5 "Again, truthfully I tell you," replied Jesus, "that unless a manperson is born of water and the Spirit, he (or she) cannot enter the Kingdom of God.
6 Whatever is born of the fleshwoman is fleshof the body, and whatever is born of the Spirit is spirit.
7 Do not be astonished at my telling you, `You must all be born anewagain.'
8 The wind blows wherewherever it chooses; and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it is going. So is it withAnd in the same way everyone who has been born of the Spirit is moved by the Spirit."
17 For God did not send His Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.
18 He who believes in Him does not come up for judgementBelievers in Him do not come under condemnation: He who does not believe haswhile those who do not believe have already received their sentence, because he has not believedof lack of belief in the nameperson of God's only Son.
19 AndThen this is the test by which men are judgedjudgment process − that the Light has come into the world, and menpeople have loved the darkness rather than the Light, because their deeds have been wickedevil.
20 For every wrongdoer hates the Light, and does not come into itthe Light, for fear his/her actions should be exposed.
25 SoAt that time, a discussion having arisen on the part of John's disciples had a serious discussion with a JewJudean partisan about purification,
26 and they came to John and reported to himwith the report, "Rabbi, hethe one who was with you on the other side of the Jordan, and toabout whom you bore testimony is now baptizing, and great numbers ofmany people are resortingturning to him."
27 "A man cannot obtaingain anything," replied John, "unless it has been granted togiven him from Heaven.
28 You yourselves can bear witness to my havingwere there when I said, `I am not the Christ,' but, `I am His appointedacknowledged forerunner.'
29 He who hasis with the bride is the bridegroom; andeven so, the bridegroom's friend who stands expectantly by his side and listens to him, rejoices heartilygreatlyonuponaccount ofhearing the bridegroom's voice. This isIn this my joy is now complete.
30 He must grow greaterHis work must increase, but I must grow lessand mine must decrease.
31 He who comes from above is above all. He who springscomes from the earth not only springs from the earth, but speaks of the earth. He who comes from heaven is above all.
32 What He has seen and heard, to that He bears witnessgives testimony; but His evidence no one accepts.
33 AnyAllman who has accepted His testimony hashavesolemnly declaredset their seal on the declaration that God is true.
34 ForHe is the One whom God has sent and speaks God's words; for God does not give the Spirit in sparingsmall measure."
35 The Father loves the Son and has entrustedplaced everything into His hands.
36 HeThose who believe in the Son hashave eternal Life; hethose who does not believe the Son will not seeexperience that Life, but bear the brunt of God's anger remains upon him.
The Updated Modernity Version (Parallel, Annotated) John 3Edit
THE NEW TESTAMENT
Gospel of JOHN
Updated King James Version
Greek Word Pictures
The Updated Modernity Version
3:1 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:
Now [transitional] δε (1161)
1 Now there was one of the Pharisees whose name was Nicodemus−a ruler among the Judeans.
Transition to a trustworthy
Nicodemus: victorious of his people
3:2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that you do, except God be with him.
can go on doing δυναται ποιειν (4160)
2 He came to Jesus at night and said, "Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God; for no one can perform these signs as you have been doing, unless God is with him.
Teaching: accredited by God
3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
be born from above γεννηθη ανωθεν (509)
3 "In all truthfulness, I tell you," answered Jesus, "that unless a person is born again he (or she) cannot see the Kingdom of God."
inquirer from the ruling
3:4 Nicodemus says unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?
aged being γερων (1088) ων
4 "How is it possible," Nicodemus asked, "for a man to be born when he is old? Can he enter his mother's womb the second time and be born again?"
Proselytize a Judean
official: unheard of
3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, (o. pneuma) he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
of water εξ υδατος (5204)
5 "Again, truthfully I tell you," replied Jesus, "that unless a person is born of water and the Spirit, he (or she) cannot enter the Kingdom of God.
physical birth: breaking of water
3:6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit (o. pneuma) is spirit. (o. pneuma)
of the flesh εκ της σαρκος (4561)
6 Whatever is born of woman is of the body, and whatever is born of the Spirit is spirit.
The gender issue
3:7 Marvel not that I said unto you, All of you must be born again.
not begin to wonder μη θαυμασης (2296)
7 Do not be astonished at my telling you, `You must all be born again.'
All are uninitiated.
3:8 The wind (o. pneuma) blows where it decides, and you hear the sound thereof, but can not tell whence it comes, and where it goes: so is every one that is born of the Spirit. (o. pneuma)
sound φωνην (5456)
8 The wind blows wherever it chooses; you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it is going. And in the same way everyone who has been born of the Spirit is moved by the Spirit."
spiritual birth: spirit-driven
3:9 Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be?
How? Πως (4459)
9 "Still, how is all this possible?" asked Nicodemus.
Mind, body, and spiritual exercise
3:10 Jesus answered and said unto him, Are you a master of Israel, and know not these things?
teacher of the Israel διδασκαλος του Ισραηλ
10 Jesus answered, saying, "Are you ’the Teacher of Israel,' and yet you do not understand these principles?
(COPTIC COMMENTS) AR. IHCanswered saying (1:50)
3:11 Verily, verily, I say unto you, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and all of you receive not our witness.
we tell λαλουμεν (2980)
11 In all truthfulness, I tell you that we speak what we know, and give evidence concerning what we have witnessed, and yet, all of you reject our testimony.
And yet, Pharisees expected
Messiah and resurrection of the dead.
3:12 If I have told you earthly things, and all of you believe not, how shall all of you believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?
the celestial [things] τα επουρανια (2032)
12 If I have told you of such things on earth and none of you believe me, how will you believe me if I tell you of heavenly things?
3:23 And John also was baptizing in Aenon near to Salim, because there was much water there: and they came, and were baptized.
waters many υδατα (5204) πολλα
23 And John too was baptizing at Aenon, near Salim, because there were many pools of water there; and a long procession of people came and received baptism.
M.L.B. (Berkeley) reads
"a continual stream of people came."
3:24 For John was not yet cast into prison.
the prison τηνπυλακην (5438)
24 (For John the Baptist had not yet been thrown into prison.)
Josephus: prison was Machaerus castle −
east of Dead Sea.
3:25 Then there arose a question between some of John's disciples and the Jews about purifying.
in-depth dispute ζητησις (2214)
25 At that time, John's disciples had a serious discussion with a Judean partisan about purification,
process of inquiry: a wash
3:26 And they came unto John, and said unto him, Rabbi, he that was with you beyond Jordan, to whom you bare witness, behold, the same baptizes, and all men come to him.
forward to the John προς (4314) τον Ιωαννην
26 and they came to John with the report, "Rabbi, the one who was with you on the other side of the Jordan, about whom you bore testimony is now baptizing, and many people are turning to Him."
3:27 John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven.
unless it given εαν μη η δεδομενον(1325)
27 "A man cannot gain anything," replied John, "unless it has been given him from Heaven.
3:28 All of you yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but that I am sent before him.
before that one εμπροσθεν(1715)εκεινου
28 You were there when I said, `I am not the Christ,' but, `I am His acknowledged forerunner (1).'
(1) MT. 11:10-14
3:29 He that has the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which stands and hears him, rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom's voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled.
with joy rejoices χαρα χαιρει (5463)
29 He who is with the bride is the bridegroom; even so, the bridegroom's friend who stands expectantly by his side, rejoices greatly upon hearing the bridegroom's voice. In this my joy is now complete.
3:30 He must increase, but I must decrease.
must go on growing δει αυξανειν (837)
30 His work must increase, and mine must decrease.
As dawn yields to the
rising Sun. MAL. 4:1-6
3:31 He that comes from above is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaks of the earth: he that comes from heaven is above all.
above all is επανω παντων εστιν
31 He who comes from above is above. He who comes from the earth not only springs from the earth, but speaks of the earth. He who comes from heaven is above all.
3:32 And what he has seen and heard, that he testifies; and no man receives his testimony.
no one receives ουδεις λαμβανει (2983)
32 What He has seen and heard, to that He gives testimony; but His evidence no one accepts.
3:33 He that has received his testimony has set to his seal that God is true.
hath set his seal εσφραγισεν (4972)
33 All who accept His testimony have set their seal on the declaration that God is true.
Declaration of dependence:
in God’s Good Graces
3:34 For he whom God has sent speaks the words (o. rhema) of God: for God gives not the Spirit (o. pneuma) by measure unto him.
by measure εκ μετρου (3358)
34 He is the One whom God has sent and speaks God's words; for God does not give the Spirit in small measure."
3:35 The Father loves the Son, and has given all things into his hand.
into the hand his εν τη χειρι (5495) αυτου
35 The Father loves the Son and has placed everything in His hands.
3:36 He that believes on the Son has everlasting life: and he that believes not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abides on him.
one who disbelieves ο απειθων (544)
36 Anyone who believes in the Son has eternal Life; but the one who does not believe the Son will not experience that Life, but bear the brunt of God's anger.
brunt Old ENG. brunetha or
heat of passion = GR. orge = anger