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The New King James Version

John 2:1–4:54

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Christ Changes Water to Wine

2 On the third day there was a awedding in bCana of Galilee, and the cmother of Jesus was there. Now both Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding. And when they ran out of wine, the mother of Jesus said to Him, “They have no wine.”

Jesus said to her, d“Woman, ewhat does your concern have to do with Me? fMy hour has not yet come.”

His mother said to the servants, “Whatever He says to you, do it.”

Now there were set there six waterpots of stone, gaccording to the manner of purification of the Jews, containing twenty or thirty gallons apiece. Jesus said to them, “Fill the waterpots with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. And He said to them, “Draw some out now, and take it to the master of the feast.” And they took it. When the master of the feast had tasted hthe water that was made wine, and did not know where it came from (but the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom. 10 And he said to him, “Every man at the beginning sets out the good wine, and when the guests have well drunk, then the inferior. You have kept the good wine until now!”

The Disciples Believe

11 This ibeginning of signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, jand 1manifested His glory; and His disciples believed in Him.

12 After this He went down to kCapernaum, He, His mother, lHis brothers, and His disciples; and they did not stay there many days.

Christ Cleanses the Temple

13 mNow the Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 nAnd He found in the temple those who sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the money changers 2doing business. 15 When He had made a whip of cords, He drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen, and poured out the changers’ money and overturned the tables. 16 And He said to those who sold doves, “Take these things away! Do not make oMy Father’s house a house of merchandise!” 17 Then His disciples remembered that it was written, p“Zeal for Your house 3has eaten Me up.”

18 So the Jews answered and said to Him, q“What sign do You show to us, since You do these things?”

19 Jesus answered and said to them, r“Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”

20 Then the Jews said, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will You raise it up in three days?”

21 But He was speaking sof the temple of His body. 22 Therefore, when He had risen from the dead, tHis disciples remembered that He had said this 4to them; and they believed the Scripture and the word which Jesus had said.

23 Now when He was in Jerusalem at the Passover, during the feast, many believed in His name when they saw the usigns which He did. 24 But Jesus did not commit Himself to them, because He vknew all men, 25 and had no need that anyone should testify of man, for wHe knew what was in man.

Christ Witnesses to Nicodemus

3 There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. aThis man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for bno one can do these signs that You do unless cGod is with him.”

Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, dunless one is born 1again, he cannot see 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, “Most assuredly, I say to you, eunless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is fflesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ gThe wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

Nicodemus answered and said to Him, h“How can these things be?”

10 Jesus answered and said to him, “Are you the teacher of Israel, and do not know these things? 11 iMost assuredly, I say to you, We speak what We know and testify what We have seen, and jyou do not receive Our witness. 12 If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things? 13 kNo one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man 2who is in heaven. 14 lAnd as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so mmust the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever nbelieves in Him should 3not perish but ohave eternal life. 16 pFor God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten qSon, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 rFor God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

18 s“He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 And this is the condemnation, tthat the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For ueveryone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. 21 But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been vdone in God.”

John the Baptist Witnesses Concerning Christ

22 After these things Jesus and His disciples came into the land of Judea, and there He remained with them wand baptized. 23 Now John also was baptizing in Aenon near xSalim, because there was much water there. yAnd they came and were baptized. 24 For zJohn had not yet been thrown into prison.

25 Then there arose a dispute between some of John’s disciples and the Jews about purification. 26 And they came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, He who was with you beyond the Jordan, ato whom you have testified—behold, He is baptizing, and all bare coming to Him!”

27 John answered and said, c“A man can receive nothing unless it has been given to him from heaven. 28 You yourselves bear me witness, that I said, d‘I am not the Christ,’ but, e‘I have been sent before Him.’ 29 fHe who has the bride is the bridegroom; but gthe friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice. Therefore this joy of mine is fulfilled. 30 hHe must increase, but I must decrease. 31 iHe who comes from above jis above all; khe who is of the earth is earthly and speaks of the earth. lHe who comes from heaven is above all. 32 And mwhat He has seen and heard, that He testifies; and no one receives His testimony. 33 He who has received His testimony nhas certified that God is true. 34 oFor He whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God does not give the Spirit pby measure. 35 qThe Father loves the Son, and has given all things into His hand. 36 rHe who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the swrath of God abides on him.”

Christ Witnesses to the Woman at the Well

4 Therefore, when the Lord knew that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and abaptized more disciples than John (though Jesus Himself did not baptize, but His disciples), He left Judea and departed again to Galilee. But He needed to go through Samaria.

So He came to a city of Samaria which is called Sychar, near the plot of ground that bJacob cgave to his son Joseph. Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied from His journey, sat thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour.

A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.” For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.

Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” For dJews have no dealings with eSamaritans.

10 Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the fgift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you gliving water.”

11 The woman said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Where then do You get that living water? 12 Are You greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, as well as his sons and his livestock?”

13 Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, 14 but hwhoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him iwill become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”

15 jThe woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw.”

16 Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.”

17 The woman answered and said, “I have no husband.”

Jesus said to her, “You have well said, ‘I have no husband,’ 18 for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; in that you spoke truly.”

19 The woman said to Him, “Sir, kI perceive that You are a prophet. 20 Our fathers worshiped on lthis mountain, and you Jews say that in mJerusalem is the place where one ought to worship.”

21 Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming nwhen you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. 22 You worship owhat you do not know; we know what we worship, for psalvation is of the Jews. 23 But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will qworship the Father in rspirit sand truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. 24 tGod is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

25 The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah uis coming” (who is called Christ). “When He comes, vHe will tell us all things.”

26 Jesus said to her, w“I who speak to you am He.”

Christ Witnesses to the Disciples

27 And at this point His disciples came, and they marveled that He talked with a woman; yet no one said, “What do You seek?” or, “Why are You talking with her?”

28 The woman then left her

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