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1Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, who belonged to the Jewish authorities;

2he came one night to Jesus and said, "Rabbi, we know you have come from God to teach us, for no one could perform these Signs of yours unless God were with him."

3Jesus replied, "Truly, truly I tell you, no one can see God's Realm unless he is born from above."

4Nicodemus said to him, "How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter his mother's womb over again and be born?"

5Jesus replied, "Truly, truly I tell you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter God's Realm.

6What is born of the flesh is flesh: what is born of the Spirit is Spirit.

7Do not wonder at me telling you, 'You must all be born from above.'

8The wind blows where it wills; you can hear its sound, but you never know where it has come from or where it goes: it is the same with everyone who is born of the Spirit."

9Nicodemus answered, "How can that be?"

10Jesus replied, "You do not understand this? -- you, a teacher in Israel!

11Truly, truly I tell you, we are speaking of what we do understand, we testify to what we have actually seen -- and yet you refuse our testimony.

12If you will not believe when I speak to you about things on earth, how will you believe if I speak to you about things in heaven?

13And yet the Son of man, descended from heaven, is the only one who has ever ascended into heaven.

14Indeed the Son of man must be lifted on high, just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert,

15that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.

16For God loved the world so dearly that he gave up his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life, instead of perishing.

17God did not send his Son into the world to pass sentence on it, but to save the world by him.

18He who believes in him is not sentenced; he who will not believe is sentenced already, for having refused to believe in the name of the only Son of God.

19And this is the sentence of condemnation, that the Light has entered the world and yet men have preferred darkness to light. It is because their actions have been evil;

20for anyone whose practices are corrupt loathes the light and will not come out into it, in case his actions are exposed,

21whereas anyone whose life is true comes out into the light, to make it plain that his actions have been divinely prompted.










31He who comes from above is far above all others; he who springs from earth belongs to earth and speaks of earth; he who comes from heaven [is far above all others.

32He] is testifying to what he has seen and heard, and yet no one accepts his testimony.

33Whoever does accept it, certifies to the truth of God.

34For he whom God has sent utters the words of God -- God gives him the Spirit in no sparing measure;

35the Father loves the Son and has given him control over everything.

36He who believes in the Son has eternal life, but he who disobeys the Son shall not see life -- God's anger broods over him."