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1Now there was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicode'mus, a ruler of the Jews.Jesus and Nicodemus Jn.3.1-21 (Jerusalem)
2This man came to Jesus Greek: him by night and said to him, "Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do, unless God is with him." 
3Jesus answered him, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born anew Or: from above, he cannot see the kingdom of God." 
4Nicode'mus said to him, "How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born?" 
5Jesus answered, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 
6That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. The same Greek word means both WIND and SPIRIT 
7Do not marvel that I said to you, 'You must be born anew Or: from above.'  
8The wind The same Greek word means both WIND and SPIRIT blows where it wills, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know whence it comes or whither it goes; so it is with every one who is born of the Spirit." 
9Nicode'mus said to him, "How can this be?" 
10Jesus answered him, "Are you a teacher of Israel, and yet you do not understand this? 
11Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak of what we know, and bear witness to what we have seen; but you do not receive our testimony. 
12If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you heavenly things? 
13No one has ascended into heaven but he who descended from heaven, the Son of man Other ancient authorities add: who is in heaven. 
14And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of man be lifted up, 
15that whoever believes in him may have eternal life Some interpreters hold that the quotation continues through verse 21." 
16For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 
17For God sent the Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him. 
18He who believes in him is not condemned; he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. 
19And this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 
20For every one who does evil hates the light, and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. 
21But he who does what is true comes to the light, that it may be clearly seen that his deeds have been wrought in God. 

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