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.
Yesu Aphunzitsa Nekodimo za Kubadwa Kwatsopano
1Ndipo panali Mfarisi wotchedwa Nekodimo, wa mʼgulu lolamulira la Ayuda. 2Iye anabwera kwa Yesu usiku ndipo anati, “Rabi, ife tikudziwa kuti ndinu aphunzitsi wochokera kwa Mulungu, pakuti palibe amene angachite zizindikiro zodabwitsa zimene Inu mukuchita ngati Mulungu sali naye.”
3Poyankha Yesu ananena kuti, “Zoonadi, Ine ndikukuwuza kuti, ngati munthu sabadwanso mwatsopano sangathe kuona ufumu wa Mulungu.”
4Nekodimo anati, “Kodi munthu angabadwenso bwanji atakalamba? Kodi angalowe kachiwiri mʼmimba ya amayi ake kuti abadwenso?”
5Yesu anayankha kuti, “Zoonadi, Ine ndikukuwuza kuti ngati munthu sabadwa mwa madzi ndi Mzimu Woyera, sangalowe mu ufumu wa Mulungu. 6Thupi limabereka thupi, koma Mzimu amabereka mzimu. 7Iwe usadabwe chifukwa ndakuwuza kuti, ‘Uyenera kubadwanso.’ 8Mphepo imawomba kulikonse kumene ikufuna. Ungathe kumva kuwomba kwake, koma sungathe kudziwa kumene ikuchokera kapena kumene ikupita. Nʼchimodzimodzi ndi amene abadwa ndi Mzimu Woyera.”
9Nekodimo anafunsa kuti, “Kodi izi zingatheke bwanji?”
10Yesu anati, “Iwe mphunzitsi wa Israeli, kodi sukuzindikira zimenezi? 11Zoonadi, Ine ndikukuwuza kuti ife tiyankhula zimene tikuzidziwa ndi kuchitira umboni zimene taziona, komabe inu simuvomereza umboni wathu. 12Ine ndikuyankhula kwa iwe zinthu za dziko lapansi ndipo sukukhulupirira. Nanga kodi udzakhulupirira bwanji ngati nditayankhula zinthu zakumwamba? 13Palibe wina aliyense anapita kumwamba, koma yekhayo amene watsika kuchokera kumwamba, Mwana wa Munthu. 14Tsono monga Mose anapachika njoka mʼchipululu, moteronso Mwana wa Munthu ayenera kupachikidwa, 15kuti aliyense amene akhulupirira Iye akhale ndi moyo wosatha.
16“Pakuti Mulungu anakonda dziko lapansi, kotero anapereka Mwana wake wobadwa yekha, kuti aliyense wokhulupirira Iye asatayike koma akhale ndi moyo wosatha. 17Pakuti Mulungu sanatume Mwana wake ku dziko lapansi, kuti akaweruze, koma kuti akapulumutse dziko lapansi. 18Aliyense wokhulupirira Iye saweruzidwa, koma aliyense wosakhulupirira waweruzidwa kale chifukwa sanakhulupirire dzina la Mwana wobadwa yekha wa Mulungu. 19Ndipo chiweruzo ndi ichi: kuwunika kunabwera mʼdziko lapansi, koma anthu anakonda mdima mʼmalo mwa kuwunikako, chifukwa ntchito zawo zinali zoyipa. 20Aliyense wochita zoyipa amadana ndi kuwunika, ndipo sabwera poyera chifukwa cha mantha kuti ntchito zake zingaonekere. 21Koma aliyense wokhala mu choonadi amabwera ku kuwunika, kuti zionekere poyera zimene iye wachita zachitika kudzera mwa Mulungu.”
Yohane Mʼbatizi Achita Umboni za Yesu
22Zitatha izi, Yesu ndi ophunzira ake anapita mʼmadera a ku midzi ya ku Yudeya, kumene Iye anakhala kanthawi akubatiza. 23Ndipo Yohane amabatizanso ku Ainoni kufupi ndi Salimu, chifukwa kumeneko kunali madzi ambiri ndipo anthu amabwererabwererabe kudzabatizidwa. 24(Apa nʼkuti Yohane asanatsekeredwe mʼndende). 25Mkangano unabuka pakati pa ophunzira ena a Yohane ndi Ayuda ena pa zamwambo wodziyeretsa wa Ayuda. 26Iwo anabwera kwa Yohane anati, “Rabi, munthu uja munali naye mbali inayo ya mu mtsinje wa Yorodani, amene munamuchitira umboni, taonani naye akubatizanso, ndipo aliyense akupita kwa Iye.”
27Atamva zimenezi, Yohane anayankha kuti, “Munthu amalandira chokhacho chapatsidwa kwa iye kuchokera kumwamba. 28Inuyo ndinu mboni zanga kuti ine ndinati, ‘Ine sindine Khristu koma ndatumidwa patsogolo pa Iye.’ 29Mwini wake wa mkwatibwi ndi mkwati. Ndipo bwenzi lamkwati limadikira ndi kumvetsera iye, ndipo amakondwa akamva mawu a mkwatiyo. Ine changa ndi chimwemwe ndipo ndine wosangalala kwambiri. 30Nʼkoyenera kuti Iyeyo akule, ine ndichepe.
31“Iye wochokera kumwamba ndi wapamwamba pa onse: iye wochokera mʼdziko lapansi ndi wa dziko lapansi, ndipo amayankhula monga mmodzi wa adziko lapansi. Iye wochokera kumwamba ndi wopambana onse. 32Iye achita umboni pa zimene waziona ndi kuzimva, koma palibe avomereza umboni wake. 33Munthu amene amawulandira akutsimikizira kuti Mulungu ndi woona. 34Pakuti amene Mulungu wamutuma amayankhula mawu a Mulungu; Mulungu wamupatsa Mzimu Woyera mopanda malire. 35Atate amakonda Mwana ndipo apereka zonse mʼmanja mwake. 36Aliyense wokhulupirira Mwanayo ali ndi moyo wosatha, koma iye amene samvera Mwanayo sadzawuona moyo, pakuti mkwiyo wa Mulungu umakhala pa iye.”