John 3

The New Birth

1 Now there was a man of the Pharisees, named aNicodemus, a bruler of the Jews; 2this man came to
Lit Him
Jesus at night and said to Him, “ dRabbi, we know that You have come from God as a teacher; for no one can do these
I.e., confirming miracles
fsigns that You do unless gGod is with him.”
3Jesus responded and said to him, Truly, truly, I say to you, unless someone his born
Or from above
again he cannot see jthe kingdom of God.”

4 Nicodemus *said to Him, “How can a person be born when he is old? He cannot enter his mother’s womb a second time and be born, can he?” 5Jesus answered, Truly, truly, I say to you, unless someone is born of kwater and the Spirit, he cannot enter lthe kingdom of God. 6 mThat which has been born of the flesh is flesh, and that which has been born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must be born
Or from above
8 oThe wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it is coming from and where it is going; so is everyone who has been born of the Spirit.”

9 Nicodemus responded and said to Him, “How can these things be?” 10Jesus answered and said to him, “You are pthe teacher of Israel, and yet you do not understand these things? 11 Truly, truly, I say to you, qwe speak of what we know and rtestify of what we have seen, and syou people do not accept our testimony. 12 If I told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things? 13 tNo one has ascended into heaven, except uHe who descended from heaven: vthe Son of Man. 14 And just as wMoses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must xthe Son of Man ybe lifted up, 15 so that everyone who
Or believes in Him will have eternal life
believes will aahave eternal life in Him.

16 “For God so abloved the world, that He acgave His adonly Son, so that everyone who aebelieves in Him will not perish, but have eternal life. 17 For God afdid not send the Son into the world agto judge the world, but so that the world might be saved through Him. 18 ahThe one who believes in Him is not judged; the one who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of aithe only Son of God. 19 And this is the judgment, that ajthe Light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the Light; for aktheir deeds were evil. 20 alFor everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light, so that his deeds will not be exposed. 21 But the one who ampractices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds will be revealed
Lit that they have been
as having been performed in God.”

John the Baptist’s Last Testimony

22 After these things Jesus and His aodisciples came into the land of Judea; and there He was spending time with them and apbaptizing. 23Now John also was baptizing in Aenon, near Salim, because there was an abundance of water there; and people were coming and being baptized-- 24for aqJohn had not yet been thrown into prison.

25 Then a matter of dispute developed on the part of John’s disciples with a Jew about
I.e., ceremonial washing
26And they came to John and said to him, “ atRabbi, He who was with you aubeyond the Jordan, to whom you avhave testified --behold, He is baptizing and all the people are coming to Him.” 27John replied, “ awA person can receive not even one thing unless it axhas been given to him from heaven. 28You yourselves
Lit testify for me
are my witnesses that I said, ‘ azI am not the
I.e., Messiah
Christ,’ but, ‘I have been sent ahead of Him.’
29He who has the bride is bbthe groom; but the friend of the groom, who stands and listens to him, rejoices greatly because of the groom’s voice. So this bcjoy of mine has been made full. 30He must
Or become greater
increase, but I must
Or become less important

31bfHe who comes from above is above all; bgthe one who is only from the earth is of the earth and speaks of the earth. bhHe who comes from heaven is above all. 32What He has seen and heard, of this He bitestifies; and bjno one accepts His testimony. 33The one who has accepted His testimony bkhas certified that God is true. 34For He whom God blsent speaks the words of God; bmfor He does not give the Spirit
Lit from measure
35 boThe Father loves the Son and bphas entrusted all things to His hand. 36The one who bqbelieves in the Son has eternal life; but the one who brdoes not
I.e., in belief
obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.”

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