2 Now on the third day there was a wedding at Cana 1 in Galilee. 2 Jesus’ mother 3 was there, 2 and Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the wedding. 4 3 When the wine ran out, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no wine left.” 5 4 Jesus replied, 6 “Woman, 7 why are you saying this to me? 8 My time 9 has not yet come.” 5 His mother told the servants, “Whatever he tells you, do it.” 10
6 Now there were six stone water jars there for Jewish ceremonial washing, 11 each holding twenty or thirty gallons. 12 7 Jesus told the servants, 13 “Fill the water jars with water.” So they filled them up to the very top. 8 Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the head steward,” 14 and they did. 9 When 15 the head steward tasted the water that had been turned to wine, not knowing where it came from 16 (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), he 17 called the bridegroom 10 and said to him, “Everyone 18 serves the good wine first, and then the cheaper 19 wine when the guests 20 are drunk. You have kept the good wine until now!” 11 Jesus did this as the first of his miraculous signs, 21 in Cana 22 of Galilee. In this way he revealed 23 his glory, and his disciples believed in him. 24
12 After this he went down to Capernaum 25 with his mother and brothers 26 and his disciples, and they stayed there a few days. 13 Now the Jewish feast of Passover 27 was near, so Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 28 14 29
He found in the temple courts 30 those who were selling oxen and sheep and doves, and the money changers sitting at tables. 31 15 So he made a whip of cords 32 and drove them all out of the temple courts, 33 with the sheep and the oxen. He scattered the coins of the money changers 34 and overturned their tables. 16 To those who sold the doves he said, “Take these things away from here! Do not make 35 my Father’s house a marketplace!” 36 17 His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal 37 for your house will devour me.” 38
18 So then the Jewish leaders 39 responded, 40 “What sign can you show us, since you are doing these things?” 41 19 Jesus replied, 42 “Destroy 43 this temple and in three days I will raise it up again.” 20 Then the Jewish leaders 44 said to him, “This temple has been under construction 45 for forty-six years, 46 and are you going to raise it up in three days?” 21 But Jesus 47 was speaking about the temple of his body. 48 22 So after he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this, and they believed the scripture 49 and the saying 50 that Jesus had spoken.
23 Now while Jesus 51 was in Jerusalem 52 at the feast of the Passover, many people believed in his name because they saw the miraculous signs he was doing. 53 24 But Jesus would not entrust himself to them, because he knew all people. 54 25 He did not need anyone to testify about man, 55 for he knew what was in man. 56
3 Now a certain man, a Pharisee 1 named Nicodemus, who was a member of the Jewish ruling council, 2 2 came to Jesus 3 at night 4 and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the miraculous signs 5 that you do unless God is with him.” 3 Jesus replied, 6 “I tell you the solemn truth, 7 unless a person is born from above, 8 he cannot see the kingdom of God.” 9 4 Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter his mother’s womb and be born a second time, can he?” 10
5 Jesus answered, “I tell you the solemn truth, 11 unless a person is born of water and spirit, 12 he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 6 What is born of the flesh is flesh, 13 and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must all 14 be born from above.’ 15 8 The wind 16 blows wherever it will, and you hear the sound it makes, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” 17
9 Nicodemus replied, 18 “How can these things be?” 19 10 Jesus answered, 20 “Are you the teacher of Israel and yet you don’t understand these things? 21 11 I tell you the solemn truth, 22 we speak about what we know and testify about what we have seen, but 23 you people 24 do not accept our testimony. 25 12 If I have told you people 26 about earthly things and you don’t believe, how will you believe if I tell you about heavenly things? 27 13 No one 28 has ascended 29 into heaven except the one who descended from heaven – the Son of Man. 30 14 Just as 31 Moses lifted up the serpent 32 in the wilderness, 33 so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 34 15 so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.” 35
16 For this is the way 36 God loved the world: He gave his one and only 37 Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish 38 but have eternal life. 39 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, 40 but that the world should be saved through him. 18 The one who believes in him is not condemned. 41 The one who does not believe has been condemned 42 already, because he has not believed in the name of the one and only 43 Son of God. 19 Now this is the basis for judging: 44 that the light has come into the world and people 45 loved the darkness rather than the light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For everyone who does evil deeds hates the light and does not come to the light, so that their deeds will not be exposed. 21 But the one who practices the truth comes to the light, so that it may be plainly evident that his deeds have been done in God. 46
22 After this, 47 Jesus and his disciples came into Judean territory, and there he spent time with them and was baptizing. 23 John 48 was also baptizing at Aenon near Salim, 49 because water was plentiful there, and people were coming 50 to him 51 and being baptized. 24 (For John had not yet been thrown into prison.) 52
25 Now a dispute came about between some of John’s disciples and a certain Jew 53 concerning ceremonial washing. 54 26 So they came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, the one who was with you on the other side of the Jordan River, 55 about whom you testified – see, he is baptizing, and everyone is flocking to him!”
27 John replied, 56 “No one can receive anything unless it has been given to him from heaven. 28 You yourselves can testify that I said, ‘I am not the Christ,’ 57 but rather, ‘I have been sent before him.’ 29 The one who has the bride is the bridegroom. The friend of the bridegroom, who stands by and listens for him, rejoices greatly 58 when he hears the bridegroom’s voice. This then is my joy, and it is complete. 59 30 He must become more important while I become less important.” 60
31 The one who comes from above is superior to all. 61 The one who is from the earth belongs to the earth and speaks about earthly things. 62 The one who comes from heaven 63 is superior to all. 64 32 He testifies about what he has seen and heard, but no one accepts his testimony. 33 The one who has accepted his testimony has confirmed clearly that God is truthful. 65 34 For the one whom God has sent 66 speaks the words of God, for he does not give the Spirit sparingly. 67 35 The Father loves the Son and has placed all things under his authority. 68 36 The one who believes in the Son has eternal life. The one who rejects 69 the Son will not see life, but God’s wrath 70 remains 71 on him.
4 Now when Jesus 1 knew that the Pharisees 2 had heard that he 3 was winning 4 and baptizing more disciples than John 2 (although Jesus himself was not baptizing, but his disciples were), 5 3 he left Judea and set out once more for Galilee. 6
4 But he had 7 to pass through Samaria. 8 5 Now he came to a Samaritan town 9 called Sychar, 10 near the plot of land that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 11 6 Jacob’s well was there, so Jesus, since he was tired from the journey, sat right down beside 12 the well. It was about noon. 13
7 A Samaritan woman 14 came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me some water 15 to drink.” 8 (For his disciples had gone off into the town to buy supplies. 16 ) 17 9 So the Samaritan woman said to him, “How can you – a Jew 18 – ask me, a Samaritan woman, for water 19 to drink?” (For Jews use nothing in common 20 with Samaritans.) 21
10 Jesus answered 22 her, “If you had known 23 the gift of God and who it is who said to you, ‘Give me some water 24 to drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” 25 11 “Sir,” 26 the woman 27 said to him, “you have no bucket and the well 28 is deep; where then do you get this 29 living water? 30 12 Surely you’re not greater than our ancestor 31 Jacob, are you? For he gave us this well and drank from it himself, along with his sons and his livestock.” 32
13 Jesus replied, 33 “Everyone who drinks some of this water will be thirsty 34 again. 14 But whoever drinks some of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again, 35 but the water that I will give him will become in him a fountain 36 of water springing up 37 to eternal life.” 15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw 38 water.” 39 16 He 40 said to her, “Go call your husband and come back here.” 41 17 The woman replied, 42 “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “Right you are when you said, 43 ‘I have no husband,’ 44 18 for you have had five husbands, and the man you are living with 45 now is not your husband. This you said truthfully!”
19 The woman said to him, “Sir, I see 46 that you are a prophet. 20 Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, 47 and you people 48 say that the place where people must worship is in Jerusalem.” 49 21 Jesus said to her, “Believe me, woman, 50 a time 51 is coming when you will worship 52 the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 22 You people 53 worship what you do not know. We worship what we know, because salvation is from the Jews. 54 23 But a time 55 is coming – and now is here 56 – when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks 57 such people to be 58 his worshipers. 59 24 God is spirit, 60 and the people who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” 25 The woman said to him, “I know that Messiah is coming” (the one called Christ); 61 “whenever he 62 comes, he will tell 63 us everything.” 64 26 Jesus said to her, “I, the one speaking to you, am he.”
27 Now at that very moment his disciples came back. 65 They were shocked 66 because he was speaking 67 with a woman. However, no one said, “What do you want?” 68 or “Why are you speaking with her?” 28 Then the woman left her water jar, went off into the town and said to the people, 69 29 “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Surely he can’t be the Messiah, 70 can he?” 71 30 So 72 they left the town and began coming 73 to him.
31 Meanwhile the disciples were urging him, 74 “Rabbi, eat something.” 75 32 But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about.” 33 So the disciples began to say 76 to one another, “No one brought him anything 77 to eat, did they?” 78 34 Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of the one who sent me 79 and to complete 80 his work. 81 35 Don’t you say, 82 ‘There are four more months and then comes the harvest?’ I tell you, look up 83 and see that the fields are already white 84 for harvest! 36 The one who reaps receives pay 85 and gathers fruit for eternal life, so that the one who sows and the one who reaps can rejoice together. 37 For in this instance the saying is true, 86 ‘One sows and another reaps.’ 38 I sent you to reap what you did not work for; others have labored and you have entered into their labor.”
39 Now many Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the report of the woman who testified, 87 “He told me everything I ever did.” 40 So when the Samaritans came to him, they began asking 88 him to stay with them. 89 He stayed there two days, 41 and because of his word many more 90 believed. 42 They said to the woman, “No longer do we believe because of your words, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this one 91 really is the Savior of the world.” 92
43 After the two days he departed from there to Galilee. 44 (For Jesus himself had testified that a prophet has no honor in his own country.) 93 45 So when he came to Galilee, the Galileans welcomed him because they had seen all the things he had done in Jerusalem 94 at the feast 95 (for they themselves had gone to the feast). 96
46 Now he came again to Cana 97 in Galilee where he had made the water wine. 98 In 99 Capernaum 100 there was a certain royal official 101 whose son was sick. 47 When he heard that Jesus had come back from Judea to Galilee, he went to him and begged him 102 to come down and heal his son, who was about to die. 48 So Jesus said to him, “Unless you people 103 see signs and wonders you will never believe!” 104 49 “Sir,” the official said to him, “come down before my child dies.” 50 Jesus told him, “Go home; 105 your son will live.” The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him, and set off for home. 106
51 While he was on his way down, 107 his slaves 108 met him and told him that his son was going to live. 52 So he asked them the time 109 when his condition began to improve, 110 and 111 they told him, “Yesterday at one o’clock in the afternoon 112 the fever left him.” 53 Then the father realized that it was the very time 113 Jesus had said to him, “Your son will live,” and he himself believed along with his entire household. 54 Jesus did this as his second miraculous sign 114 when he returned from Judea to Galilee.