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1 After dark one evening, a Jewish religious leader named Nicodemus, a Pharisee, 1 Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a member of the Jewish ruling council.
2 came to speak with Jesus. "Teacher," he said, "we all know that God has sent you to teach us. Your miraculous signs are proof enough that God is with you." 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 replied, "I assure you, unless you are born again, you can never 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 "What do you mean?" exclaimed Nicodemus. "How can an old man go back into his mother's womb and be born 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 replied, "The truth is, no one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit. 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 Humans can reproduce only human life, but the Holy Spirit gives new life from heaven. 6 Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.
7 So don't be surprised at my statement that you must be born again. 7 You should not be surprised at my saying, 'You must be born again.'
8 Just as you can hear the wind but can't tell where it comes from or where it is going, so you can't explain how people are born of 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 "What do you mean?" Nicodemus asked. 9 "How can this be?" Nicodemus asked.
10 Jesus replied, "You are a respected Jewish teacher, and yet you don't understand these things? 10 "You are Israel's teacher," said Jesus, "and do you not understand these things?
11 I assure you, I am telling you what we know and have seen, and yet you won't believe us. 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 But if you don't even believe me when I tell you about things that happen here on earth, how can you possibly believe if I tell you what is going on in 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 For only I, the Son of Man, have come to earth and will return to heaven again. 13 No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven--the Son of Man.
14 And as Moses lifted up the bronze snake on a pole in the wilderness, so I, the Son of Man, must be lifted up on a pole, 14 Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up,
15 so that everyone who believes in me will have eternal life." 15 that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.
16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish 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 condemn it, but to save it." 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
18 "There is no judgment awaiting those who trust him. But those who do not trust him have already been judged for not believing in 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 Their judgment is based on this fact: The light from heaven came into the world, but they loved the darkness more than the light, for their actions were 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 They hate the light because they want to sin in the darkness. They stay away from the light for fear their sins will be exposed and they will be punished. 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 those who do what is right come to the light gladly, so everyone can see that they are doing what God wants." 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 Afterward Jesus and his disciples left Jerusalem, but they stayed in Judea for a while and baptized there. 22 After this, Jesus and his disciples went out into the Judean countryside, where he spent some time with them, and baptized.
23 At this time John the Baptist was baptizing at Aenon, near Salim, because there was plenty of water there and people kept coming to him for 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 This was before John was put into prison. 24 (This was before John was put in prison.)
25 At that time a certain Jew began an argument with John's disciples over ceremonial cleansing. 25 An argument developed between some of John's disciples and a certain Jew over the matter of ceremonial washing.
26 John's disciples came to him and said, "Teacher, the man you met on the other side of the Jordan River, the one you said was the Messiah, is also baptizing people. And everybody is going over there instead of coming here to us." 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 John replied, "God in heaven appoints each person's work. 27 To this John replied, "A man can receive only what is given him from heaven.
28 You yourselves know how plainly I told you that I am not the Messiah. I am here to prepare the way for him -- that is all. 28 You yourselves can testify that I said, 'I am not the Christ but am sent ahead of him.'
29 The bride will go where the bridegroom is. A bridegroom's friend rejoices with him. I am the bridegroom's friend, and I am filled with joy at his success. 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 must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less." 30 He must become greater; I must become less.
31 "He has come from above and is greater than anyone else. I am of the earth, and my understanding is limited to the things of earth, but he has come from heaven. 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 tells what he has seen and heard, but how few believe what he tells them! 32 He testifies to what he has seen and heard, but no one accepts his testimony.
33 Those who believe him discover that God is true. 33 The man who has accepted it has certified that God is truthful.
34 For he is sent by God. He speaks God's words, for God's Spirit is upon him without measure or limit. 34 For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God gives the Spirit without limit.
35 The Father loves his Son, and he has given him authority over everything. 35 The Father loves the Son and has placed everything in his hands.
36 And all who believe in God's Son have eternal life. Those who don't obey the Son will never experience eternal life, but the wrath of God remains upon them." 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."