John 3 ©

1 Christ instructs Nicodemus of the necessity and manner of regeneration. 9 Reproving his ignorance herein. 14 Teaches by the type of the brazen serpent, that He must be lifted up to save all those who believe in Him. 18 And that they, who believe not in Him, are condemned. 22 Christ and John baptize at one time. 25 John’s disciples take it ill that Christ was more followed. 27 From which John takes occasion to instruct them in the difference between him and Christ, Whose dignity he sets forth. 36 And what they have to expect from Christ who believe in Him, and they who do not believe.


THERE was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus,a1a ruler of the Jews:


Theb same came to Jesus 2by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for noc man can do these miracles that thou doest, exceptd God be with him.


Jesus 3answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be 4born 5again, he 6cannot see the kingdom of God.


Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?


Jesus answered, 7Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Excepte a man be born of 8water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.


Thatf which is born 9of the flesh is 10flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is 11spirit.


Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be 12born again.


13The wind 14bloweth where it listeth,g and thou hearest the 15sound thereof, but canst not tell 16whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: 17so is every one that is born of the Spirit.


Nicodemus answered and said unto him, Howh can these things be?


Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not 18these things?


Verily,i verily, I say unto thee, 19We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and 20ye receive not ourj witness.


If I have told you 21earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I 22tell you of heavenly things?


And nok man hath 23ascended up to heaven, but he that 24came down from heaven, even the Son of man 25which is in heaven.


¶Andl as Moses 26lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, evenm so must the Son of man be 27lifted up:


That whosoever believeth in him should not 28perish, butn have eternal life.


¶Foro God so loved 29the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, thatp whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.


Forq God sent not his Son into the world to 30condemn the world; but that 31the world through him might be saved.


¶Her that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned 32already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.


And thiss is 33the condemnation, that 34light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.


For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be 35reproved.


Butt he 36that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought 37in God.


¶After these things came Jesus and his disciples 38into the land of Judaea; and there he tarried with them, andu39baptized.


¶Andv John also was baptizing in Aenon near to 40Salim, because there was much 41water there: and they came, and were baptized.


Forw John was not yet cast into prison.


¶Then there arose a 42question between some of John's disciples and the Jews 43about purifying.


Andx44they came unto John, and said unto him, Rabbi, he that was with thee 45beyond Jordan, to whom thou barest witness, behold, the same baptizeth, and all men 46come to him.


John answered and said, A man 47can receive nothing, except it be given him 48from heaven.


Ye yourselves bear me witness, that I said, Iy am not the Christ, butz that I am sent before him.


He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but 49the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom’s 50voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled.


He must increase, but I must decrease.


Heaa that cometh 51from above is above all: he that is 52of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth: he that cometh from heaven is above all.


Andab53what he hath seen and heard, that he testifieth; and 54no man receiveth his testimony.


He that hath received his testimony hath 55set to his sealac thatad God is true.


For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth notae the Spirit 56by measure unto him.


The Father loveth the Son, andaf hath given all things 57into his hand.


Heag that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that 58believeth not the Son shall 59not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.