New International Version

John 3:1-36

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.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

約翰福音 3:1-36

論重生

1有一個法利賽人名叫尼哥德慕,是猶太人的官。 2一天晚上,他來見耶穌,說:「老師,我們知道你是上帝差來教導人的,因為如果沒有上帝的同在,沒有人能行你所行的神蹟。」

3耶穌說:「我實實在在地告訴你,人若不重生3·3 重生」或譯「生自上面」,7節同。,就不能看見上帝的國。」

4尼哥德慕說:「人老了,怎能重生呢?難道要再進母腹生一次嗎?」

5耶穌說:「我實實在在地告訴你,人如果不是從水和聖靈生的,就不能進上帝的國。 6從肉體生的還是肉體,從聖靈生的才是靈。 7所以我說你們必須重生,你不要驚奇。 8風隨意吹動,你聽見它的聲音,卻不知道它從哪裡來,往哪裡去。凡從聖靈生的人也是這樣。」

9尼哥德慕又問:「這怎麼可能呢?」

10耶穌說:「你是以色列人的教師,還不明白這事嗎? 11我實實在在地告訴你,我們所說的是自己知道的,所見證的是自己見過的,可是你們不肯接受我們的見證。 12我對你們說地上的事,你們尚且不信,要是說天上的事,你們怎麼會信呢? 13除了從天上降下來的人子3·13 從天上降下來的人子」有古卷作:「從天降下、仍舊在天的人子」。以外,沒有人到過天上。 14摩西在曠野怎樣舉起銅蛇,人子也必照樣被舉起來, 15叫一切信祂的人都得到永生。

16「因為上帝愛世人,甚至將祂獨一的兒子賜給他們,叫一切信祂的人不致滅亡,反得永生。 17上帝差祂的兒子到世上來,不是要定世人的罪,而是要藉著祂的兒子拯救世人。 18信祂的人不會被定罪,不信的人已經被定罪,因為他們不信上帝獨一的兒子。 19光來到世上,世人因為自己的行為邪惡而不愛光,反愛黑暗,這就是他們被定罪的原因。 20作惡的人恨光,不肯接近光,恐怕他們的罪行暴露出來。 21但遵行真理的人喜歡接近光,好顯明他所做的是靠上帝做的。」

施洗者約翰論耶穌

22這事之後,耶穌和門徒前往猶太地區,在那裡住下來給人施洗。 23-24那時約翰還沒有入獄,他在靠近撒冷哀嫩也給人施洗。那裡水多,眾人都去受洗。 25約翰的門徒和一個猶太人為了潔淨的禮儀爭辯起來, 26於是門徒來見約翰,說:「老師,你看,以前在約旦河對岸和你在一起、你為祂做見證的那位在給人施洗,眾人都去祂那裡了!」

27約翰回答說:「除非是從天上賞賜下來的,否則人什麼都得不到。 28你們自己可以為我做見證,我說過我不是基督,我只是奉差在祂前面預備道路的。 29娶新娘的是新郎,站在旁邊的朋友聽見新郎的聲音,就會歡喜快樂。因此,我現在也心滿意足了。 30祂必興旺,我必衰微。

31「從天上來的,超越一切;從地上來的,屬於地,他所談論的也不外乎地上的事。那來自天上、超越萬物的, 32要把所見所聞講給人聽,只是沒有人接受祂的見證。 33但已經接受祂見證的人證實了上帝是真實的。 34上帝所差來的,說的是上帝的話,因為上帝將聖靈無限量地賜給祂。 35父愛子,已把萬物交在祂手裡。 36信子的人有永生;不信子的人得不到永生,上帝的烈怒常在他身上。」