Bishops' Bible

John 3

Christ teacheth Nicodemus the necessity of regeneration.

John 3:1 There was a man of the pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Iewes. John 3:2 The same came to Iesus by night, & said vnto him: Rabbi, we knowe that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man coulde do these miracles that thou doest, except God were with him. John 3:3 Iesus aunswered, & sayde vnto hym: Ueryly, veryly, I say vnto thee, except a man be borne agayne, he can not see the kyngdome of God. John 3:4 Nicodemus sayth vnto hym: Howe can a man be borne when he is olde? can he enter into his mothers wombe, and be borne agayne? John 3:5 Iesus aunswered: Ueryly, veryly, I say vnto thee, except a man be borne of water and of the spirite, he can not enter into the kyngdome of God. John 3:6 That which is borne of the fleshe, is fleshe: and that which is borne of the spirite, is spirite. John 3:7 Maruayle not thou that I sayde to thee, ye must be borne agayne. John 3:8 The wynde bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sounde therof: but canst not tell whence it commeth, and whither it goeth. So is euery one that is borne of the spirite. John 3:9 Nicodemus aunswered, and sayde vnto hym: howe can these thynges be? John 3:10 Iesus aunswered, & sayde vnto hym: Art thou a maister in Israel, and knowest not thesethynges? John 3:11 Ueryly, veryly, I say vnto thee, we speake that we do knowe, & testifie that we haue seene: and ye receaue not our witnesse. John 3:12 If I haue tolde you earthly thynges, and ye beleue not: howe shall ye beleue, yf I tell you of heauenly thynges? John 3:13 And no man ascendeth vp to heauen, but he that came downe from heauen, euen the sonne of man which is in heauen.

Of faith in his death.

John 3:14 And as Moyses lyft vp the serpent in the wyldernesse: euen so must the sonne of man be lyft vp: John 3:15 That whosoeuer beleueth in hym, perishe not, but haue eternall lyfe.

The great love of God towards the world.

John 3:16 For God so loued the worlde, that he gaue his only begotten sonne, that whosoeuer beleueth in hym, shoulde not perishe, but haue euerlastyng lyfe. John 3:17 For God sent not his sonne into the worlde, to condempne the worlde: but that the worlde through hym myght be saued. He that beleueth on hym, is not condempned:

Condemnation for unbelief.

John 3:18 But he that beleueth not, is condempned alredy, because he hath not beleued in the name of the only begotte sonne of God. John 3:19 And this is the condempnation: that lyght is come into the worlde, and men loued darknesse rather then lyght, because their deedes were euyll. John 3:20 For euery one that euyll doeth, hateth the lyght: neither commeth to the light, lest his deedes shoulde be reproued. John 3:21 But he that doeth trueth, cometh to the lyght, yt his deedes may be knowen, howe that they are wrought in God.

John 3:22 After these thynges, came Iesus and his disciples into the lande of Iurie, and there he taryed with the, & baptized.

The baptism, witness, and doctrine of John concerning Christ.

John 3:23 And Iohn also baptized in Enon, besides Salim, because there was much water there: and they came, and were baptized. John 3:24 For Iohn was not yet cast into prison.

John 3:25 And there arose a question betwene Iohns disciples and the Iewes, about purifiyng. John 3:26 And they came vnto Iohn, and sayde vnto hym: Rabbi, he that was with thee beyonde Iordane, to whom thou barest witnesse, beholde the same baptizeth, and all men come to hym. John 3:27 Iohn aunswered, and sayde: A man can receaue nothyng, except it be geuen hym from heauen. John 3:28 Ye your selues are witnesses, howe that I sayde I am not Christe, but am sent before hym. John 3:29 He that hath ye bride, is the bridegrome. But the friende of the brydegrome, which standeth & heareth him, reioyceth greatly because of ye brydegromes voyce. This my ioy therfore is fulfylled. John 3:30 He must increace, but I must decreace. John 3:31 He that commeth from an hye, is aboue all: He that is of the earth, is earthlye, and speaketh of the earth. He that commeth from heauen, is aboue all: John 3:32 And what he hath seene and hearde, that he testifieth: and no man receaueth his testimonie. John 3:33 He that hath receaued his testimonie, hath set to his seale, that God is true. John 3:34 For he whom God hath sent, speaketh the wordes of God: For God geueth not the spirite by measure vnto hym. John 3:35 The father loueth the sonne, and hath geuen all thynges into his hande. John 3:36 He that beleueth on the sonne, hath euerlastyng lyfe: He that beleueth not the sonne, shall not see life, but the wrath of God abydeth on hym.

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