Jesus Teaches Nicodemus
1Now there was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus who was a member of the Jewish ruling council. 2He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him.”
3Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.3:3 The Greek for again also means from above; also in verse 7.”
4“How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!”
5Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. 6Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit3:6 Or but spirit gives birth to spirit. 7You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You3:7 The Greek is plural. must be born again.’ 8The 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 Spirit.”3:8 The Greek for Spirit is the same as that for wind.
9“How can this be?” Nicodemus asked.
10“You are Israel’s teacher,” said Jesus, “and do you not understand these things? 11Very truly I tell you, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony. 12I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things? 13No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven—the Son of Man.3:13 Some manuscripts Man, who is in heaven 14Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up,3:14 The Greek for lifted up also means exalted. 15that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.”3:15 Some interpreters end the quotation with verse 21.
16For 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. 17For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. 19This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. 21But 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
22After this, Jesus and his disciples went out into the Judean countryside, where he spent some time with them, and baptized. 23Now John 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.) 25An argument developed between some of John’s disciples and a certain Jew over the matter of ceremonial washing. 26They 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—look, he is baptizing, and everyone is going to him.”
27To this John replied, “A person can receive only what is given them from heaven. 28You yourselves can testify that I said, ‘I am not the Messiah but am sent ahead of him.’ 29The 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. 30He must become greater; I must become less.”3:30 Some interpreters end the quotation with verse 36.
31The 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. 32He testifies to what he has seen and heard, but no one accepts his testimony. 33Whoever has accepted it has certified that God is truthful. 34For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God3:34 Greek he gives the Spirit without limit. 35The Father loves the Son and has placed everything in his hands. 36Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them.
Nikodemo Kɔ Yesu Nkyɛn
1Anadwo bi, ɔbarima bi a ɔyɛ Yudafo mpanyimfo no mu baako a wɔfrɛ no Nikodemo a ɔsan yɛ Farisini no, 2kɔɔ Yesu nkyɛn kɔka kyerɛɛ no se, “Kyerɛkyerɛfo, yenim sɛ Onyankopɔn na ɔsomaa wo, efisɛ obiara ntumi nyɛ nsɛnkyerɛnne a woyɛ yi gye sɛ Onyankopɔn ka ne ho.”
3Yesu buaa no se, “Merema woate ase sɛ, sɛ wɔanwo wo foforo a worentumi nkɔ Onyankopɔn ahenni no mu.”
4Nikodemo bisaa no se, “Ɛbɛyɛ dɛn na me abasiriwa yi betumi akɔ me na yam ama wawo me bio?”
5Yesu nso buaa no se, “Mereka nokware akyerɛ wo se sɛ wɔamfi nsu ne Honhom mu anwo obi a, ɔrentumi nkɔ Onyankopɔn ahenni no mu. 6Nea wofi ɔhonam mu awo no no yɛ ɔhonam na nea wofi Honhom mu awo no no yɛ honhom. 7Mma ɛnyɛ wo nwonwa sɛ maka se ɛsɛ sɛ wɔwo wo foforo! 8Sɛnea wote mframa nka, nanso wuntumi nkyerɛ faako a efi ba ne faako a ɛbɔ kɔ no, saa ara na Honhom mu awo no nso te.”
9Nikodemo bisaa no se, “Ɛbɛyɛ dɛn na eyi aba mu?”
10Yesu buaa no se, “Wo, ɔkyerɛkyerɛfo a wudi mu wɔ Israel na wonte eyi ase? 11Nea yenim ne nea yɛahu na yɛreka akyerɛ mo yi, nanso munnye yɛn nni. 12Sɛ meka asase yi so nsɛm kyerɛ mo na munnye nni a, ɛbɛyɛ dɛn na sɛ meka ɔsoro nsɛm kyerɛ mo a mubegye adi? 13Obiara nkɔɔ ɔsoro da agye nea ofi ɔsoro bae no—Onipa Ba no. 14Sɛnea Mose maa ɔwɔ sɛso a wɔde kɔbere ayɛ no so sɛn dua so wɔ sare so no, saa ara na me nso wɔbɛma me so, 15na obiara a ogye me di no benya nkwa a enni awiei.
16“Na sɛnea Onyankopɔn dɔɔ wiase ni, sɛ ɔde ne Ba a ɔwoo no koro no mae, na obiara a ogye no di no nyera na wanya nkwa a enni awiei. 17Onyankopɔn ansoma ne Ba amma wiase sɛ ommebu wiase atɛn, na mmom ɔsomaa no se ommegye wiase nkwa. 18Obiara a ogye ɔba no di no, wɔremmu no atɛn; na nea onnye no nni no, wɔabu no atɛn dedaw, efisɛ wannye Onyankopɔn Ba koro no anni. 19Nea Onyankopɔn gyina so bu atɛn ne sɛ: Hann no aba wiase nanso nnipa ani gye sum ho sen Hann no, efisɛ wɔn nneyɛe nyinaa yɛ bɔne. 20Ɔdebɔneyɛni biara mpɛ Hann no, na ɔremmɛn Hann no, efisɛ osuro sɛ ne nneyɛe bɔne no bɛda adi. 21Na nea ɔyɛ Onyame apɛde no ba Hann no mu na obiara ahu sɛ ɔyɛ Onyame apɛde.”
Yohane Di Yesu Ho Adanse Bio
22Eyi akyi no Yesu ne nʼasuafo no fii Yerusalem kɔɔ Yudea akuraa bi ase kɔtenaa hɔ kakra bɔɔ asu wɔ hɔ. 23Saa bere no ara na Yohane nso rebɔ asu wɔ Ainon a ɛbɛn Salim, efisɛ na nsuwansuwa wɔ hɔ. Nnipa pii baa ne nkyɛn ma ɔbɔɔ wɔn asu. 24Saa bere no na wɔmfaa Yohane ntoo afiase ɛ. 25Da bi, Yohane akyidifo bi ne Yudani bi gyee akyinnye faa ahodwira ho. 26Enti asuafo no kɔɔ Yohane nkyɛn kɔka kyerɛɛ no se, “Kyerɛkyerɛfo, ɔbarima bi a na ɔwɔ wo nkyɛn wɔ Yordan fa nohɔ no a wudii ne ho adanse no nso rebɔ asu na nnipa pii rekɔ ne nkyɛn.”
27Yohane buae se, “Obi rentumi nni dwuma a ɛte saa gye sɛ Onyame ka ne ho. 28Mo ara mudi me adanse sɛ meka kyerɛɛ mo se, ‘Ɛnyɛ me ne Kristo no na mmom wɔasoma me adi nʼanim kan.’ 29Adamfo a ɔboa ayeforokunu no wɛn nʼaso twɛn no na sɛ ɔte ne nne a, nʼani gye. Ɛno nti na mʼanigye wie pɛyɛ no. 30Ɛsɛ sɛ ɔyɛ ɔkɛse na me nso meyɛ ɔketewa.
31“Nea ofi ɔsoro aba no yɛ ɔkɛse sen obiara; Nea ofi asase so no yɛ wiaseni na ɔkasa sɛ wiaseni. 32Ɔsoroni no ka nea wahu ne nea wate, nanso obiara nnye no nni. 33Wɔn a wogye no di no di adanse sɛ, Onyankopɔn yɛ ɔnokwafo. 34Nea Onyankopɔn asoma no no ka Onyankopɔn asɛm, efisɛ Onyankopɔn de ne Honhom ahyɛ no ma. 35Agya no dɔ ne Ba no nti ɔde biribiara so tumi ahyɛ ne nsa. 36Nea ogye Ɔba no di no benya nkwa a ɛnsa da, na nea onnye no nni no rennya nkwa a ɛnsa da, na mmom Onyankopɔn asotwe da no so.”