1 And there was a man of the Pharisees whose name was Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. 2 This man came to him by night and said to him, Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can perform these miracles which you perform unless God is with him.
3 Jesus answered and said to him, I tell you most truly, unless one has been born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.
4 Nicodemus said to him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he become an unborn infant of his mother a second time, and be born?
5 Jesus answered, I tell you most truly, unless a man is 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 a spirit. 7 Wonder not that I said to you, You must be born again. 8 The Spirit breathes where it wills, and you hear its voice, but you know not whence it comes, nor whither it goes; so is every one that has been born of the Spirit.
9 Nicodemus answered and said to him, How can these things be?
10 Jesus answered and said to him, Are you a teacher of Israel and know not these things? 11 I tell you most truly, that we speak what we know, and what we have seen we testify; and you receive not our testimony. 12 If I have told you earthly things and you believe not, how will you believe if I should tell you heavenly things? 13 And no one has ascended into heaven but he that came down from heaven, the Son of man who is in heaven. 14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of man be lifted up; 15 that every one believing in him may have eternal life.
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that every one believing in him may not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world through him might be saved. 18 He that believes in him is not judged; but he that believes not has been judged already; because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.
19 And this is the judgment; that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than the light, because their deeds are evil. 20 For every one that does evil hates the light, and comes not to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved; 21 but he that does good comes to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, for they are wrought in God.
22 AFTER these things Jesus and his disciples came into the country of Judea; and there he staid with them, and baptized. 23 And John also was baptizing at AEnon, near Salim, because there were many waters there; and they came and were baptized, 24 for John was not yet cast into prison.
25 Then there was a controversy of the disciples of John with a Jew concerning purification. 26 And they came to John and said to him, Rabbi, he that was with you beyond the Jordan, to whom you testified, behold, this [man] baptizes and all men come to him.
27 John answered and said, A man can receive nothing unless it is given him from heaven. 28 You yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but am sent before him. 29 He that has the bride is the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom's voice; this my joy, therefore, is fully attained. 30 He must increase, but I must decrease.
31 He that comes from above is above all; he that is of the earth is of the earth, and speaks of the earth. He that comes from heaven is above all; 32 and what he has seen and heard this he testifies; and no one receives his testimony. 33 He that receives his testimony has sealed that God is true. 34 For he whom God has sent speaks the words of God; for God gives not the Spirit by measure. 35 The Father loves the Son, and has given all things into his hand. 36 He that believes on the Son has eternal life; but he that disbelieves the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God continues on him.