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

  • Neighbor
    remember that archangel michael camps outside your door to protect you......
  • Geraldine Cole
    Amen we can only grow in Jesus if we obey him in everything he has told us in his word and in that we will be bless praise the Lord Jesus.U will No them by their Fruits watch and pray.
  • Irene123
    To Tabitha - remember Abraham taking Isaac up the mtn. to sacrifice him? But God provided a ram caught by it's horns in the brush. As God wasn't cruel enough to let A. follow through, neither would He be cruel enough to sacrifice His 'son'. The Bible says, God was MANIFEST in the flesh. God provided HIMSELF with a flesh body in the incarnation with Mary to be the sinless sacrifice for our sins.
  • Tabitha
    So amazing of God to send his one and only son to die for us Amen
  • Bruce
    Ahio:I'm drawn to Him because he was lifted up. Verse 14 and 15 go together. John12:32 and I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. John6:44 Drawn of the Father.Forgiving1John1:9. Baptized with the Holy Ghost and Fire.Matthew 3:11. You will know! Impossible not to know! 2Corinthians 5:17.( 2 ways Matthew 7:13-14). Guest list Revelations 20:15
  • Gordon.
    In further responce to John 3:14, He was not only speaking to Israel but to all the world, because the sins of the whole world (our sins) is what he took the place of, (John 3:16) and was lifted up on the cross for.

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