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The New King James Version

John 3:1–36

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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.”

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