10 Jesus answered and said to him, “Are you the teacher of Israel, and do not know these things? 11 (A)Most assuredly, I say to you, We speak what We know and testify what We have seen, and (B)you do not receive Our witness. 12 If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things? 13 (C)No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man [a]who is in heaven. 14 (D)And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so (E)must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever (F)believes in Him should [b]not perish but (G)have eternal life. 16 (H)For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten (I)Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 (J)For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

18 (K)“He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 And this is the condemnation, (L)that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For (M)everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. 21 But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been (N)done in God.”

John the Baptist Exalts Christ

22 After these things Jesus and His disciples came into the land of Judea, and there He remained with them (O)and baptized. 23 Now John also was baptizing in Aenon near (P)Salim, because there was much water there. (Q)And they came and were baptized. 24 For (R)John had not yet been thrown into prison.

25 Then there arose a dispute between some of John’s disciples and the Jews about purification.

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  1. John 3:13 NU omits who is in heaven
  2. John 3:15 NU omits not perish but

10 “You are Israel’s teacher,”(A) said Jesus, “and do you not understand these things? 11 Very truly I tell you, we speak of what we know,(B) and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony.(C) 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(D) except the one who came from heaven(E)—the Son of Man.[a](F) 14 Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness,(G) so the Son of Man must be lifted up,[b](H) 15 that everyone who believes(I) may have eternal life in him.”[c](J)

16 For God so loved(K) the world that he gave(L) his one and only Son,(M) that whoever believes(N) in him shall not perish but have eternal life.(O) 17 For God did not send his Son into the world(P) to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.(Q) 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned,(R) but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.(S) 19 This is the verdict: Light(T) has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.(U) 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed.(V) 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.

John Testifies Again About Jesus

22 After this, Jesus and his disciples went out into the Judean countryside, where he spent some time with them, and baptized.(W) 23 Now John(X) also was baptizing at Aenon near Salim, because there was plenty of water, and people were coming and being baptized. 24 (This was before John was put in prison.)(Y) 25 An argument developed between some of John’s disciples and a certain Jew over the matter of ceremonial washing.(Z)

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  1. John 3:13 Some manuscripts Man, who is in heaven
  2. John 3:14 The Greek for lifted up also means exalted.
  3. John 3:15 Some interpreters end the quotation with verse 21.