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The Holman Christian Standard Bible

John 3:3–21

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Jesus replied, * I assure you: Unless someone is born again, e f he cannot see the kingdom of God.” g

“But how can anyone be born when he is old?” Nicodemus asked Him. “Can he enter his mother’s womb a second time and be born?”

Jesus answered, “I assure you: Unless someone is born h of water and the Spirit, i j he cannot enter the kingdom of God. Whatever is born of the flesh k is flesh, and whatever is born of the Spirit l is spirit. Do not be amazed that I told you that you m must be born n again. The wind o blows where it pleases, and you hear its sound, but you don’t know where it comes from or where it is going. p So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” q

“How can these things be?” asked Nicodemus.

10 “Are you a teacher r of Israel and don’t know these things?” Jesus replied. 11 “I assure you: s We speak what We know and We testify to what We have seen, but you t do not accept Our testimony. u 12 If I have told you about things that happen on earth and you don’t believe, how will you believe if I tell you about things of heaven? 13 No one has ascended v into heaven w except the One who descended from heaven x—the * Son of Man. y z 14 Just as Moses a lifted up the snake in the wilderness, b so the Son of Man must be lifted up, 15 so that everyone who believes in Him will c have eternal life. d

16 “For God loved e the world * in this way: f He gave His * One and Only g Son, h so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. i 17 For God did not send His Son into the world that He might condemn j the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. 18 Anyone who believes in Him is not condemned, but anyone who does not believe is already condemned, k because he has not believed in the name l of the One and Only Son m of God.

19 “This, then, is the judgment: The light n has come into the world, o and people loved darkness rather than the light because their deeds were evil. 20 For everyone who practices wicked things hates p the light and avoids it, q so that his deeds r may not be exposed. 21 But anyone who lives by s the truth comes to the light, so that his works t may be shown to be accomplished by God.” u

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3:3 The same Gk word can mean again or from above (also in v. 7).

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3:5 Or spirit, or wind; the Gk word pneuma can mean wind, spirit, or Spirit, each of which occurs in this context.

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3:7 The pronoun is * in Gk.

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3:8 The Gk word pneuma can mean wind, spirit, or Spirit, each of which occurs in this context.

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3:10 Or the teacher

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3:11 In Gk, the word you is * here and throughout v. 12.

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3:11 The pronouns we and our refer to Jesus and His authority to speak for the Father.

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3:13 Other * add who is in heaven

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3:15 Other * add not perish, but

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3:16 The Gk word houtos, commonly translated in Jn 3:16 as “so” or “so much” occurs over 200 times in the NT. Almost without exception it is an adverb of manner, not degree (for example, see Mt 1:18). It only means “so much” when modifying an adjective (see Gl 3:3; Rv 16:18). Manner seems primarily in view in Jn 3:16, which explains the HCSB‘s rendering.

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3:20 * and does not come to the light

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3:21 * who does

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3:21 It is possible that Jesus’ words end at v. 15. Ancient Gk did not have quotation marks.