John 3:4

“Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Nicodemus saith vnto him, How can a man be borne when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mothers wombe, and be borne?
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Nicodemus *said to Him, "How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born, can he?"
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter a second time into his mother's womb, and be born?
- American Standard Version (1901)

Nicodemus said to him, How is it possible for a man to be given birth when he is old? Is he able to go into his mother's body a second time and come to birth again?
- Basic English Bible

Nicodemus says to him, How can a man be born being old? can he enter a second time into the womb of his mother and be born?
- Darby Bible

Nicodemus saith to him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?
- Webster's Bible

How is it possible, Nicodemus asked, "for a man to be born when he is old? Can he a second time enter his mother's womb and be born?"
- Weymouth Bible

Nicodemus said to him, "How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother's womb, and be born?"
- World English Bible

Nychodeme seide to hym, Hou may a man be borun, whanne he is eeld? whether he may entre ayen in to his modris wombe, and be borun ayen?
- Wycliffe Bible

Nicodemus saith unto him, `How is a man able to be born, being old? is he able into the womb of his mother a second time to enter, and to be born?'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for John 3:4


3:4 When he is old - As Nicodemus himself was.


People's Bible Notes for John 3:4


Joh 3:4 How can a man be born again when he is old? The question of Nicodemus indicates his surprise, skepticism and misapprehension of what Jesus meant.

Discussion for John 3

  • BSP
    In verse 13 Jesus said that no man ascended to heaven before him.
  • Zahid Hasan
    Dear Sir,

    Plz simplify me the meaning of BEGOTTEN ( John 3:16 )
  • Wayne
    1 cor. 14:22. Tongues, languages, is not a sign to believers, but to unbelievers. It is better to preach to believers to edify, build up, the body of Christ, the Church of God.
  • Mbugua
    whatever we have comes from God. Corin.4:7, who makes us to differ from another? Only God. He created us in different colours and languages. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above. Our help comes from above.
  • Stephen F. Zielski
    Do not take a verse out of its context and use it for an excuse not to speak in tongues. If you truly have accepted Christ as your Lord and Savior according to what the Holy Word of Life says, then there is absolutely no excuse not to for its Gods Word and Will for all His People to do. Mainstream christianity failed to take this critical next step of this out of fear of rejection. Shalom.
  • Stephen F. Zielski
    PARADOX. Verse 27 ! God will send the Greater than John for our Blessed Lord Christ is Glorfied and seated at His Right Hand in Glory Everlasting Amen indeed. Gods chosen elect Zion will be baptised with the Holy Ghost Speaking in Tongues and once again be united with the Gentile church, throughly purged

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