1 Now one of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, was there, a ruler of the Jews: 2 who came to Jesus by night, and said to him, rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher sent from God: for no man can perform the miracles that you do, except God be with him.
3 Jesus answered him, I declare unto thee, except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
4 Nicodemus replied, how can a man be born when he is old? can he enter into his mother, and be born a second time?
5 Jesus answered, I tell thee, except a man be renewed by the spiritual baptism, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6 the cleansing of the body is only external, but the purification of the spirit is spiritual. 7 be not surprized that I said to thee, you must be born again. 8 the wind bloweth where it listeth, and you hear the sound thereof, but cannot tell whence it comes, or whither it goes: such is the change in every one that is renewed by the spirit.
9 Nicodemus answered, how can that be?
10 Jesus answered him, are you a doctor in Israel, and not know these things? 11 I declare unto thee, we speak what we know, and testify what we have seen; but you do not receive our testimony. 12 if you don't believe when I tell you what is plain, how should you believe, if I tell you of things more sublime? 13 for no man hath penetrated into the secrets of heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the son of man, who is in heaven. 14 but 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.
16 for God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him, should not perish, but have eternal life. 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, shall not be condemned: but he that believeth not, is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the only begotten son of God.
19 and this is the subject of their condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men have loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 for every one that doth evil, hateth the light, and shunneth the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. 21 but he that doth right, cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, because they are agreeable to the will of God.
22 After this Jesus went with his disciples into Judea, where he stay'd with them for some time, 23 and baptized, while John was likewise baptizing in Enon, near Salim, it being a place abounding with water: so that people came to be baptized there. 24 for John was not yet cast into prison.
25 Now there happen'd to be a dispute about baptism between a Jews, and some of John's disciples: 26 who thereupon went to John, and said, master, he that was with you beyond Jordan, to whom you bore testimony, he himself does now baptize likewise, and the people flock to him.
27 but John made them this answer, a man can have no authority, but what he derives from heaven. 28 you yourselves can bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but was only sent before him: 29 the bridegroom is he that hath a right to the bride: as for the friend of the bridegroom, who is nigh his person and heareth him, he greatly rejoyces at the voice of the bridegroom: upon this account my joy is compleat. 30 he must advance,
31 but I must decline. he that cometh from above, is above all: he that is from the earth, is earthly, and his language is likewise earthly: he that cometh from heaven is above all. 32 and what he hath seen and heard, that he testifieth; but his testimony doth no man receive. 33 he that hath received his testimony, hath set his seal to this, that God is true. 34 for he whom God hath sent, saith nothing but what is divine: for God hath given him the spirit without restriction. 35 the father loveth the son, and hath given all things into his hand. 36 he that believeth on the son, hath a right to everlasting life: and he that disobeys the son, shall not enjoy life; but be expos'd to divine wrath.