Now there was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus1 who was a member of the Jewish ruling council.2
He came to Jesus at night and said, "Rabbi,3 we know4 that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs5 you are doing if God were not with him."6
Jesus replied, "Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born again. "78
"How can anyone be born when they are old?" Nicodemus asked. "Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother's womb to be born!"
Jesus answered, "Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit.910
Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.11
You should not be surprised at my saying, 'You must be born again.'
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."12
"How can this be?"13 Nicodemus asked.
"You are Israel's teacher,"14 said Jesus, "and do you not understand these things?
Very truly I tell you, we speak of what we know,15 and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony.16
I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things?
No one has ever gone into heaven17 except the one who came from heaven18--the Son of Man.19
Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness,20 so the Son of Man must be lifted up,21
that everyone who believes22 may have eternal life in him."23
For God so loved24 the world that he gave25 his one and only Son,26 that whoever believes27 in him shall not perish but have eternal life.28
For God did not send his Son into the world29 to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.30
Whoever believes in him is not condemned,31 but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God's one and only Son.32
This is the verdict: Light33 has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.34
All those who do evil hate the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed.35
But those who live by the truth come into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.