Gospel of John chapter 3

Reading and Interpretation by Vic Alexander

From the Ancient Aramaic Scriptures


John 3

1. There was a man* from the Pharisees, his name was Nicodemus, leader of the Jews, 2. Who came to Eashoa in the night, and said to him, “Rabbi, I know that from Allaha you have been sent a teacher, for no one* can be found [who can] perform these signs that you are doing, unless Allaha is with him.” 3. Eashoa replied and said to him, “Amen, amen, I say to you, if [the] human [being] is not born from above*, they cannot see the Kingdom of Allaha.” 4. Nicodemus said to him, “How can an old man get born, how can he enter his mother's womb a second time*, to become born [again?] 5. Eashoa replied and said to him, “Amen, amen, I am telling you, if [the] human [being] is not born from the waters and the Spirit, they cannot enter the Kingdom of Allaha. 6. “Whoever is born of the flesh, is of the flesh, and whoever is born of the Spirit, is of the Spirit. 7. “Do not be surprised that [they] tell you, that it is expected of you to be born from above. 

8. “The Spirit moves [you] for [the sake of] her own fulfillment, and you listen to her voice; except, you do not know from where she came and where she went. This is how it is with every human [being] who is born of the Spirit.” 9. Nicodemus replied and said to him, “How can such things be?” 10. Eashoa answered him, “You [are] a teacher of Israel and you do not know this? 11. “Amen, amen, I say to you, of the things that we know, we speak, and to the things that we have seen we are testifying, [yet] you do not accept our testimony. 12. “If I tell you about earthly [things] and you do not believe, how then if I tell you about heavenly [things] will you believe? 13. “No human [being] goes up to heaven, except the one who comes down from heaven, the Son of Man who was in heaven.* 14. “And just as Moses lifted the darkness by the light of life, this is how you should glorify* the Son of Man. 15. “So that every human [being] who believes in him does not [go to] oblivion, except that they may have life everlasting*. 16. “For this is how [much] Allaha loved humanity, that he gave forth his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him does not perish*, except that they may have life everlasting. 17. “For Allaha did not send his Son to the world* to condemn people, except that people shall live* by his hand*. 18. “Whoever believes in him, is not condemned; and whoever does not believe, has [already] been condemned long ago, [whoever] does not believe in the name of the only begotten Son of Allaha. 19. “For this is the judgment: that the light came to the people, and the people loved the darkness more than the light, for they [only] wanted to do evil [things.] 20. “For whoever does hateful [things,] hates the light and does not come to the light, so as not to be reprimanded for their doings. 21. “The one who does good* [things,] comes to the light, so as to make known his doings to Allaha, [to make known] that by Allaha's [will] they are done.” 

22. After Eashoa [taught] these [things,] he came to Judea, (and) where he visited [with the people there] and baptized. 23. John also was baptizing at Aenon* near Salim*, for the waters were plentiful there and they came and were baptized. 24. Because John was still not thrown in prison. 

25. There arose a question between one of the disciples of John and a Jew over [ceremonial] washing. 26. And they came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, the one who was with you at the crossing of the Jordan [river,] of whom you testified, behold, he is also baptizing and many are coming to him.” 27. John replied and said to them, “No human [being] can of his own will [receive] anything, unless it comes to him from heaven. 28. “You are my witnesses that I said, 'I am not the Anointed One, except the apostle before him.' 29. “Whoever has a bride is the bridegroom. His best man, who stands at attention, is overjoyed as he hears the voice of the bridegroom [calling on him.]* 30. “To him it was destined to be great, to me to be little.* 31. “Because the one who comes from above, is above all, and the one [who comes] from the earth, is from the earth and preaches* from the earth. The one who comes from heaven is above all. 32. “And the thing that he sees and hears, he gives testimony to, and his testimony no one accepts. 33. “The one who accepts his testimony, [takes on] Allaha's true seal. 34. “Because the one sent by Allaha, preaches the words of Allaha, for Allaha does not give [forth] the Spirit in increments*. 35. “The Creator loves the Son and everything is given in his hands. 36. “Whoever believes in the Son, possesses everlasting life; and whoever does not cling onto the Son, will not see [eternal*] life, except the wrath of Allaha shall fasten itself upon him.” 

Footnotes: 3:1 “Human [being.]” -- 3. 2 “Human [being.]” -- 3:3 “From the head,” or “again.” -- 3:4 “Season.” -- 3:13 Aramaic construction retained. -- 3:14 “Lift up.” -- 3:15 ““To [the end of] the universe.” -- 3:16 “[Go] to oblivion.” -- 3:17. 1 “The people.” -- 3:17. 2 “To judge.” -- 3:17. 3 “Be saved [by him.]” -- 3:17. 4 Aramaic retained: “Grace.” -- 3:21 “The truth.” -- 3:23. 1 In Aramaic, this means: “Eye.” -- 3:23. 2 In Aramaic, this is pronounced: “Shalim,” which means: “Adhere to,” or “follow,” etc. -- 3:29 “His best man, who stands [in anticipation] to hear him, a great joy he [experiences] because of the voice of the bridegroom.” -- 3:30 “To him [it] was given in abundance, to me shrinkingly.” -- 3:31 Literal [Gives] speeches. -- 3:34 “By measure.” -- 3:36 In Aramaic, “Eternity” is always expressed in terms of “The universe.”

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