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Christ teacheth Nicodemus. Chap. iii.
ten, a The zeal of thine house
19 Jesus answered, and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.
20 Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days?
24 But he spake of the temple of his body.
22 When, therefore, he was risen from the dead his disciples remembered, that he had said this unto them; and they believed the scripture, and the word which Jesus had said.
23¶ Now, when he was in Jerusalem at the passover, in the feast-day, many believed in his name, when they saw the miracles which he did.
24. But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men ;
CHAP. III. 1 Christ teacheth Nicodemus the necessity of regeneration. 18 Condemnation for unbelief.
THERE was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:
Of regeneration, &c.
2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God; for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.
25 And needed not that
should testify of man; for he is born of the Spirit. knew what was in man.
a It was written in Ps. Ixix. 9.
3 Jesus answered, and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.
4 Nicodemus saith 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?
5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
8 The wind bloweth where it listeth,a and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth; so is every one that
9 Nicodemus answered, and said unto him, How can these things be?
10 Jesus answered, and said unto him, Art thou a masterb of Israel, and knowest not these things?
11 Verily, verily I say unto thee, We speak that we de
a Listeth, pleaseth.
b Master, here means teacher.
God's love to the world. S. John. know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness.
12 If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe if I tell you of heavenly things?
13 And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man, which is in heaven.
14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up;
15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
18 He that believeth on him is not condemned; but he that believeth not, is condemned already; because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
John's doctrine of Christ.
deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God. After these things came Jesus and his disciples into the land of Judea; and there he tarried with them, and baptized.
20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his
23 And John also was baptizing in Enon, near to Salim, because there was much water there; and they came, and were baptized:
24 For John was not yet cast into prison.
25 .Then there arose a
question between some of John's disciples and the Jews about purifying.
26 And they came unto John, and said unto him, Rabbi, he that was with thee beyond Jordan, to whom thou barest witness, behold the same baptizeth, and all men come to him.
27 John answered, and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven.
28 Ye yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but that I am sent before him.
29 He that hath the bride is the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom's voice. This my joy, therefore, is fulfilled.
30 He must increase, but I must decrease.
31 He that cometh from above is above all; he that is of
Christ talketh with the
the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth; he that cometh from heaven is above all.
32 And what he hath seen and heard, that he testifieth; and no man receiveth his testimony.
33 He that hath received his testimony, hath set to his seal that God is true.
34 For he whom God hath sent, speaketh the words of God; for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him.
35 The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand.
woman of Samaria, Jesus, therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well; and it was about the sixth hour.b
7 There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water. Jesus saith unto her, give me to drink.
8 (For his disciples were gone away unto the city to buy meat.)
9 Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans.c
How God is
himself, and his children, and his cattle?
13 Jesus answered, and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: 14 But whosoever drinketh of the water, that I shall give him, shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him, shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
15 The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw.
16 Jesus saith unto her,Go,call thy husband, and come hither.
17 The woman answered, & said, I have no husband. Jesus said unto her, Thou hast well said, I have no husband:
18 For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband; in that saidst thou truly.
19 The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet.
20 Our fathers worshipped in this mountain;d and ye say, That in Jerusalem is the place, where men ought to worship.
21 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father.
to be worshipped.
22 Ye worship ye know not what;e we know what we worship; for salvation is of the Jews.f
23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth; for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
d Our fathers worshipped in this The Samaritans, though originally heathen colonies, pretended to be the descendants of Jacob; the wonan therefore doubtless refers to Abraham and Jacob, who erected altors for sacrificing on mount Gerizim.
24 God is a Spirit; and they that worship him, must worship him in spirit and in truth.
25 The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ; when he is come he will tell us all things.
26 Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he.
27 ¶ And upon this came his disciples, and marvelled that he talked with the woman; yet no man said, What seekest thou? or, Why talkest thou with her?
33 Therefore said the disciples one to another, Hath any man brought him ought to eat?
34 Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.
35 Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, & look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.
36 And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal; that both he that soweth, and he that reapeth, may rejoice together.
37 And herein is that saying true, One soweth, and another reapeth.
38 I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour; other men laboured, and ye are entered into their labours.
39¶ And many of the Samaritans of that city believed on him for the saying of the woman, which testified, He told me all that ever I did.
40 So when the Samaritans were come unto him, they besought him, that he would tarry with them; and he abode there two days.
41 And many more believed because of his own word;
believe on Christ.
42 And said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying; for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world.
43 Now after two days, he departed thence, and went into Galilee:
44 For Jesus himself testified, that a prophet hath no honour in his own country.
45 Then, when he was come into Galilee, the Galileans received him, having seen all the things, that he did at Jerusalem at the feast; for they also went unto the feast.
46 So Jesus came again into Cana of Galilee, where he made the water wine. And there was a certain nobleman, whose son was sick at Capernaum.
47 When he heard that Jesus was come out of Judea into Galilee, he went unto him, and besought him, that he would come down and heal his son; for he was at the point of death.
48 Then said Jesus unto him, Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe.
49 The nobleman saith unto him, Sir, come down ere my child die.