1 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:
1 Now there was a man from the Pharisees, a leader of the Jews, whose name was Nicodemus.
1 Now there was a certain man among the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler (a leader, an authority) among 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.
2 He came to Jesus at night and told him, "Rabbi, we know that you have come from God as a teacher, because no one can perform these signs that you are doing unless God is with him."
2 Who came to Jesus at night and said to Him, Rabbi, we know and are certain that You have come from God [as] a Teacher; for no one can do these signs (these wonderworks, these miracles -- "and produce the proofs) that You do unless God is 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.
3 Jesus replied to him, "Truly, I tell you emphatically, unless a person is born from above he cannot see the kingdom of God."
3 Jesus answered him, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, that unless a person is born again (anew, from above), he cannot ever see (know, be acquainted with, and experience) the kingdom of God.
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?”
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?
4 “But how can anyone be born when he is old?” Nicodemus asked Him. “Can he enter his mother’s womb a second time and be born?”
4 Nicodemus asked him, "How can a person be born when he is old? He can't go back into his mother's womb a second time and be born, can he?"
4 Nicodemus said to Him, How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter his mother's womb again 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.
5 Jesus answered, "Truly, I tell you emphatically, unless a person is born of water and Spirit he cannot enter the kingdom of God.
5 Jesus answered, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, unless a man is born of water and [ even] the Spirit, he cannot [ever] enter the kingdom of God.
6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
6 What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit.
6 What is born of [from] the flesh is flesh [of the physical is physical]; and what is born of the Spirit is spirit.
7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
7 Don't be astonished that I told you, "All of you must be born from above.'
7 Marvel not [do not be surprised, astonished] at My telling you, You must all be born anew (from above).
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.
8 The wind blows where it wants to. You hear its sound, but you don't know where it comes from or where it is going. That's the way it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit."
8 The wind blows (breathes) where it wills; and though you hear its sound, yet you neither know where it comes from nor where it is going. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.
10 Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things?
10 Jesus answered him, "You're the teacher of Israel, and you can't understand this?
10 Jesus replied, Are you the teacher of Israel, and yet do not know nor understand these things? [Are they strange to you?]
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.
11 Truly, I tell you emphatically, we know what we're talking about, and we testify about what we've seen. Yet you people do not accept our testimony.
11 I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, We speak only of what we know [we know absolutely what we are talking about]; we have actually seen what we are testifying to [we were eyewitnesses of it]. And still you do not receive our testimony [you reject and refuse our evidence -- "that of Myself and of all those who are born of the Spirit].
12 If I told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things?
12 If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?
12 If I have told you about things that happen on earth and you don’t believe, how will you believe if I tell you about things of heaven?
12 If I have told you people about earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you about heavenly things?
12 If I have told you of things that happen right here on the earth and yet none of you believes Me, how can you believe (trust Me, adhere to Me, rely on Me) 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.
13 "No one has gone up to heaven except the one who came down from heaven, the Son of Man who is in heaven.
13 And yet no one has ever gone up to heaven, but there is One Who has come down from heaven -- "the Son of Man [Himself], Who is (dwells, has His home) in heaven.
14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:
14 Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up,
14 And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert [on a pole], so must [so it is necessary that] the Son of Man be lifted up [on the cross],
15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
15 so that everyone who believes in him would have eternal life.
15 In order that everyone who believes in Him [who cleaves to Him, trusts Him, and relies on Him] may not perish, but have eternal life and [actually] live forever!
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.
16 "For this is how God loved the world: He gave his unique Son so that everyone who believes in him would not be lost but have eternal life.
16 For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten ( unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (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.
17 Because God sent the Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world would be saved through him.
17 For God did not send the Son into the world in order to judge (to reject, to condemn, to pass sentence on) the world, but that the world might find salvation and be made safe and sound through Him.
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.
18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe has already been condemned, because he has not believed in the name of God's unique Son.
18 He who believes in Him [who clings to, trusts in, relies on Him] is not judged [he who trusts in Him never comes up for judgment; for him there is no rejection, no condemnation -- "he incurs no damnation]; but he who does not believe (cleave to, rely on, trust in Him) is judged already [he has already been convicted and has already received his sentence] because he has not believed in and trusted in the name of the only begotten Son of God. [He is condemned for refusing to let his trust rest in Christ's name.]
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.
19 And this is the basis for judgment: The light has come into the world, but people loved the darkness more than the light because their actions were evil.
19 The [basis of the] judgment (indictment, the test by which men are judged, the ground for the sentence) lies in this: the Light has come into the world, and people have loved the darkness rather than and more than the Light, for their works (deeds) were evil.
20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
20 Everyone who practices wickedness hates the light and does not come to the light, so that his actions may not be exposed.
20 For every wrongdoer hates (loathes, detests) the Light, and will not come out into the Light but shrinks from it, lest his works (his deeds, his activities, his conduct) be exposed and reproved.
21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
21 But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may become evident that his actions have God's approval."
21 But he who practices truth [who does what is right] comes out into the Light; so that his works may be plainly shown to be what they are -- "wrought with God [divinely prompted, done with God's help, in dependence upon Him].
22 After these things came Jesus and his disciples into the land of Judaea; and there he tarried with them, and baptized.
22 After this, Jesus and His disciples went to the Judean countryside, where He spent time with them and baptized.
22 After this, Jesus and his disciples went into the Judean countryside. He spent some time there with them and began baptizing.
22 After this, Jesus and His disciples went into the land (the countryside) of Judea, where He remained with them, and baptized.
23 John also was baptizing in Aenon near Salim, because there was much water there; and people were coming and were being baptized—
23 And John also was baptizing in AEnon near to Salim, because there was much water there: and they came, and were baptized.
23 John was also baptizing in Aenon, near Salim, because there was plenty of water there. People kept coming and were being baptized,
23 But John also was baptizing at Aenon near Salim, for there was an abundance of water there, and the people kept coming and being baptized.
25 Then there arose a question between some of John's disciples and the Jews about purifying.
25 Then a controversy about ritual purification sprang up between a certain Jew and John's disciples,
25 Therefore there arose a controversy between some of John's disciples and a Jew in regard to purification.
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.
26 so they went to John and told him, "Rabbi, the man who was with you on the other side of the Jordan, the one about whom you testified look, he's baptizing, and everyone is going to him!"
26 So they came to John and reported to him, Rabbi, the Man Who was with you on the other side of the Jordan [ at the Jordan crossing] -- "and to Whom you yourself have borne testimony -- "notice, here He is baptizing too, and everybody is flocking to Him!
27 John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven.
27 John responded, “No one can receive a single thing unless it’s given to him from heaven.
27 John replied, "No one can receive anything unless it has been given to them from heaven.
27 John answered, A man can receive nothing [he can claim nothing, he can take unto himself nothing] except as it has been granted to him from heaven. [A man must be content to receive the gift which is given him from heaven; there is no other source.]
28 Ye yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but that I am sent before him.
28 You yourselves are my witnesses that I said, "I am not the Messiah, but I have been sent ahead of him.'
28 You yourselves are my witnesses [you personally bear me out] that I stated, I am not the Christ (the Anointed One, the Messiah), but I have [only] been sent before Him [in advance of Him, to be His appointed forerunner, His messenger, His announcer].
29 He who has the bride is (AS)the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice. So this (AT)joy of mine has been made full.
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.
29 It is the bridegroom who gets the bride, yet the bridegroom's friend, who merely stands by and listens for him, is overjoyed to hear the bridegroom's voice. That's why this joy of mine is now complete.
29 He who has the bride is the bridegroom; but the groomsman who stands by and listens to him rejoices greatly and heartily on account of the bridegroom's voice. This then is my pleasure and joy, and it is now complete.
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.
31 The one who comes from above is superior to everything. The one who is of the earth belongs to the earth and speaks about earthly things. The one who comes from heaven is superior to everything.
31 He Who comes from above (heaven) is [far] above all [others]; he who comes from the earth belongs to the earth, and talks the language of earth [his words are from an earthly standpoint]. He Who comes from heaven is [far] above all others [far superior to all others in prominence and in excellence].
32 And what he hath seen and heard, that he testifieth; and no man receiveth his testimony.
32 He testifies about what he has seen and heard, yet no one accepts his testimony.
32 It is to what He has [actually] seen and heard that He bears testimony, and yet no one accepts His testimony [no one receives His evidence as true].
33 He that hath received his testimony hath set to his seal that God is true.
33 The person who has accepted his testimony has acknowledged that God is truthful.
33 Whoever receives His testimony has set his seal of approval to this: God is true. [That man has definitely certified, acknowledged, declared once and for all, and is himself assured that it is divine truth that God cannot lie].
34 For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him.
34 The one whom God sent speaks the words of God, because God does not give the Spirit in limited measure to him.
34 For since He Whom God has sent speaks the words of God [proclaims God's own message], God does not give Him His Spirit sparingly or by measure, but boundless is the gift God makes of His Spirit!
35 The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand.
35 The Father loves the Son and has put everything in his hands.
35 The Father loves the Son and has given (entrusted, committed) everything 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.
36 The one who believes in the Son has eternal life, but the one who disobeys the Son will not see life. Instead, the wrath of God remains on him.
36 And he who believes in (has faith in, clings to, relies on) the Son has (now possesses) eternal life. But whoever disobeys (is unbelieving toward, refuses to trust in, disregards, is not subject to) the Son will never see (experience) life, but [instead] the wrath of God abides on him. [God's displeasure remains on him; His indignation hangs over him continually.]
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