Now there was a man of the Pharisees named 1Nicodemus, 2a ruler of the Jews.
This man came to Jesus3 by night and said to him, 4"Rabbi, 5we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do 6unless God is with him."
Jesus answered him, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is 7born 8again he cannot 9see the kingdom of God."
Nicodemus said to him, "How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born?"
Jesus answered, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born 10of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.
11That which is born of the flesh is 12flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
13Do not marvel that I said to you, 'You must be born 14again.'
15The wind blows 16where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit."
Nicodemus said to him, 17"How can these things be?"
Jesus answered him, "Are you the teacher of Israel 18and yet you do not understand these things?
Truly, truly, I say to you, 19we speak of what we know, and bear witness to what we have seen, but 20you do not receive our testimony.
If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you heavenly things?
21No one has 22ascended into heaven except 23he who descended from heaven, the Son of Man.
And 24as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man 25be lifted up,
that whoever believes 26in him 27may have eternal life.