  does what is true az  comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.”

John the Baptist Exalts Christ

22After this Jesus and his disciples went into the Judean countryside, and he remained there with them and ba  was baptizing. 23John also was baptizing at Aenon near Salim, because water was plentiful there, and people were coming and being baptized 24(for bb  John had not yet been put in prison).

25Now a discussion arose between some of John’s disciples and a Jew over bc  purification. 26And they came to John and said to him bd  Rabbi, he who was with you across the Jordan be  to whom you bore witnesslook, he is baptizing, and bf  all are going to him.” 27John answered bg  “A person cannot receive even one thing bh  unless it is given him bi  from heaven. 28You yourselves bear me witness, that I said bj  I am not the Christ, but bk  I have been sent before him.’ 29 bl  The one who has the bride is the bridegroom. bm  The friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him bn  rejoices greatly at the bridegroom’s voice. Therefore this joy of mine is now complete. 30 bo  He must increase, but I must decrease.”
Some interpreters hold that the quotation continues through verse 36

31 bq  He who comes from above br  is above all. He who is of the earth belongs to the earth and bs  speaks in an earthly way. bt  He who comes from heaven bu  is above all. 32 bv  He bears witness to what he has seen and heard bw  yet no one receives his testimony. 33Whoever receives his testimony bx  sets his seal to this, by  that God is true. 34For he whom bz  God has sent utters the words of God, for he gives the Spirit ca  without measure. 35 cb  The Father loves the Son and cc  has given all things into his hand. 36 cd  Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; ce  whoever does not obey the Son shall not cf  see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.

Copyright information for ESV