【niv】At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another.
【niv】But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared,
【niv】he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit,
【niv】whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior,
【niv】so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.
【niv】Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind.
【niv】Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation,
【niv】now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.
【niv】As you come to him, the living Stone--rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him--
【niv】you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
【niv】Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a member of the Jewish ruling council.
2这人夜里来见耶稣，说:“拉比，我们知道你是由 神那里来作师傅的；因为你所行的神迹，若没有 神同在，无人能行。”
【niv】He came to Jesus at night and said, 'Rabbi, we know you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the miraculous signs you are doing if God were not with him.'
【niv】In reply Jesus declared, 'I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again. '
【niv】'How can a man be born when he is old?' Nicodemus asked. 'Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother's womb to be born!'
【niv】Jesus answered, 'I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit.
【niv】Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.
【niv】You should not be surprised at my saying, `You must be born again.'
【niv】The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.'
【niv】'How can this be?' Nicodemus asked.
【niv】'You are Israel's teacher,' said Jesus, 'and do you not understand these things?
【niv】I tell you the truth, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony.
【niv】I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things?
【niv】No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven--the Son of Man.
【niv】Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up,
【niv】that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.
【niv】The hand of the LORD was upon me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the LORD and set me in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones.
【niv】He led me back and forth among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley, bones that were very dry.
【niv】He asked me, 'Son of man, can these bones live?' I said, 'O Sovereign LORD , you alone know.'
【niv】Then he said to me, 'Prophesy to these bones and say to them, 'Dry bones, hear the word of the LORD !
【niv】This is what the Sovereign LORD says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life.
【niv】I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the LORD.' '
【niv】So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together, bone to bone.
【niv】I looked, and tendons and flesh appeared on them and skin covered them, but there was no breath in them.
【niv】Then he said to me, 'Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to it, 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe into these slain, that they may live.' '
【niv】So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet-a vast army.
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