1 ¶ There was a man of
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.
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
So Loved 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
17 For God sent not his
Son into the world to condemn the world; but
that the world through him might be saved.
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.
Must Increase, but I Must Decrease
22 ¶ After these
things came Jesus and his disciples into the land
of Judaea; and there he tarried with them, and baptized.
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.
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.
Testimony from Heaven
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
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
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