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John 3 BBE/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Now there was among the Pharisees a man named Nicodemus, who was one of the rulers of the Jews. 1 Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a member of the Jewish ruling council.
2 He came to Jesus by night and said to him, Rabbi, we are certain that you have come from God as a teacher, because no man would be able to do these signs which you do if God was not with him. 2 He came to Jesus at night and said, "Rabbi, we know you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the miraculous signs you are doing if God were not with him."
3 Jesus said to him, Truly, I say to you, Without a new birth no man is able to see the kingdom of God. 3 In reply Jesus declared, "I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again."
4 Nicodemus said to him, How is it possible for a man to be given birth when he is old? Is he able to go into his mother's body a second time and come to birth again? 4 "How can a man be born when he is old?" Nicodemus asked. "Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother's womb to be born!"
5 Jesus said in answer, Truly, I say to you, If a man's birth is not from water and from the Spirit, it is not possible for him to go into the kingdom of God. 5 Jesus answered, "I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit.
6 That which has birth from the flesh is flesh, and that which has birth from the Spirit is spirit. 6 Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.
7 Do not be surprised that I say to you, It is necessary for you to have a second birth. 7 You should not be surprised at my saying, 'You must be born again.'
8 The wind goes where its pleasure takes it, and the sound of it comes to your ears, but you are unable to say where it comes from and where it goes: so it is with everyone whose birth is from the Spirit. 8 The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit."
9 And Nicodemus said to him, How is it possible for these things to be? 9 "How can this be?" Nicodemus asked.
10 And Jesus, answering, said, Are you the teacher of Israel and have no knowledge of these things? 10 "You are Israel's teacher," said Jesus, "and do you not understand these things?
11 Truly, I say to you, We say that of which we have knowledge; we give witness of what we have seen; and you do not take our witness to be true. 11 I tell you the truth, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony.
12 If you have no belief when my words are about the things of earth, how will you have belief if my words are about the things of heaven? 12 I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things?
13 And no one has ever gone up to heaven but he who came down from heaven, the Son of man. 13 No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven--the Son of Man.
14 As the snake was lifted up by Moses in the waste land, even so it is necessary for the Son of man to be lifted up: 14 Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up,
15 So that whoever has faith may have in him eternal life. 15 that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.
16 For God had such love for the world that he gave his only Son, so that whoever has faith in him may not come to destruction but have eternal life. 16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
17 God did not send his Son into the world to be judge of the world; he sent him so that the world might have salvation through him. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
18 The man who has faith in him does not come up to be judged; but he who has no faith in him has been judged even now, because he has no faith in the name of the only Son of God. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son.
19 And this is the test by which men are judged: the light has come into the world and men have more love for the dark than for the light, because their acts are evil. 19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.
20 The light is hated by everyone whose acts are evil and he does not come to the light for fear that his acts will be seen. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.
21 But he whose life is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his acts have been done by the help of God. 21 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."
22 After these things Jesus and his disciples went into the land of Judaea, and there he was with them for some time, giving baptism. 22 After this, Jesus and his disciples went out into the Judean countryside, where he spent some time with them, and baptized.
23 Now John was then giving baptism at Aenon near Salim, because there was much water there; and people came and were given baptism. 23 Now John also was baptizing at Aenon near Salim, because there was plenty of water, and people were constantly coming to be baptized.
24 For at this time John had not been put into prison. 24 (This was before John was put in prison.)
25 Then a question came up between John's disciples and a Jew about washing. 25 An argument developed between some of John's disciples and a certain Jew over the matter of ceremonial washing.
26 And they went to John and said to him, Rabbi, the man who was with you on the other side of the Jordan, the man to whom you gave witness, is now giving baptism, and everyone is going to him. 26 They came to John and said to him, "Rabbi, that man who was with you on the other side of the Jordan--the one you testified about--well, he is baptizing, and everyone is going to him."
27 And this was John's answer: A man is unable to have anything if it is not given to him from heaven. 27 To this John replied, "A man can receive only what is given him from heaven.
28 You yourselves give witness that I said, I am not the Christ. What I said was, I am sent before the Christ. 28 You yourselves can testify that I said, 'I am not the Christ but am sent ahead of him.'
29 He who has the bride is the husband: but the husband's friend, whose place is by his side and whose ears are open to him, is full of joy because of the husband's voice: such is my joy, and it is complete. 29 The bride belongs to the bridegroom. The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listens for him, and is full of joy when he hears the bridegroom's voice. That joy is mine, and it is now complete.
30 He has to become greater while I become less. 30 He must become greater; I must become less.
31 He who comes from heaven is greater than all others: he who comes from earth is of the earth, and of the earth are his words: he who comes from heaven is over all. 31 "The one who comes from above is above all; the one who is from the earth belongs to the earth, and speaks as one from the earth. The one who comes from heaven is above all.
32 He gives witness of what he has seen and of what has come to his ears; and no man takes his witness as true. 32 He testifies to what he has seen and heard, but no one accepts his testimony.
33 He who so takes his witness has made clear his faith that God is true. 33 The man who has accepted it has certified that God is truthful.
34 For he whom God has sent says God's words; and God does not give him the Spirit by measure. 34 For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God gives the Spirit without limit.
35 The Father has love for the Son and has put all things into his hands. 35 The Father loves the Son and has placed everything in his hands.
36 He who has faith in the Son has eternal life; but he who has not faith in the Son will not see life; God's wrath is resting on him. 36 Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God's wrath remains on him."