Now there was a man of the Pharisees named 1Nicodemus, 2a ruler of the Jews.
This man came to Jesus3 by night and said to him, 4"Rabbi, 5we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do 6unless God is with him."
Jesus answered him, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is 7born 8again he cannot 9see the kingdom of God."
Nicodemus 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?"
Jesus answered, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born 10of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.
11That which is born of the flesh is 12flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
13Do not marvel that I said to you, 'You must be born 14again.'
15The wind blows 16where 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."
Nicodemus said to him, 17"How can these things be?"
Jesus answered him, "Are you the teacher of Israel 18and yet you do not understand these things?
Truly, truly, I say to you, 19we speak of what we know, and bear witness to what we have seen, but 20you do not receive our testimony.
If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you heavenly things?
21No one has 22ascended into heaven except 23he who descended from heaven, the Son of Man.
And 24as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man 25be lifted up,
that whoever believes 26in him 27may have eternal life.
"For 28God so loved 29the world,30 that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not 31perish but have eternal life.
For 32God did not send his Son into the world 33to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.
34Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not 35believed in the name of the only Son of God.
36And this is the judgment: 37the light has come into the world, and 38people loved the darkness rather than the light because 39their works were evil.
40For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, 41lest his works should be exposed.
But whoever 42does what is true 43comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God."