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John 3:9-21Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

“How can these things be?” asked Nicodemus.

10 “Are you a teacher[a] of Israel and don’t know these things?” Jesus replied. 11 “I assure you: We speak what We know and We testify to what We have seen, but you[b] do not accept Our testimony.[c] 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? 13 No one has ascended into heaven except the One who descended from heaven—the Son of Man.[d] 14 Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, 15 so that everyone who believes in Him will[e] have eternal life.

16 “For God loved the world in this way:[f] He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world that He might condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. 18 Anyone who believes in Him is not condemned, but anyone who does not believe is already condemned, because he has not believed in the name of the One and Only Son of God.

19 “This, then, is the judgment: The light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than the light because their deeds were evil. 20 For everyone who practices wicked things hates the light and avoids it,[g] so that his deeds may not be exposed. 21 But anyone who lives by[h] the truth comes to the light, so that his works may be shown to be accomplished by God.”[i]

Footnotes:

  1. John 3:10 Or the teacher
  2. John 3:11 In Gk, the word you is pl here and throughout v. 12.
  3. John 3:11 The pronouns we and our refer to Jesus and His authority to speak for the Father.
  4. John 3:13 Other mss add who is in heaven
  5. John 3:15 Other mss add not perish, but
  6. John 3:16 The Gk word houtos, commonly translated in Jn 3:16 as “so” or “so much” occurs over 200 times in the NT. Almost without exception it is an adverb of manner, not degree (for example, see Mt 1:18). It only means “so much” when modifying an adjective (see Gl 3:3; Rv 16:18). Manner seems primarily in view in Jn 3:16, which explains the HCSB‘s rendering.
  7. John 3:20 Lit and does not come to the light
  8. John 3:21 Lit who does
  9. John 3:21 It is possible that Jesus’ words end at v. 15. Ancient Gk did not have quotation marks.

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