The Word Became Flesh

In the beginning was the Word,(A) and the Word was with God,(B) and the Word was God.(C) He was with God in the beginning.(D) Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.(E) In him was life,(F) and that life was the light(G) of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness,(H) and the darkness has not overcome[a] it.(I)

There was a man sent from God whose name was John.(J) He came as a witness to testify(K) concerning that light, so that through him all might believe.(L) He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.

The true light(M) that gives light to everyone(N) was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him,(O) the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.(P)

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  1. John 1:5 Or understood

Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.[a](A)

“How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!”

Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit.(B) Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit[b] gives birth to spirit.(C) You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You[c] must be born again.’ The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”[d](D)

“How can this be?”(E) Nicodemus asked.

10 “You are Israel’s teacher,”(F) said Jesus, “and do you not understand these things? 11 Very truly I tell you, we speak of what we know,(G) and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony.(H) 12 I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things? 13 No one has ever gone into heaven(I) except the one who came from heaven(J)—the Son of Man.[e](K) 14 Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness,(L) so the Son of Man must be lifted up,[f](M) 15 that everyone who believes(N) may have eternal life in him.”[g](O)

16 For God so loved(P) the world that he gave(Q) his one and only Son,(R) that whoever believes(S) in him shall not perish but have eternal life.(T) 17 For God did not send his Son into the world(U) to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.(V) 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned,(W) but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.(X) 19 This is the verdict: Light(Y) has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.(Z) 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed.(AA) 21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.

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Footnotes

  1. John 3:3 The Greek for again also means from above; also in verse 7.
  2. John 3:6 Or but spirit
  3. John 3:7 The Greek is plural.
  4. John 3:8 The Greek for Spirit is the same as that for wind.
  5. John 3:13 Some manuscripts Man, who is in heaven
  6. John 3:14 The Greek for lifted up also means exalted.
  7. John 3:15 Some interpreters end the quotation with verse 21.