John 3 NIRV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 There was a Pharisee named Nicodemus. He was one of the Jewish rulers. 1 Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a member of the Jewish ruling council.
2 He came to Jesus at night and said, "Rabbi, we know you are a teacher who has come from God. We know that God is with you. If he weren't, you couldn't do the miraculous signs you are doing." 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, "What I'm about to tell you is true. No one can see God's kingdom without being born again." 3 In reply Jesus declared, "I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again."
4 "How can I be born when I am old?" Nicodemus asked. "I can't go back inside my mother! I can't be born a second time!" 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 answered, "What I'm about to tell you is true. No one can enter God's kingdom without being born through water and the Holy 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 People give birth to people. But the Spirit gives birth to spirit. 6 Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.
7 You should not be surprised when I say, 'You must all be born again.' 7 You should not be surprised at my saying, 'You must be born again.'
8 "The wind blows where it wants to. You hear the sound it makes. But you can't tell where it comes from or where it is going. It is the same with everyone who is born through 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 "How can this be?" Nicodemus asked. 9 "How can this be?" Nicodemus asked.
10 "You are Israel's teacher," said Jesus. "Don't you understand these things? 10 "You are Israel's teacher," said Jesus, "and do you not understand these things?
11 "What I'm about to tell you is true. We speak about what we know. We give witness to what we have seen. But still you people do not accept our witness. 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 I have spoken to you about earthly things, and you do not believe. So how will you believe if I speak about heavenly things? 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 "No one has ever gone into heaven except the One who came from heaven. He is the Son of Man. 13 No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven--the Son of Man.
14 Moses lifted up the snake in the desert. The Son of Man must be lifted up also. 14 Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up,
15 Then everyone who believes in him can live with God forever. 15 that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.
16 "God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son. Anyone who believes in him will not die but will 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 judge the world. He sent his Son to save the world 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 Anyone who believes in him is not judged. But anyone who does not believe is judged already. He has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son. 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 "Here is the judgment. Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light. They loved darkness because what they did was 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 "Everyone who does evil things hates the light. They will not come into the light. They are afraid that what they do 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 anyone who lives by the truth comes into the light. He does this so that it will be easy to see that what he has done is with God's help." 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 this, Jesus and his disciples went out into the countryside of Judea. There he spent some time with them. And he baptized people there. 22 After this, Jesus and his disciples went out into the Judean countryside, where he spent some time with them, and baptized.
23 John was also baptizing. He was at Aenon near Salim, where there was plenty of water. People were coming all the time to be baptized. 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 That was before John was put in prison. 24 (This was before John was put in prison.)
25 Some of John's disciples and a certain Jew began to argue. They argued about special washings to make people "clean." 25 An argument developed between some of John's disciples and a certain Jew over the matter of ceremonial washing.
26 They came to John and said to him, "Rabbi, that man who was with you on the other side of the Jordan River is baptizing people. He is the one you gave witness about. 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 John replied, "A person can receive only what God gives him from heaven. 27 To this John replied, "A man can receive only what is given him from heaven.
28 You yourselves are witnesses that I said, 'I am not the Christ. I was sent ahead of him.' 28 You yourselves can testify that I said, 'I am not the Christ but am sent ahead of him.'
29 The bride belongs to the groom. The friend who helps the groom waits and listens for him. He is full of joy when he hears the groom's voice. That joy is mine, and it is now 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 must become more important. I must become less important. 30 He must become greater; I must become less.
31 "The One who comes from above is above everything. The one who is from the earth belongs to the earth and speaks like someone from the earth. The One who comes from heaven is above everything. 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 to what he has seen and heard. But no one accepts what he says. 32 He testifies to what he has seen and heard, but no one accepts his testimony.
33 Anyone who has accepted it has said, 'Yes. God is truthful.' 33 The man who has accepted it has certified that God is truthful.
34 The One whom God has sent speaks God's words. God gives the Holy Spirit without 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 the Son and has put everything into his hands. 35 The Father loves the Son and has placed everything in his hands.
36 Anyone who believes in the Son has eternal life. Anyone who says no to the Son will not have life. God's anger remains 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."