1There was one of the Pharisees called Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews,
2who came to Jesus by night and said, 'Rabbi, we know that you have come from God as a teacher; forno one could perform the signs that you do unless God were with him.'
3Jesus answered: In al truth I tel you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born fromabove.
4Nicodemus said, 'How can anyone who is already old be born? Is it possible to go back into the wombagain and be born?'
5Jesus replied: In al truth I tel you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born throughwater and the Spirit;
6what is born of human nature is human; what is born of the Spirit is spirit.
7Do not be surprised when I say: You must be born from above.
8The wind blows where it pleases; you can hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from orwhere it is going. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.
9'How is that possible?' asked Nicodemus.
10Jesus replied, 'You are the Teacher of Israel, and you do not know these things!
11'In al truth I tel you, we speak only about what we know and witness only to what we have seen and yet you people reject our evidence.
12If you do not believe me when I speak to you about earthly things, how wil you believe me when Ispeak to you about heavenly things?
13No one has gone up to heaven except the one who came down from heaven, the Son of man;
14as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so must the Son of man be lifted up
15so that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.
16For this is how God loved the world: he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him maynot perish but may have eternal life.
17For God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but so that through him the world might besaved.
18No one who believes in him wil be judged; but whoever does not believe is judged already, becausethat person does not believe in the Name of God's only Son.
19And the judgement is this: though the light has come into the world people have preferred darkness tothe light because their deeds were evil.
20And indeed, everybody who does wrong hates the light and avoids it, to prevent his actions from beingshown up;
21but whoever does the truth comes out into the light, so that what he is doing may plainly appear asdone in God.'
22After this, Jesus went with his disciples into the Judaean countryside and stayed with them there andbaptised.
23John also was baptising at Aenon near Salim, where there was plenty of water, and people were goingthere and were being baptised.
24For John had not yet been put in prison.
25Now a discussion arose between some of John's disciples and a Jew about purification,
26so they went to John and said, 'Rabbi, the man who was with you on the far side of the Jordan, theman to whom you bore witness, is baptising now, and everyone is going to him.'
27John replied: 'No one can have anything except what is given him from heaven.
28'You yourselves can bear me out. I said, "I am not the Christ; I am the one who has been sent to go infront of him."
29'It is the bridegroom who has the bride; and yet the bridegroom's friend, who stands there and listensto him, is fil ed with joy at the bridegroom's voice. This is the joy I feel, and it is complete.
30He must grow greater, I must grow less.
31He who comes from above is above al others; he who is of the earth is earthly himself and speaks inan earthly way. He who comes from heaven
32bears witness to the things he has seen and heard, but his testimony is not accepted by anybody;
33though anyone who does accept his testimony is attesting that God is true,
34since he whom God has sent speaks God's own words, for God gives him the Spirit without reserve.
35The Father loves the Son and has entrusted everything to his hands.
36Anyone who believes in the Son has eternal life, but anyone who refuses to believe in the Son willnever see life: God's retribution hangs over him.'
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