Now there was a man of the Pharisees, named 1Nicodemus, a 2ruler of the Jews;
this man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, "3Rabbi, we know that You have come from God as a teacher; for no one can do these 4signs that You do unless 5God is with him."
Jesus answered and said to him, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one 6is born again he cannot see 7the kingdom of God."
Nicodemus said to Him, "How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born, can he?"
Jesus answered, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of 8water and the Spirit he cannot enter into 9the kingdom of God.
"10That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
"Do not be amazed that I said to you, 'You must be born again.'
"11The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit."
Nicodemus said to Him, "How can these things be?"
Jesus answered and said to him, "Are you 12the teacher of Israel and do not understand these things?
"Truly, truly, I say to you, 13we speak of what we know and 14testify of what we have seen, and 15you do not accept our testimony.
"If I told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things?
"16No one has ascended into heaven, but 17He who descended from heaven: 18the Son of Man.
"As 19Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must 20the Son of Man 21be lifted up;
so that whoever believes will 22in Him have eternal life.
"For God so 23loved the world, that He 24gave His 25only begotten Son, that whoever 26believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.
"For God 27did not send the Son into the world 28to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.
"29He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of 30the only begotten Son of God.
"This is the judgment, that 31the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for 32their deeds were evil.
"33For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.
"But he who 34practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God."
After these things Jesus and His 35disciples came into the land of Judea, and there He was spending time with them and 36baptizing.
John also was baptizing in Aenon near Salim, because there was much water there; and people were coming and were being baptized -
for 37John had not yet been thrown into prison.
Therefore there arose a discussion on the part of John's disciples with a Jew about 38purification.
And they came to John and said to him, "39Rabbi, He who was with you 40beyond the Jordan, to whom you 41have testified, behold, He is baptizing and all are coming to Him."
John answered and said, "42A man can receive nothing unless it 43has been given him from heaven.
"You yourselves are my witnesses that I said, '44I am not the Christ,' but, 'I have been sent ahead of Him.'
"He who has the bride is 45the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom's voice. So this 46joy of mine has been made full.
"He must increase, but I must decrease.
"47He who comes from above is above all, 48he who is of the earth is from the earth and speaks of the earth. 49He who comes from heaven is above all.
"What He has seen and heard, of that He 50testifies; and 51no one receives His testimony.
"He who has received His testimony 52has set his seal to this, that God is true.
"For He whom God has 53sent speaks the words of God; 54for He gives the Spirit without measure.
"55The Father loves the Son and 56has given all things into His hand.
"He who 57believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who 58does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him."