John 3:1-21 DBY

1 But there was a man from among the Pharisees, his name Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews;
2 he came to him by night, and said to him, Rabbi, we know that thou art come a teacher from God, for none can do these signs that thou doest unless God be with him.
3 Jesus answered and said to him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except any one be born anew he cannot see the kingdom of God.

References for John 3:3

    • a 3:3 - Not only 'again,' but 'entirely afresh,' as from a new source of life and point of departure; translated in Luke 1.3, 'from the origin.' It is a new source and beginning of life.
      4 Nicodemus says to him, How can a man be born being old? can he enter a second time into the womb of his mother and be born?
      5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except any one be born of water and of Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
      6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
      7 Do not wonder that I said to thee, It is needful that *ye* should be born anew.
      8 The wind blows where it will, and thou hearest its voice, but knowest not whence it comes and where it goes: thus is every one that is born of the Spirit.
      9 Nicodemus answered and said to him, How can these things be?
      10 Jesus answered and said to him, Thou art the teacher of Israel and knowest not these things!
      11 Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that which we know, and we bear witness of that which we have seen, and ye receive not our witness.
      12 If I have said the earthly things to you, and ye believe not, how, if I say the heavenly things to you, will ye believe?
      13 And no one has gone up into heaven, save he who came down out of heaven, the Son of man who is in heaven.
      14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, thus must the Son of man be lifted up,
      15 that every one who believes on him may [not perish, but] have life eternal.
      16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only-begotten Son, that whosoever believes on him may not perish, but have life eternal.

      References for John 3:16

        • b 3:16 - I have hesitated a moment whether 'so' referred to the kind of love that gives 'eternal life,' which is mentioned in verse 15, and is the great subject of John, in contrast with all earthly blessings and favour. The sense then would thus be, that he has loved men in view of eternal life, 'so that' he has given, &c. (See 'so,' Acts 14. 1.) When followed by 'that,' the regular force of the Greek is, 'so much that.'
        • c 3:16 - Lit. 'every one who,' as ver. 15.
          17 For God has not sent his Son into the world that he may judge the world, but that the world may be saved through him.
          18 He that believes on him is not judged: but he that believes not has been already judged, because he has not believed on the name of the only-begotten Son of God.

          References for John 3:18

            • d 3:18 - Eis, as in ver. 36; chs. 4.39; 6.29,35,40.
              19 And this is the judgment, that light is come into the world, and men have loved darkness rather than light; for their works were evil.
              20 For every one that does evil hates the light, and does not come to the light that his works may not be shewn as they are;

              References for John 3:20

                • e 3:20 - Elenko: to show the true character of anything, so as to convict, and hence reprove by showing a man's fault. It is used in chs. 8.46, 'convinces;' 16.8, 'bring demonstration;' Eph. 5.11,13, 'reprove' and 'expose.'
                  21 but he that practises the truth comes to the light, that his works may be manifested that they have been wrought in God.