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John 3 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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You Must Be Born Again

Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 3:1 - Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 3:2 - This man came to Jesus[fn] 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.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 3:3 - Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again[fn] he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 3:4 - 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?”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 3:5 - Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 3:6 - That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 3:7 - Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You[fn] must be born again.’
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 3:8 - The wind[fn] 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.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 3:9 - Nicodemus said to him, “How can these things be?”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 3:10 - Jesus answered him, “Are you the teacher of Israel and yet you do not understand these things?
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 3:11 - Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak of what we know, and bear witness to what we have seen, but you[fn] do not receive our testimony.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 3:12 - If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you heavenly things?
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 3:13 - No one has ascended into heaven except he who descended from heaven, the Son of Man.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 3:14 - And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up,
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 3:15 - that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.[fn]

For God So Loved the World

Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 3:16 - “For God so loved the world,[fn] that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 3:17 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 3:18 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 3:19 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 3:20 - For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 3:21 - 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.”

John the Baptist Exalts Christ

Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 3:22 - After this Jesus and his disciples went into the Judean countryside, and he remained there with them and was baptizing.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 3:23 - John also was baptizing at Aenon near Salim, because water was plentiful there, and people were coming and being baptized
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 3:24 - (for John had not yet been put in prison).
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 3:25 - Now a discussion arose between some of John’s disciples and a Jew over purification.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 3:26 - 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.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 3:27 - John answered, “A person cannot receive even one thing unless it is given him from heaven.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 3:28 - You yourselves bear me witness, that I said, ‘I am not the Christ, but I have been sent before him.’
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 3:29 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 3:30 - He must increase, but I must decrease.”[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 3:31 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 3:32 - He bears witness to what he has seen and heard, yet no one receives his testimony.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 3:33 - Whoever receives his testimony sets his seal to this, that God is true.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 3:34 - For he whom God has sent utters the words of God, for he gives the Spirit without measure.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 3:35 - The Father loves the Son and has given all things into his hand.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 3:36 - 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.
ESV Footnotes
Greek him
Or from above; the Greek is purposely ambiguous and can mean both again and from above; also verse 7
The same Greek word means both wind and spirit
The Greek for you is plural here
The same Greek word means both wind and spirit
The Greek for you is plural here; also four times in verse 12
Some manuscripts add who is in heaven
Some interpreters hold that the quotation ends at verse 15
Or For this is how God loved the world
Some interpreters hold that the quotation continues through verse 36

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