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John 3

ESV 1 Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. MSG 1 There was a man of the Pharisee sect, Nicodemus, a prominent leader among the Jews. ESV 2 This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, "Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him." MSG 2 Late one night he visited Jesus and said, "Rabbi, we all know you're a teacher straight from God. No one could do all the God-pointing, God-revealing acts you do if God weren't in on it." ESV 3 Jesus answered him, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God." MSG 3 Jesus said, "You're absolutely right. Take it from me: Unless a person is born from above, it's not possible to see what I'm pointing to - to God's kingdom." ESV 4 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?" MSG 4 "How can anyone," said Nicodemus, "be born who has already been born and grown up? You can't re-enter your mother's womb and be born again. What are you saying with this 'born-from-above' talk?" ESV 5 Jesus answered, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. MSG 5 Jesus said, "You're not listening. Let me say it again. Unless a person submits to this original creation - the 'wind hovering over the water' creation, the invisible moving the visible, a baptism into a new life - it's not possible to enter God's kingdom. ESV 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. MSG 6 When you look at a baby, it's just that: a body you can look at and touch. But the person who takes shape within is formed by something you can't see and touch - the Spirit - and becomes a living spirit. ESV 7 Do not marvel that I said to you, 'You must be born again.' MSG 7 "So don't be so surprised when I tell you that you have to be 'born from above' - out of this world, so to speak. ESV 8 The wind blows where 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." MSG 8 You know well enough how the wind blows this way and that. You hear it rustling through the trees, but you have no idea where it comes from or where it's headed next. That's the way it is with everyone 'born from above' by the wind of God, the Spirit of God." ESV 9 Nicodemus said to him, "How can these things be?" MSG 9 Nicodemus asked, "What do you mean by this? How does this happen?" ESV 10 Jesus answered him, "Are you the teacher of Israel and yet you do not understand these things? MSG 10 Jesus said, "You're a respected teacher of Israel and you don't know these basics? ESV 11 Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak of what we know, and bear witness to what we have seen, but you do not receive our testimony. MSG 11 Listen carefully. I'm speaking sober truth to you. I speak only of what I know by experience; I give witness only to what I have seen with my own eyes. There is nothing secondhand here, no hearsay. Yet instead of facing the evidence and accepting it, you procrastinate with questions. ESV 12 If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you heavenly things? MSG 12 If I tell you things that are plain as the hand before your face and you don't believe me, what use is there in telling you of things you can't see, the things of God? ESV 13 No one has ascended into heaven except he who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. MSG 13 "No one has ever gone up into the presence of God except the One who came down from that Presence, the Son of Man. ESV 14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, MSG 14 In the same way that Moses lifted the serpent in the desert so people could have something to see and then believe, it is necessary for the Son of Man to be lifted up - ESV 15 that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. MSG 15 and everyone who looks up to him, trusting and expectant, will gain a real life, eternal life. ESV 16 "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. MSG 16 "This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. ESV 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. MSG 17 God didn't go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. ESV 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. MSG 18 Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person's failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him. ESV 19 And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. MSG 19 "This is the crisis we're in: God-light streamed into the world, but men and women everywhere ran for the darkness. They went for the darkness because they were not really interested in pleasing God. ESV 20 For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. MSG 20 Everyone who makes a practice of doing evil, addicted to denial and illusion, hates God-light and won't come near it, fearing a painful exposure. ESV 21 But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God." MSG 21 But anyone working and living in truth and reality welcomes God-light so the work can be seen for the God-work it is." ESV 22 After this Jesus and his disciples went into the Judean countryside, and he remained there with them and was baptizing. MSG 22 After this conversation, Jesus went on with his disciples into the Judean countryside and relaxed with them there. He was also baptizing. ESV 23 John also was baptizing at Aenon near Salim, because water was plentiful there, and people were coming and being baptized MSG 23 At the same time, John was baptizing over at Aenon near Salim, where water was abundant. ESV 24 (for John had not yet been put in prison). MSG 24 This was before John was thrown into jail. ESV 25 Now a discussion arose between some of John's disciples and a Jew over purification. MSG 25 John's disciples got into an argument with the establishment Jews over the nature of baptism. ESV 26 And they came to John and said to him, "Rabbi, he who was with you across the Jordan, to whom you bore witness--look, he is baptizing, and all are going to him." MSG 26 They came to John and said, "Rabbi, you know the one who was with you on the other side of the Jordan? The one you authorized with your witness? Well, he's now competing with us. He's baptizing, too, and everyone's going to him instead of us." ESV 27 John answered, "A person cannot receive even one thing unless it is given him from heaven. MSG 27 John answered, "It's not possible for a person to succeed - I'm talking about eternal success - without heaven's help. ESV 28 You yourselves bear me witness, that I said, 'I am not the Christ, but I have been sent before him.' MSG 28 You yourselves were there when I made it public that I was not the Messiah but simply the one sent ahead of him to get things ready. ESV 29 The one who has the bride is the bridegroom. The friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom's voice. Therefore this joy of mine is now complete. MSG 29 The one who gets the bride is, by definition, the bridegroom. And the bridegroom's friend, his 'best man' - that's me - in place at his side where he can hear every word, is genuinely happy. How could he be jealous when he knows that the wedding is finished and the marriage is off to a good start? ESV 30 He must increase, but I must decrease." MSG 30 This is the assigned moment for him to move into the center, while I slip off to the sidelines. ESV 31 He who comes from above is above all. He who is of the earth belongs to the earth and speaks in an earthly way. He who comes from heaven is above all. MSG 31 "The One who comes from above is head and shoulders over other messengers from God. The earthborn is earthbound and speaks earth language; the heavenborn is in a league of his own. ESV 32 He bears witness to what he has seen and heard, yet no one receives his testimony. MSG 32 He sets out the evidence of what he saw and heard in heaven. No one wants to deal with these facts. ESV 33 Whoever receives his testimony sets his seal to this, that God is true. MSG 33 But anyone who examines this evidence will come to stake his life on this: that God himself is the truth. ESV 34 For he whom God has sent utters the words of God, for he gives the Spirit without measure. MSG 34 "The One that God sent speaks God's words. And don't think he rations out the Spirit in bits and pieces. ESV 35 The Father loves the Son and has given all things into his hand. MSG 35 The Father loves the Son extravagantly. He turned everything over to him so he could give it away - a lavish distribution of gifts. ESV 36 Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him. MSG 36 That is why whoever accepts and trusts the Son gets in on everything, life complete and forever! And that is also why the person who avoids and distrusts the Son is in the dark and doesn't see life. All he experiences of God is darkness, and an angry darkness at that."

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