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John Chapter 3
Jesus Teaches Nicodemus
1 ... Now there was a man of the Pharisees
named Nicodemus, a member of the Jewish ruling council.
2 ... He came to Jesus at night and
said, "Rabbi, we know you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one
could perform the miraculous signs you are doing if God were not with him."
3 ... In reply Jesus declared,
tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born
4 ... "How can a man be born when he
is old?" Nicodemus asked. "Surely he cannot enter a second time into his
mother's womb to be born!"
5 ... Jesus answered,
tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born
of water and the Spirit.
6 ... Flesh gives
birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.
7 ... You should
not be surprised at my saying, 'You must be born again.'
8 ... 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
9 ... "How can this be?" Nicodemus asked.
10 ... "You are
Israel's teacher," said Jesus,
"and do you not understand these things?
11 ... I tell
you the truth, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have
seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony.
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 except the one who came from heaven ... the Son
14 ... Just as
Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted
up, that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.
16 ... "For God
so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes
in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
17 ... For God
did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the
world through him.
18 ... Whoever
believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned
already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son.
19 ... This is
the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead
of light because their deeds were evil.
20 ... Everyone
who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear
that his deeds will be exposed.
21 ... But whoever
lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly
that what he has done has been done through God."
John the Baptist's Testimony
22 ... After this, Jesus and his disciples
went out into the Judean countryside, where he spent some time with them
23 ... Now John also was baptizing at
Aenon near Salim, because there was plenty of water, and people were constantly
coming to be baptized.
24 ... (This was before John was put
25 ... An argument developed between
some of John's disciples and a certain Jew over the matter of ceremonial
26 ... They came to John and said to
him, "Rabbi, that man who was with you on the other side of the Jordan
... the one you testified about ... well, he is baptizing, and everyone
is going to him."
27 ... To this John replied, "A man
can receive only what is given him from heaven.
28 ... You yourselves can testify that
I said, 'I am not the Christ but am sent ahead of him.'
29 ... The bride belongs to the bridegroom.
The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listens for him, and is
full of joy when he hears the bridegroom's voice. That joy is mine, and
it is now complete.
30 ... He must become greater; I must
31 ... "The one who comes from above
is above all; the one who is from the earth belongs to the earth, and speaks
as one from the earth. The one who comes from heaven is above all.
32 ... He testifies to what he has seen
and heard, but no one accepts his testimony.
33 ... The man who has accepted it has
certifed that God is truthful.
34 ... For the one whom God has sent
speaks the words of God, for God gives the Spirit without limit.
35 ... The Father loves the Son and
has placed everything in his hands.
36 ... Whoever believes in the Son has
eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God's
wrath remains on him."
John Chapter 4 ...
Jesus Talks With a Samaritan
The Pharisees heard that Jesus was gaining
and baptizing more disciples than John, although in fact it was not Jesus
who baptized, but his disciples.
3 ... When the Lord learned of this,
he left Judea and went back once more to Galilee.
4 ... Now he had to go through Samaria.
5 ... So he came to a town in Samaria
called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph.
6 ... Jacob's well was there, and Jesus,
tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about the
7 ... When a Samaritan woman came to
draw water, Jesus said to her, "Will you give me
8 ... (His disciples had gone into the
town to buy food.)
9 ... The Samaritan woman said to him,
"You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?"
(For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.)
10 ... Jesus answered her, "If
you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would
have asked him and he would have given you living water."
11 ... "Sir," the woman said, "you have
nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living
12 ... Are you greater than our father
Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his
sons and his flocks and herds?"
13 ... Jesus answered,
who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water
I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become
in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life."
15 ... The woman said to him, "Sir,
give me this water so that I won't get thirsty and have to keep coming
here to draw water."
16 ... He told her, "Go,
call your husband and come back."
17 ... "I have no husband," she replied.
Jesus said to her, "You are right when you say you
have no husband.
18 ... The fact
is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband.
What you have just said is quite true."
19 ... "Sir," the woman said, "I can
see that you are a prophet.
20 ... Our fathers worshiped on this
mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in
21 ... Jesus declared,
me, woman, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on
this mountain nor in Jerusalem.
22 ... You Samaritans
worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation
is from the Jews.
23 ... Yet a time
is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father
in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.
24 ... God is
spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth."
25 ... The woman said, "I know that
Messiah" (called Christ) "is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything
26 ... Then Jesus declared,
who speak to you am he."
The Disciples Rejoin Jesus
27 ... Just then his disciples returned
and were surprised to find him talking with a woman. But no one asked,
"What do you want?" or "Why are you talking with her?"
28 ... Then, leaving her water jar,
the woman went back to the town and said to the people, "Come, see a man
who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Christ?"
30 ... They came out of the town and
made their way toward him.
31 ... Meanwhile his disciples urged
him, "Rabbi, eat something."
32 ... But he said to them, "I
have food to eat that you know nothing about."
33 ... Then his disciples said to each
other, "Could someone have brought him food?"
34 ... "My food,"
said Jesus, "is to do the will of him who sent me
and to finish his work.
35 ... Do you
not say, 'Four months more and then the harvest'? I tell you, open your
eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.
36 ... Even now
the reaper draws his wages, even now he harvests the crop for eternal life,
so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together.
37 ... Thus the
saying'One sows and another reaps' is true.
38 ... I sent
you to reap what you have not worked for. Others have done the hard work,
and you have reaped the benefits of their labor."
Many Samaritans Believe
39 ... Many of the Samaritans from that
town believed in him because of the woman's testimony, "He told me everything
I ever did."
40 ... So when the Samaritans came to
him, they urged him to stay with them, and he stayed two days.
41 ... And because of his words many
more became believers.
42 ... They said to the woman, "We no
longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves,
and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world."
Jesus Heals the Official's
43 ... After the two days he left for
44 ... (Now Jesus himself had pointed
out that a prophet has no honor in his own country.)
45 ... When he arrived in Galilee, the
Galileans welcomed him They had seen all that he had done in Jerusalem
at the Passover Feast, for they also had been there.
46 ... Once more he visited Cana in
Galilee, where he had turned the water into wine. And there was a certain
royal official whose son lay sick at Capernaum.
47 ... When this man heard that Jesus
had arrived in Galilee from Judea, he went to him and begged him to come
and heal this son, who was close to death.
48 ... "Unless
you people see miraculous signs and wonders," Jesus
told him, "you will never believe."
49 ... The royal official said, "Sir,
come down before my child dies."
50 ... Jesus replied,
may go. Your son will live."
The man took Jesus at his word and departed.
51 ... While he was still on the way,
hs servants met him with the news that his boy was living.
52 ... When he inquired as to the time
when his son got better, they said to him, "The fever left him yesterday
at the seventh hour."
53 ... Then the father realized that
this was the exact time at which Jesus had said to him, "Your
son will live." So he and all his household believed.
54 ... This was the second miraculous
sign that Jesus performed, having come from Judea to Galilee.