John 3:1

“There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of þe Iewes:
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Now there was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews;
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Now there was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:
- American Standard Version (1901)

Now there was among the Pharisees a man named Nicodemus, who was one of the rulers of the Jews.
- Basic English Bible

But there was a man from among the Pharisees, his name Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews;
- Darby Bible

There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:
- Webster's Bible

Now there was one of the Pharisees whose name was Nicodemus--a ruler among the Jews.
- Weymouth Bible

Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews.
- World English Bible

And there was a man of the Farisees, Nychodeme bi name, a prince of the Jewis.
- Wycliffe Bible

And there was a man of the Pharisees, Nicodemus his name, a ruler of the Jews,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for John 3:1


3:1 A ruler - One of the great council.


People's Bible Notes for John 3:1


Joh 3:1 Christ and Nicodemus SUMMARY OF JOHN 3: The Ruler Seeking Jesus by Night. The Necessity of a New Birth of Water and of the Spirit. The Son of Man to Be Lifted Up. The Love of God for Man. Condemnation for Unbelief. John at Aenon. John's Testimony. There was a man . . . named Nicodemus. Nicodemus is named only three times by John, and not elsewhere; (1) here; (2) in Joh 7:50, where he protests against condemning Jesus unheard; and (3) in Joh 19:39, where he aids Joseph of Arimathea in the burial of Jesus. Of the Pharisees, . . . a ruler of the Jews. He was a Pharisee, a member of the Sanhedrin (a ruler), and "a master of Israel" (a rabbi) (Joh 3:10).

Discussion for John 3

  • Steve morrow
    CLARITY --- 2 THESSALONIANS 2:14 WHEREUNTO HE CALLED YOU BY OUR GOSPEL TO THE OBTAINING OF THE GLORY OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST JOHN 6:44 NO MAN CAN COME TO ME EXCEPT THE FATHER WHICH HATH SENT ME DRAW HIM AND I WILL RAISE HIM UP THE LAST DAY ***** JOHN 12:49 FOR I HAVE NOT SPOKEN OF MYSELF BUT THE FATHER WHICH SENT ME HE GAVE ME A COMMANDMENT WHAT I SHOULD SAY AND WHAT I SHOULD SPEAK*****
  • Love for Truth
    Acts 2:38/John 3:5 same thing I wish the denominational church would understand what Jesus and His Church taught.
  • A disciple
    "Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." John 3:5 Why is it most often the case, that as soon as someone starts going to Church and listening to the popular "teachers and preachers" of the day that they all seem to lose their ability to think intelligently anymore? Nicodemus was the Teacher of Israel: how did he NOT know these things that the Lord was talking about? Was he a good and devoutly religious man? Yes! Undoubtedly! But while he was all busy and tangled up in the "traditions and norms" of Judaism, he had no room left to be open to the Spirit's inspiration for giving him even the fundamental understanding of the WHOLE CONTEXT OF THE SCRIPTURES. Consequently he was at a total loss and unable to grasp when the Lord spoke of even the most basic of spiritual truths.
  • A disciple
    Bruce and Mild Bill; All you say is true, but I don't understand why you always seem to want to find fault with me and twist my words! I forgive you, but you are really hurting yourselves! As for "No one being able to come to Jesus except the Father draw him;" that the Father doesn't draw them is His condemnation of their unbelief; John 3:17-19. God calls constantly to men to consider their ways.
  • Alex
    About Jn 3/5 jesus said we must be bornagain of the water and the spirit thats simply his WORD the h20 of God Thats y he is saying you are made clean by the WORD signifing that the water of God is his WORD which is SPIRIT, THERE IS ONLY 1 VALID BAPTISM WHICH IS BAPTISM OF THE H.G. When jesus told the woman at the well of living water thats the Word not h20 TH H.G. FELL ON THEM THAT HEARD TH WORD.
  • Steve morrow
    ISAIAH 12:3 THEREFORE WITH JOY SHALL YOU DRAW WATER OUT OF THE WELLS OF SALVATION JOHN 4:10 JESUS ANSWERED AND SAID UNTO HER IF THOU KNEWEST --- THE GIFT OF GOD --- AND WHO IT IS THAT SAITH TO THEE GIVE ME TO DRINK THOU WOULDEST HAVE ASKED HIM AND HE WOULD HAVE GIVEN THEE --LIVING WATER -- EPHESIANS 5:25 HUSBANDS LOVE YOUR WIVES EVEN AS CHRIST ALSO LOVED THE CHURCH AND GAVE HIMSELF FOR IT --5:26-- THAT HE MIGHT SANCTIFY AND CLEANSE IT WITH THE WASHING OF WATER BY THE WORD 1 PETER 1:22 SEEING YOU HAVE PURIFIED YOUR SOULS --- IN OBEYING THE TRUTH --- THROUGH THE SPIRIT --- UNTO UNFEIGNED LOVE OF THE BRETHREN SEE THAT YOU LOVE ONE ANOTHER WITH A PURE HEART FERVENTLY --1:23--BEING BORN AGAIN --- NOT OF CORRUPTIBLE SEED BUT OF INCORRUPTIBLE --- BY THE WORD OF GOD --- WHICH LIVETH AND ABIDETH FOREVER JEREMIAH 2:13 FOR MY PEOPLE HAVE COMMITTED TWO EVILS THEY HAVE FORSAKEN ME THE FOUNTAIN OF LIVING WATERS AND HEWED THEM OUT CISTERNS BROKEN CISTERNS THAT CAN HOLD NO WATER

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