Bible: John 3-4

Conversation with Nicodemus

3:1 Now a certain man, a Pharisee 1  named Nicodemus, who was a member of the Jewish ruling council, 2  3:2 came to Jesus 3  at night 4  and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the miraculous signs 5  that you do unless God is with him.” 3:3 Jesus replied, 6 I tell you the solemn truth, 7  unless a person is born from above, 8  he cannot see the kingdom of God.” 9  3:4 Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter his mother’s womb and be born a second time, can he? 10 

3:5 Jesus answered, “I tell you the solemn truth, 11  unless a person is born of water and spirit, 12  he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 3:6 What is born of the flesh is flesh, 13  and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. 3:7 Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must all 14  be born from above.’ 15  3:8 The wind 16  blows wherever it will, and you hear the sound it makes, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” 17 

3:9 Nicodemus replied, 18 How can these things be? 19  3:10 Jesus answered, 20 Are you the teacher of Israel and yet you don’t understand these things? 21  3:11 I tell you the solemn truth, 22  we speak about what we know and testify about what we have seen, but 23  you people 24  do not accept our testimony. 25  3:12 If I have told you people 26  about earthly things and you don’t believe, how will you believe if I tell you about heavenly things? 27  3:13 No one 28  has ascended 29  into heaven except the one who descended from heaven – the Son of Man. 30  3:14 Just as 31  Moses lifted up the serpent 32  in the wilderness, 33  so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 34  3:15 so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.” 35 

3:16 For this is the way 36  God loved the world: He gave his one and only 37  Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish 38  but have eternal life. 39  3:17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, 40  but that the world should be saved through him. 3:18 The one who believes in him is not condemned. 41  The one who does not believe has been condemned 42  already, because he has not believed in the name of the one and only 43  Son of God. 3:19 Now this is the basis for judging: 44  that the light has come into the world and people 45  loved the darkness rather than the light, because their deeds were evil. 3:20 For everyone who does evil deeds hates the light and does not come to the light, so that their deeds will not be exposed. 3:21 But the one who practices the truth comes to the light, so that it may be plainly evident that his deeds have been done in God. 46 

Further Testimony About Jesus by John the Baptist

3:22 After this, 47  Jesus and his disciples came into Judean territory, and there he spent time with them and was baptizing. 3:23 John 48  was also baptizing at Aenon near Salim, 49  because water was plentiful there, and people were coming 50  to him 51  and being baptized. 3:24 (For John had not yet been thrown into prison.) 52 

3:25 Now a dispute came about between some of John’s disciples and a certain Jew 53  concerning ceremonial washing. 54  3:26 So they came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, the one who was with you on the other side of the Jordan River, 55  about whom you testified – see, he is baptizing, and everyone is flocking to him!

3:27 John replied, 56 No one can receive anything unless it has been given to him from heaven. 3:28 You yourselves can testify that I said, ‘I am not the Christ,’ 57  but rather, ‘I have been sent before him.’ 3:29 The one who has the bride is the bridegroom. The friend of the bridegroom, who stands by and listens for him, rejoices greatly 58  when he hears the bridegroom’s voice. This then is my joy, and it is complete. 59  3:30 He must become more important while I become less important.” 60 

3:31 The one who comes from above is superior to all. 61  The one who is from the earth belongs to the earth and speaks about earthly things. 62  The one who comes from heaven 63  is superior to all. 64  3:32 He testifies about what he has seen and heard, but no one accepts his testimony. 3:33 The one who has accepted his testimony has confirmed clearly that God is truthful. 65  3:34 For the one whom God has sent 66  speaks the words of God, for he does not give the Spirit sparingly. 67  3:35 The Father loves the Son and has placed all things under his authority. 68  3:36 The one who believes in the Son has eternal life. The one who rejects 69  the Son will not see life, but God’s wrath 70  remains 71  on him.

Departure From Judea

4:1 Now when Jesus 72  knew that the Pharisees 73  had heard that he 74  was winning 75  and baptizing more disciples than John 4:2 (although Jesus himself was not baptizing, but his disciples were), 76  4:3 he left Judea and set out once more for Galilee. 77 

Conversation With a Samaritan Woman

4:4 But he had 78  to pass through Samaria. 79  4:5 Now he came to a Samaritan town 80  called Sychar, 81  near the plot of land that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 82  4:6 Jacob’s well was there, so Jesus, since he was tired from the journey, sat right down beside 83  the well. It was about noon. 84 

4:7 A Samaritan woman 85  came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me some water 86  to drink.” 4:8 (For his disciples had gone off into the town to buy supplies. 87 ) 88  4:9 So the Samaritan woman said to him, “How can you – a Jew 89 ask me, a Samaritan woman, for water 90  to drink?” (For Jews use nothing in common 91  with Samaritans.) 92 

4:10 Jesus answered 93  her, “If you had known 94  the gift of God and who it is who said to you, ‘Give me some water 95  to drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” 96  4:11 Sir,” 97  the woman 98  said to him, “you have no bucket and the well 99  is deep; where then do you get this 100  living water? 101  4:12 Surely you’re not greater than our ancestor 102  Jacob, are you? For he gave us this well and drank from it himself, along with his sons and his livestock.” 103 

4:13 Jesus replied, 104 Everyone who drinks some of this water will be thirsty 105  again. 4:14 But whoever drinks some of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again, 106  but the water that I will give him will become in him a fountain 107  of water springing up 108  to eternal life.” 4:15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw 109  water.” 110  4:16 He 111  said to her, “Go call your husband and come back here.” 112  4:17 The woman replied, 113 I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “Right you are when you said, 114 I have no husband,’ 115  4:18 for you have had five husbands, and the man you are living with 116  now is not your husband. This you said truthfully!

4:19 The woman said to him, “Sir, I see 117  that you are a prophet. 4:20 Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, 118  and you people 119  say that the place where people must worship is in Jerusalem.” 120  4:21 Jesus said to her, “Believe me, woman, 121  a time 122  is coming when you will worship 123  the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 4:22 You people 124  worship what you do not know. We worship what we know, because salvation is from the Jews. 125  4:23 But a time 126  is coming – and now is here 127  – when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks 128  such people to be 129  his worshipers. 130  4:24 God is spirit, 131  and the people who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” 4:25 The woman said to him, “I know that Messiah is coming(the one called Christ); 132  “whenever he 133  comes, he will tell 134  us everything.” 135  4:26 Jesus said to her, “I, the one speaking to you, am he.”

The Disciples Return

4:27 Now at that very moment his disciples came back. 136  They were shocked 137  because he was speaking 138  with a woman. However, no one said, “What do you want?” 139  or “Why are you speaking with her? 4:28 Then the woman left her water jar, went off into the town and said to the people, 140  4:29 Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Surely he can’t be the Messiah, 141  can he? 142  4:30 So 143  they left the town and began coming 144  to him.

Workers for the Harvest

4:31 Meanwhile the disciples were urging him, 145 Rabbi, eat something.” 146  4:32 But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about.” 4:33 So the disciples began to say 147  to one another, “No one brought him anything 148  to eat, did they? 149  4:34 Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of the one who sent me 150  and to complete 151  his work. 152  4:35 Don’t you say, 153 There are four more months and then comes the harvest?’ I tell you, look up 154  and see that the fields are already white 155  for harvest! 4:36 The one who reaps receives pay 156  and gathers fruit for eternal life, so that the one who sows and the one who reaps can rejoice together. 4:37 For in this instance the saying is true, 157 One sows and another reaps.’ 4:38 I sent you to reap what you did not work for; others have labored and you have entered into their labor.”

The Samaritans Respond

4:39 Now many Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the report of the woman who testified, 158 He told me everything I ever did.” 4:40 So when the Samaritans came to him, they began asking 159  him to stay with them. 160  He stayed there two days, 4:41 and because of his word many more 161  believed. 4:42 They said to the woman, “No longer do we believe because of your words, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this one 162  really is the Savior of the world.” 163 

Onward to Galilee

4:43 After the two days he departed from there to Galilee. 4:44 (For Jesus himself had testified that a prophet has no honor in his own country.) 164  4:45 So when he came to Galilee, the Galileans welcomed him because they had seen all the things he had done in Jerusalem 165  at the feast 166  (for they themselves had gone to the feast). 167 

Healing the Royal Official’s Son

4:46 Now he came again to Cana 168  in Galilee where he had made the water wine. 169  In 170  Capernaum 171  there was a certain royal official 172  whose son was sick. 4:47 When he heard that Jesus had come back from Judea to Galilee, he went to him and begged him 173  to come down and heal his son, who was about to die. 4:48 So Jesus said to him, “Unless you people 174  see signs and wonders you will never believe! 175  4:49 Sir,” the official said to him, “come down before my child dies.” 4:50 Jesus told him, “Go home; 176  your son will live.” The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him, and set off for home. 177 

4:51 While he was on his way down, 178  his slaves 179  met him and told him that his son was going to live. 4:52 So he asked them the time 180  when his condition began to improve, 181  and 182  they told him, “Yesterday at one o’clock in the afternoon 183  the fever left him.” 4:53 Then the father realized that it was the very time 184  Jesus had said to him, “Your son will live,” and he himself believed along with his entire household. 4:54 Jesus did this as his second miraculous sign 185  when he returned from Judea to Galilee.

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