And there was a man of the Pharisees, Nicodemus his name, a ruler of the Jews,
this one came unto him by night, and said to him, `Rabbi, we have known that from God thou hast come -- a teacher, for no one these signs is able to do that thou dost, if God may not be with him.'
Jesus answered and said to him, `Verily, verily, I say to thee, If any one may not be born from above, he is not able to see the reign of God;'
Nicodemus saith unto him, `How is a man able to be born, being old? is he able into the womb of his mother a second time to enter, and to be born?'
Jesus answered, `Verily, verily, I say to thee, If any one may not be born of water, and the Spirit, he is not able to enter into the reign of God;
that which hath been born of the flesh is flesh, and that which hath been born of the Spirit is spirit.
`Thou mayest not wonder that I said to thee, It behoveth you to be born from above;
the Spirit where he willeth doth blow, and his voice thou dost hear, but thou hast not known whence he cometh, and whither he goeth; thus is every one who hath been born of the Spirit.'
Nicodemus answered and said to him, `How are these things able to happen?'
Jesus answered and said to him, `Thou art the teacher of Israel -- and these things thou dost not know!
`Verily, verily, I say to thee -- What we have known we speak, and what we have seen we testify, and our testimony ye do not receive;
if the earthly things I said to you, and ye do not believe, how, if I shall say to you the heavenly things, will ye believe?
and no one hath gone up to the heaven, except he who out of the heaven came down -- the Son of Man who is in the heaven.
`And as Moses did lift up the serpent in the wilderness, so it behoveth the Son of Man to be lifted up,
that every one who is believing in him may not perish, but may have life age-during,
for God did so love the world, that His Son -- the only begotten -- He gave, that every one who is believing in him may not perish, but may have life age-during.
For God did not send His Son to the world that he may judge the world, but that the world may be saved through him;
he who is believing in him is not judged, but he who is not believing hath been judged already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
`And this is the judgment, that the light hath come to the world, and men did love the darkness rather than the light, for their works were evil;
for every one who is doing wicked things hateth the light, and doth not come unto the light, that his works may not be detected;
but he who is doing the truth doth come to the light, that his works may be manifested, that in God they are having been wrought.'
After these things came Jesus and his disciples to the land of Judea, and there he did tarry with them, and was baptizing;
and John was also baptizing in Aenon, nigh to Salem, because there were many waters there, and they were coming and were being baptized --
for John was not yet cast into the prison --
there arose then a question from the disciples of John with [some] Jews about purifying,
and they came unto John, and said to him, `Rabbi, he who was with thee beyond the Jordan, to whom thou didst testify, lo, this one is baptizing, and all are coming unto him.'
John answered and said, `A man is not able to receive anything, if it may not have been given him from the heaven;
ye yourselves do testify to me that I said, I am not the Christ, but, that I am having been sent before him;
he who is having the bride is bridegroom, and the friend of the bridegroom, who is standing and hearing him, with joy doth rejoice because of the voice of the bridegroom; this, then, my joy hath been fulfilled.
`Him it behoveth to increase, and me to become less;
he who from above is coming is above all; he who is from the earth, from the earth he is, and from the earth he speaketh; he who from the heaven is coming is above all.
`And what he hath seen and heard this he doth testify, and his testimony none receiveth;
he who is receiving his testimony did seal that God is true;
for he whom God sent, the sayings of God he speaketh; for not by measure doth God give the Spirit;
the Father doth love the Son, and all things hath given into his hand;
he who is believing in the Son, hath life age-during; and he who is not believing the Son, shall not see life, but the wrath of God doth remain upon him.'
When therefore the Lord knew that the Pharisees heard that Jesus more disciples doth make and baptize than John,
(though indeed Jesus himself was not baptizing, but his disciples,)
he left Judea and went away again to Galilee,
and it was behoving him to go through Samaria.
He cometh, therefore, to a city of Samaria, called Sychar, near to the place that Jacob gave to Joseph his son;
and there was there a well of Jacob. Jesus therefore having been weary from the journeying, was sitting thus on the well; it was as it were the sixth hour;
there cometh a woman out of Samaria to draw water. Jesus saith to her, `Give me to drink;'
for his disciples were gone away to the city, that they may buy victuals;
the Samaritan woman therefore saith to him, `How dost thou, being a Jew, ask drink from me, being a Samaritan woman?' for Jews have no dealing with Samaritans.
Jesus answered and said to her, `If thou hadst known the gift of God, and who it is who is saying to thee, Give me to drink, thou wouldest have asked him, and he would have given thee living water.'
The woman saith to him, `Sir, thou hast not even a vessel to draw with, and the well is deep; whence, then, hast thou the living water?
Art thou greater than our father Jacob, who did give us the well, and himself out of it did drink, and his sons, and his cattle?'
Jesus answered and said to her, `Every one who is drinking of this water shall thirst again;
but whoever may drink of the water that I will give him, may not thirst -- to the age; and the water that I will give him shall become in him a well of water, springing up to life age-during.'
The woman saith unto him, `Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come hither to draw.'
Jesus saith to her, `Go, call thy husband, and come hither;'
the woman answered and said, `I have not a husband.' Jesus saith to her, `Well didst thou say -- A husband I have not;
for five husbands thou hast had, and, now, he whom thou hast is not thy husband; this hast thou said truly.'
The woman saith to him, `Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet;
our fathers in this mountain did worship, and ye -- ye say that in Jerusalem is the place where it behoveth to worship.'
Jesus saith to her, `Woman, believe me, that there doth come an hour, when neither in this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, shall ye worship the Father;
ye worship what ye have not known; we worship what we have known, because the salvation is of the Jews;
but, there cometh an hour, and it now is, when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father also doth seek such to worship him;
God [is] a Spirit, and those worshipping Him, in spirit and truth it doth behove to worship.'
The woman saith to him, `I have known that Messiah doth come, who is called Christ, when that one may come, he will tell us all things;'
Jesus saith to her, `I am [he], who am speaking to thee.'
And upon this came his disciples, and were wondering that with a woman he was speaking, no one, however, said, `What seekest thou?' or `Why speakest thou with her?'
The woman then left her water-jug, and went away to the city, and saith to the men,
`Come, see a man, who told me all things -- as many as I did; is this the Christ?'
They went forth therefore out of the city, and were coming unto him.
And in the meanwhile his disciples were asking him, saying, `Rabbi, eat;'
and he said to them, `I have food to eat that ye have not known.'
The disciples then said one to another, `Did any one bring him anything to eat?'
Jesus saith to them, `My food is, that I may do the will of Him who sent me, and may finish His work;
do not say that it is yet four months, and the harvest cometh; lo, I say to you, Lift up your eyes, and see the fields, that they are white unto harvest already.
`And he who is reaping doth receive a reward, and doth gather fruit to life age-during, that both he who is sowing and he who is reaping may rejoice together;
for in this the saying is the true one, that one is the sower and another the reaper.
I sent you to reap that on which ye have not laboured; others laboured, and ye into their labour have entered.
And from that city many believed in him, of the Samaritans, because of the word of the woman testifying, -- `He told me all things -- as many as I did.'
When, then, the Samaritans came unto him, they were asking him to remain with them, and he remained there two days;
and many more did believe because of his word,
and said to the woman -- `No more because of thy speaking do we believe; for we ourselves have heard and known that this is truly the Saviour of the world -- the Christ.'
And after the two days he went forth thence, and went away to Galilee,
for Jesus himself testified that a prophet in his own country shall not have honour;
when then, he came to Galilee, the Galileans received him, having seen all things that he did in Jerusalem in the feast -- for they also went to the feast.
Jesus came, therefore, again to Cana of Galilee, where he made the water wine, and there was a certain courtier, whose son was ailing in Capernaum,
he, having heard that Jesus is come out of Judea to Galilee, went away unto him, and was asking him that he may come down and may heal his son, for he was about to die.
Jesus then said unto him, `If signs and wonders ye may not see, ye will not believe.'
The courtier saith unto him, `Sir, come down before my child die;'
Jesus saith to him, `Be going on; thy son doth live.' And the man believed the word that Jesus said to him, and was going on,
and he now going down, his servants met him, and told, saying -- `Thy child doth live;'
he inquired then of them the hour in which he became better, and they said to him -- `Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him;'
then the father knew that [it was] in that hour in which Jesus said to him -- `Thy son doth live,' and he himself believed, and his whole house;
this again a second sign did Jesus, having come out of Judea to Galilee.
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