NASB — John 3 — KJV

The New Birth

1 Now there was a man of the Pharisees, named aNicodemus, a bruler of the Jews; 2 this man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “aRabbi, we know that You have come from God [as] a teacher; for no one can do these Ibsigns that You do unless cGod is with him.” 3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one ais born Iagain he cannot see bthe kingdom of God.”

[1] aJn 7:50; 19:39 bLk 23:13; Jn 7:26, 48
[2] IOr attesting miracles aMt 23:7; Jn 3:26 bJn 2:11 cJn 9:33; 10:38; 14:10f; Ac 2:22; 10:38
[3] IOr from above a2Co 5:17; 1P 1:23 bMt 19:24; 21:31; Mk 9:47; 10:14f; Jn 3:5

4 ¶ Nicodemus *said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born, can he?” 5 Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of awater and the Spirit he cannot enter into bthe kingdom of God. 6 aThat which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must be born Iagain.’ 8 aThe wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

[5] aEzk 36:25-27; Ep 5:26; Tit 3:5 bMt 19:24; 21:31; Mk 9:47; 10:14f; Jn 3:3
[6] aJn 1:13; 1Co 15:50
[7] IOr from above
[8] aPs 135:7; Ec 11:5; Ezk 37:9

9 ¶ Nicodemus said to Him, “How can these things be?” 10 Jesus answered and said to him, “Are you athe teacher of Israel and do not understand these things? 11 Truly, truly, I say to you, awe speak of what we know and btestify of what we have seen, and byou do not accept our testimony. 12 If I told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things? 13 aNo one has ascended into heaven, but bHe who descended from heaven: cthe Son of Man. 14 As aMoses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must bthe Son of Man cbe lifted up; 15 so that whoever Ibelieves will ain Him have eternal life.

[10] aLk 2:46; 5:17; Ac 5:34
[11] aJn 1:18; 7:16f; 8:26, 28; 12:49; 14:24 bJn 3:32
[13] aDt 30:12; Pv 30:4; Ac 2:34; Ro 10:6; Ep 4:9 bJn 3:31; 6:38, 42 cMt 8:20
[14] aNu 21:9 bMt 8:20 cJn 8:28; 12:34
[15] IOr believes in Him will have eternal life aJn 20:31; 1 Jn 5:11-13

16“For God so aloved the world, that He bgave His Iconly begotten Son, that whoever dbelieves in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. 17 For God adid not send the Son into the world bto judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. 18 aHe who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of bthe Ionly begotten Son of God. 19 This is the judgment, that athe Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for btheir deeds were evil. 20 aFor everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. 21 But he who apractices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God.”

[16] IOr unique, only one of His kind aRo 5:8; Ep 2:4; 2Th 2:16; 1 Jn 4:10; Rv 1:5 bRo 8:32; 1 Jn 4:9 cJn 1:18; 3:18; 1 Jn 4:9 dJn 3:36; 6:40; 11:25f
[17] aJn 3:34; 5:36, 38; 6:29, 38, 57; 7:29; 8:42; 10:36; 11:42; 17:3, 8, 18, 21, 23, 25; 20:21 bLk 19:10; Jn 8:15; 12:47; 1 Jn 4:14
[18] IOr unique, only one of His kind aMk 16:16; Jn 5:24 bJn 1:18; 1 Jn 4:9
[19] aJn 1:4; 8:12; 9:5; 12:46 bJn 7:7
[20] aJn 3:20, 21; Ep 5:11, 13
[21] a1 Jn 1:6

John’s Last Testimony

22 ¶ After these things Jesus and His adisciples came into the land of Judea, and there He was spending time with them and bbaptizing. 23 John also was baptizing in Aenon near Salim, because there was much water there; and [people] were coming and were being baptized24 for aJohn had not yet been thrown into prison.

[22] aJn 2:2 bJn 4:1, 2
[24] aMt 4:12; 14:3; Mk 6:17; Lk 3:20

25 ¶ Therefore there arose a discussion on the part of John’s disciples with a Jew about apurification. 26 And they came to John and said to him, “aRabbi, He who was with you bbeyond the Jordan, to whom you chave testified, behold, He is baptizing and all are coming to Him.” 27 John answered and said, “aA man can receive nothing unless it bhas been given him from heaven. 28 You yourselves Iare my witnesses that I said, ‘aI am not the IIChrist,’ but, ‘I have been sent ahead of Him.’ 29 He who has the bride is athe bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice. So this bjoy of mine has been made full. 30 He must increase, but I must decrease.

[25] aJn 2:6
[26] aMt 23:7; Jn 3:2 bJn 1:28 cJn 1:7
[27] a1Co 4:7; He 5:4 bJm 1:17
[28] ILit testify for me III.e. Messiah aJn 1:20, 23
[29] aMt 9:15; 25:1 bJn 15:11; 16:24; 17:13; Php 2:2; 1 Jn 1:4; 2 Jn 12

31 ¶ “aHe who comes from above is above all, bhe who is of the earth is from the earth and speaks of the earth. aHe who comes from heaven is above all. 32 What He has seen and heard, of that He atestifies; and ano one receives His testimony. 33 He who has received His testimony ahas set his seal to [this], that God is true. 34 For He whom God has asent speaks the words of God; Ibfor He gives the Spirit without measure. 35 aThe Father loves the Son and bhas given all things into His hand. 36 He who abelieves in the Son has eternal life; but he who bdoes not Iobey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”

[31] aMt 28:18; Jn 3:13; 8:23 b1Co 15:47; 1 Jn 4:5
[32] aJn 3:11
[33] aJn 6:27; Ro 4:11; 15:28; 1Co 9:2; 2Co 1:22; Ep 1:13; 4:30; 2Ti 2:19; Rv 7:3-8
[34] ILit because He does not give the Spirit by measure aJn 3:17 bMt 12:18; Lk 4:18; Ac 1:2; 10:38
[35] aMt 28:18; Jn 5:20; 17:2 bMt 11:27; Lk 10:22
[36] IOr believe aJn 3:16 bAc 14:2; He 3:18


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Christ teacheth Nicodemus the necessity of regeneration.

1 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: 2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. 3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. 4 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? 5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and [of] the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. 8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit. 9 Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be? 10 Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things? 11 Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness. 12 If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you [of] heavenly things? 13 And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, [even] the Son of man which is in heaven.

[1] Jn 3:10; 7:47.
[2] Jg 6:27; Is 51:7; Mt 22:16; Mk 12:14; Jn 1:38; 3:26; 5:36; 7:31, 50; 9:16, 30; 11:47; 12:37, 42; 15:24; 19:38; 20:16; Ac 2:22; 4:16; 10:38; Php 1:14.
[3] Dt 29:4; Jr 5:21; Mt 5:18; 13:11; 16:17; Jn 1:5, 13, 51; 3:5; 12:40; 2Co 1:19; 4:4; Ga 6:15; Ep 2:1; Tit 3:5; Jm 1:17, 18; 3:17; 1P 1:3, 23; 1Jn 2:29; 3:9; 5:1, 18; Rv 3:14.
[4] Jn 3:3; 4:11; 6:53, 60; 1Co 1:18; 2:14.
[5] Is 44:3; Ezk 36:25; Mt 3:11; 5:20; 18:3; 28:19; Mk 16:16; Lk 13:3, 5, 24; Jn 1:13; 3:3; Ac 2:38; 3:19; Ro 8:2; 14:17; 1Co 2:12; 6:11; 2Co 5:17; Ga 6:15; Ep 2:4; 5:26; 2Th 2:13; Tit 3:4; 1P 1:2; 3:21; 1Jn 2:29; 5:1, 6.
[6] Gn 5:3; 6:5, 12; Jb 14:4; 15:14; 25:4; Ps 51:10; Ezk 11:19; 36:26; Ro 7:5, 18, 25; 8:1, 4, 5, 9, 13; 1Co 6:17; 15:47; 2Co 5:17; Ga 5:16, 17, 24; Ep 2:3; Col 2:11; 1Jn 3:9.
[7] Jb 15:14; Mt 13:33; Jn 3:3, 12; 5:28; 6:61; Ro 3:9; 9:22; 12:1; Ep 4:22; Col 1:12; He 12:14; 1P 1:14, 22; Rv 21:27.
[8] Jb 37:10, 16, 21; Ps 107:25, 29; Ec 11:4; Is 55:9; Ezk 37:9; Mk 4:26; Lk 6:43; Jn 1:13; Ac 2:2; 4:31; 1Co 2:11; 12:11; 1Jn 2:29; 3:8.
[9] Pv 4:18; Is 42:16; Mk 8:24; Lk 1:34; Jn 3:4; 6:52, 60.
[10] Dt 10:16; 30:6; 1Ch 29:19; Ps 51:6, 10; 73:1; Is 9:16; 11:6; 29:10; 56:10; 66:7; Jr 8:8; 31:33; 32:39; Ezk 11:19; 18:31; 36:25; 37:23; Mt 11:25; 15:14; 22:29; Ro 2:28; Php 3:3; Col 2:11.
[11] Is 50:2; 53:1; 55:4; 65:2; Mt 11:27; 23:37; Lk 10:22; Jn 1:11, 18; 3:3, 5, 13, 32; 5:31, 43; 7:16; 8:14, 28, 38; 12:37, 49; 14:24; Ac 22:18; 28:23; 2Co 4:4; 1Jn 1:1; 5:6; Rv 1:5; 3:14.
[12] Jn 1:1; 3:3, 5, 8, 13, 31; 1Co 2:7; 3:1; 1Ti 3:16; He 5:11; 1P 2:1; 1Jn 4:10.
[13] Dt 30:12; Pv 30:4; Mt 28:20; Mk 16:19; Jn 1:18; 6:33, 38, 46, 51, 62; 8:42; 13:3; 16:28; 17:5; Ac 2:34; 20:28; Ro 10:6; 1Co 15:47; Ep 1:23; 4:9, 10.

Of faith in his death.

14 ¶ And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: 15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.

[14] Nu 21:7; 2K 18:4; Ps 22:16; Mt 26:54; Lk 18:31; 24:20, 26, 44; Jn 8:28; 12:32; Ac 2:23; 4:27.
[15] Is 45:22; Mt 18:11; Mk 16:16; Lk 19:10; Jn 1:12; 3:16, 36; 5:24; 6:40, 47; 10:28; 11:25; 12:44; 17:2; 20:31; Ac 8:37; 13:41; 16:30; Ro 5:1, 21; 6:22; 10:9; 1Co 1:18; 2Co 4:3; Ga 2:16, 20; He 7:25; 10:39; 1Jn 2:25; 5:1, 11, 13, 20.

The great love of God towards the world.

16 ¶ For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

[16] Gn 22:12; Mt 9:13; Mk 12:6; Lk 2:14; Jn 1:14, 18; 3:15; Ro 5:8, 10; 8:32; 2Co 5:19; 1Ti 1:15; Tit 3:4; 1Jn 4:9, 19.
[17] Is 45:21; 49:6; 53:10; Zc 9:9; Mt 1:23; 18:11; Lk 2:10; 9:56; 19:10; Jn 1:29; 5:45; 6:40; 8:15; 12:47; 1Ti 2:5; 1Jn 2:2; 4:14.

Condemnation for unbelief.

18 ¶ He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. 21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

[18] Mk 16:16; Jn 3:36; 5:24; 6:40, 47; 20:31; Ro 5:1; 8:1, 34; He 2:3; 12:25; 1Jn 5:10, 12.
[19] Is 30:9; Mt 11:20; Lk 10:11; 12:47; 16:14; Jn 1:4, 9; 5:44; 7:17; 8:12, 44; 9:39; 10:26; 12:43; 15:22; Ac 24:21; Ro 1:32; 2:8; 2Co 2:15; 2Th 2:12; He 3:12; 1P 2:8; 2P 3:3.
[20] 1K 22:8; Jb 24:13; Ps 50:17; Pv 1:29; 4:18; 5:12; 15:12; Am 5:10; Lk 11:45; Jn 7:7; Ep 5:12; Jm 1:23.
[21] Ps 1:1; 119:80, 105; 139:23; Is 8:20; 26:12; Ho 14:8; Jn 1:47; 5:39; 15:4; Ac 17:11; 1Co 15:10; 2Co 1:12; Ga 5:22; 6:8; Ep 5:9; Php 1:11; 2:13; Col 1:29; He 13:21; 1P 1:22; 2P 1:5; 1Jn 1:6; 2:27; 4:12, 15; 3Jn 1:11; Rv 3:1, 15.

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

[22] Jn 2:13; 3:26; 4:1, 3; 7:3.

The baptism, witness, and doctrine of John concerning Christ.

23 ¶ And John also was baptizing in Aenon near to Salim, because there was much water there: and they came, and were baptized. 24 For John was not yet cast into prison.

[23] Gn 33:18; 1S 9:4; Jr 51:13; Ezk 19:10; 43:2; Mt 3:5; Mk 1:4; Lk 3:7; Rv 1:15; 14:2; 19:6.
[24] Mt 4:12; 14:3; Mk 6:17; Lk 3:19; 9:7.

25 ¶ Then there arose a question between [some] of John's disciples and the Jews about purifying. 26 And they came unto John, and said unto him, Rabbi, he that was with thee beyond Jordan, to whom thou barest witness, behold, the same baptizeth, and all [men] come to him. 27 John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven. 28 Ye yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but that I am sent before him. 29 He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom's voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled. 30 He must increase, but I [must] decrease. 31 He that cometh from above is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth: he that cometh from heaven is above all. 32 And what he hath seen and heard, that he testifieth; and no man receiveth his testimony. 33 He that hath received his testimony hath set to his seal that God is true. 34 For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure [unto him]. 35 The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand. 36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

[25] Mt 3:11; Mk 7:2, 8; Jn 2:6; He 6:2; 9:10, 13, 23; 1P 3:21.
[26] Nu 11:26; Ps 65:2; Ec 4:4; Is 45:23; Jn 1:7, 9, 15, 26; 11:48; 12:19; Ac 19:26; 1Co 3:3; Ga 5:20; 6:12; Jm 3:14; 4:5.
[27] Nu 16:9; 17:5; 1Ch 28:4; Jr 1:5; 17:16; Am 7:15; Mt 21:25; 25:15; Mk 11:30; 13:34; Ro 1:5; 12:6; 1Co 1:1; 2:12; 3:5; 4:7; 12:11; 15:10; Ga 1:1; Ep 1:1; 3:7; 1Ti 2:7; He 5:4; Jm 1:17; 1P 4:10.
[28] Mal 3:1; 4:4; Mt 3:3, 11; Mk 1:2; Lk 1:16, 76; 3:4; Jn 1:20, 23, 25, 27.
[29] Jg 14:10; Ps 45:9, 14; So 3:11; 4:8; 5:1; Is 54:5; 62:4; 66:11; Jr 2:2; Ezk 16:8; Ho 2:19; Mt 9:15; 22:2; Lk 2:10; 15:6; 2Co 11:2; Ep 5:25; Rv 19:7; 21:9.
[30] Ps 72:17; Is 9:7; 53:2, 12; Dn 2:34, 44; Mt 13:31; Ac 13:36; 1Co 3:5; 2Co 3:7; Col 1:18; He 3:2; Rv 11:15.
[31] Mt 28:18; Jn 1:15, 27, 30; 3:12, 13; 5:21; 6:33, 51; 8:23; 16:27; Ac 10:36; Ro 9:5; 1Co 15:47; Ep 1:20, 21; 4:8; Php 2:9; He 9:1, 9; 1P 3:22; Rv 19:16.
[32] Is 50:2; 53:1; Jn 1:11; 3:11, 26, 33; 5:20; 8:26; 15:15; Ro 10:16; 11:2.
[33] Ro 3:3; 4:18; 2Co 1:18; Tit 1:1; He 6:17; 1Jn 5:9.
[34] Nu 11:25; 2K 2:9; Ps 45:7; Is 11:2; 59:21; 62:1; Jn 1:16; 3:17; 5:26; 7:16, 37; 8:26, 40, 47; 15:26; 16:7; Ro 8:2; Ep 3:8; 4:7; Col 1:19; 2:9; Rv 21:6; 22:1, 16.
[35] Gn 41:44, 55; Ps 2:8; Pv 8:30; Is 9:6; 42:1; Mt 3:17; 11:27; 17:5; 28:18; Lk 10:22; Jn 5:20, 22; 13:3; 15:9; 17:2, 23, 26; 1Co 15:27; Ep 1:22; Php 2:9; He 1:2; 2:8; 1P 3:22.
[36] Nu 32:11; Jb 33:28; Ps 2:12; 36:9; 49:19; 106:4; Hab 2:4; Lk 2:30; 3:6; Jn 1:12; 3:3, 15; 5:24; 6:47; 8:51; 10:28; Ro 1:17, 18; 4:15; 5:9; 8:1, 24; Ga 3:10; Ep 5:6; 1Th 1:10; 5:9; He 2:3; 10:29; 1Jn 3:14; 5:10; Rv 6:16; 21:8.


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