1. And there was a person from the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. 2. This man came to him at night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God, for no one is able to do these signs which you are doing, if God is not with him.” 3. Jesus replied and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, if anyone is not born from above, he is not able to see the Kingdom of God.” 4. Nicodemus said to him, “How is a person able to be born again, being an old man? Is he not able to enter the womb of his mother a second time and be born again?” 5. Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, if someone is not born from water and spirit, he is not able to enter the Kingdom of God. 6. What has born from flesh is flesh, and what has born from spirit is spirit. 7. Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘you must be born from above.’ 8. The wind blows where it wants and you hear its noise, but you do not know where it comes from and where it is going. This is the same for the one who is born from spirit.” 9. Nicodemus answered and said to him, “How can these things be?” 10. Jesus answered and said to him, “You are the teacher of Israel and you do not know these things?”
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1. And there was a man, a Pharisee and authority in the Sanhedrin, named Nicodemus. 2. This man came to Jesus by the cover of night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come directly from God, for no one can perform the miracles that you are performing, unless God is with him. 3. Jesus replied by saying to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you: no one who is not begotten from above and from God can see or participate in the Kingdom of God.” 4. Nicodemus asked him, “How could a grown man possibly be born again? How is it possible for him to enter his mother’s womb a second time and be born again?” 5. Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you: unless someone is begotten from water and Spirit, and is spiritually renewed, he will enter the Kingdom of God, 6. for what has been born from flesh remains merely flesh, but what has been born Spirit remains Spirit. 7. Do not be astonished when I tell you that you must be begotten from above. 8. As the wind blows wherever it wants and, despite not knowing where it comes from or where it is going, you hear it and see its effects, so you hear and see the effects of those who are begotten from Spirit.” 9. Nicodemus responded by asking, “How can this be possible?” 10. Jesus answered, “How is possible that despite you being the teacher of Israel you do not know these things?”
60. Then, after many of his disciples heard this, they said, “This word is hard, who is able to understand?” 61. But Jesus, knowing in himself that his disciples were complaining about this, he said to them, “Does this offend you? 62. Then what if you see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before? 63. It is the Spirit that gives life; the flesh is not helpful at all. The words that I have said to you are spirit and life. 64. But there are some from you who do not believe.” For Jesus knew from the beginning who were the ones who did not believe and who was the one who would betray him. 65. And he said, “Therefore, I have told you this, that no one is able to come to me if they have not been given from the Father.” 66. Because of this, many from his disciples turned back and no longer went with him. 67. Then Jesus said to the twelve, “Do you not also want to leave?” 68. Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom will we follow? You have words of eternal life, 69. and we have come to believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.” 70. Jesus answered them, “Did I not choose you, the twelve? Yet of you one is a devil.” 71. He was speaking about Judas, son of Simon Iscariot, for he was going to give him up, even though he was one of the twelve.
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60. Then, after many of his disciples heard this, they asked, “Who could possibly be able to accept this difficult teaching?” 61. But Jesus, knowing within himself that his disciples were discontent and were complaining about this, he asked them, “Are you insulted by what I say and cannot understand it? 62. Therefore will you not be even more insulted when the Son of Man is ascending to where he was before? 63. For it is the Spirit that gives life, while weak humanity is not at all helpful. 64. Yet amongst you there are still some who do not believe.” For Jesus knew from the very beginning who did not believe, and who would be the one to betray him, 65. and said, “Therefore, I have told you this – that no one can come to me unless the Father has presented them to me.” 66. Because of what Jesus said, many of his disciples turned away, departing from him, no longer to follow him anymore. 67. Jesus then said to the twelve, “Do you not also want to leave me?” 68. But Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, where else could we go, and who else could we follow? You have words of eternal life, 69. and we have come to believe and know for sure that you are the Holy One of God.” 70. However, Jesus responded to them by saying, “Was it not I who chose you twelve to know such things? Yet one of you is a devil.” 71. He was speaking about Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, for Judas, despite being one of the chosen twelve, was going to give him up.