Parallel Bible results for John 3:1-11

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John 3:1-11

MSG 1 There was a man of the Pharisee sect, Nicodemus, a prominent leader among the Jews. NIV 1 Now there was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus who was a member of the Jewish ruling council. 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." NIV 2 He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him.” 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." NIV 3 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.” 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?" NIV 4 “How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!” 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. NIV 5 Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the 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. NIV 6 Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. 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. NIV 7 You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’ 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." NIV 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.” MSG 9 Nicodemus asked, "What do you mean by this? How does this happen?" NIV 9 “How can this be?” Nicodemus asked. MSG 10 Jesus said, "You're a respected teacher of Israel and you don't know these basics? NIV 10 “You are Israel’s teacher,” said Jesus, “and do you not understand these things? 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. NIV 11 Very truly I tell you, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony.

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