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

  • Lubi J
    What I understand about this verse is that, God has given us a chance whether to be His or the world's people. The only thing we should do is to look up the Cross for our salvation just as the Israelites did when Moses made a snake of bronse so that when they looked up they were Saved from being beaten by other snakes. I Trust an Believe that JESUS has come to Save me from SIN.
  • Michael
    Verse 16 is a good reminder to us all of God's love for us all. Our heart overflows with love for Jehovah because he has made it possible for us to receive forgiveness of our sins if we are repentant and exercise faith in Jesus’ ransom sacrifice. What a loving God we have.
  • Crystalyn driver
    It's unbelievable in the old testament that the people didn't belive God.
  • Alissa
    There was a man of the Pharisees named nicodemus ,a ruler of the jews;
    The same came to Jesus by night and said unto rabbi we know
  • Mike
    Verse 16 reminds us that Jehovah God gave us the greatest possible gift of love when he sent his precious Son, Jesus, to the earth
  • Wayne
    The Holy Spirit was given to Christ in v. 34. Not without measure.

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