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- For this how much God loved the world: he gave the Son, the One and Only,
- so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.
- For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world,
- but that the world should be saved through him.
- The one who believes in him is not condemned.
The one who does not believe has been condemned already,
- because they have not believed in the name of the One and Only Son of God.
- Now this how judging works:
- that the light has come into the world
- and people loved the darkness rather than the light,
- because their deeds were evil.
- For everyone who does evil deeds hates the light and does not come to the light,
- so that their deeds will not be exposed.
- But the one who practices the truth comes to the light,
- so that it may be plainly evident that their deeds have been done in God.
- After this, Jesus and his disciples came into the Judean countryside,
and there he spent time with them and was baptizing.
- John was also baptizing at Aenon near Salim, because water was plentiful there, and people were coming to him and being baptized.
- (For John had not yet been thrown into prison.)
- Now a dispute came about between some of John’s disciples and a certain Jew concerning ceremonial washing.
- So they came to John and said to him,
“Rabbi, the one who was with you on the other side of the Jordan River, about whom you testified — see, he is baptizing, and everyone is flocking to him!”
- John replied,
“No one can receive anything unless it has been given to them from heaven.
- You yourselves can testify that I said,
- ‘I am not the Messiah,’ but rather, ‘I have been sent before him.’
- The one who has the bride is the bridegroom.
- The friend of the bridegroom, who stands by and listens for him,
- rejoices greatly when he hears the bridegroom’s voice.
- This then is my joy, and it is complete.
- He must become more important while I become less important.”
- The one who comes from above is superior to all.
- The one who is from the earth belongs to the earth and speaks about earthly things.
The one who comes from heaven is superior to all.
- He testifies about what he has seen and heard, but no one accepts his testimony.
- The one who has accepted his testimony has confirmed clearly that God is truthful.
- For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God,
- for he gives him the Spirit without measure.
- The Father loves the Son and has placed all things under his authority.
- The one who believes in the Son has eternal life.
The one who does not trust the Son will not see life,
- but God’s wrath remains on them.
Translation by Andrew Fountain