"For God so loved1 the world that he gave2 his one and only Son,3 that whoever believes4 in him shall not perish but have eternal life.5
For God did not send his Son into the world6 to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.7
Whoever believes in him is not condemned,8 but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son.9
This is the verdict: Light10 has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.11
Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.12
But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God."
After this, Jesus and his disciples went out into the Judean countryside, where he spent some time with them, and baptized.13
Now John14 also was baptizing at Aenon near Salim, because there was plenty of water, and people were constantly coming to be baptized.
(This was before John was put in prison.)15
An argument developed between some of John's disciples and a certain Jew over the matter of ceremonial washing.16
They came to John and said to him, "Rabbi,17 that man who was with you on the other side of the Jordan--the one you testified18 about--well, he is baptizing, and everyone is going to him."
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