John 3:3

“Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Iesus answered, and said vnto him, Uerily, verily I say vnto thee, except a man be borne againe, he cannot see the kingdome of God.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Jesus answered and said to him, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except one be born anew, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Jesus said to him, Truly, I say to you, Without a new birth no man is able to see the kingdom of God.
- Basic English Bible

Jesus answered and said to him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except any one be born anew he cannot see the kingdom of God.
- Darby Bible

Jesus answered and said to him, Verily, verily, I say to thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
- Webster's Bible

In most solemn truth I tell you, answered Jesus, "that unless a man is born anew he cannot see the Kingdom of God."
- Weymouth Bible

Jesus answered him, "Most certainly, I tell you, unless one is born anew, he can't see the Kingdom of God."
- World English Bible

Jhesus answerde, and seide to hym, Treuli, treuli, Y seie to thee, but a man be borun ayen, he may not se the kyngdom of God.
- Wycliffe Bible

Jesus answered and said to him, `Verily, verily, I say to thee, If any one may not be born from above, he is not able to see the reign of God;'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for John 3:3

3:3 Jesus answered - That knowledge will not avail thee unless thou be born again - Otherwise thou canst not see, that is, experience and enjoy, either the inward or the glorious kingdom of God. In this solemn discourse our Lord shows, that no external profession, no ceremonial ordinances or privileges of birth, could entitle any to the blessings of the Messiah's kingdom: that an entire change of heart as well as of life was necessary for that purpose: that this could only be wrought in man by the almighty power of God: that every man born into the world was by nature in a state of sin, condemnation, and misery: that the free mercy of God had given his Son to deliver them from it, and to raise them to a blessed immortality: that all mankind, Gentiles as well as Jews, might share in these benefits, procured by his being lifted up on the cross, and to be received by faith in him: but that if they rejected him, their eternal, aggravated condemnation, would be the certain consequence. Except a man be born again - If our Lord by being born again means only reformation of life, instead of making any new discovery, he has only thrown a great deal of obscurity on what was before plain and obvious.

People's Bible Notes for John 3:3

Joh 3:3 Verily, verily, I say unto thee. This form of expression was often upon the lips of Jesus to give emphasis to an unusually solemn and weighty declaration. It occurs twenty-five times in John. See PNT "Mt 5:18". Except a man be born again, etc. The Greek term "anothen", translated "again", is rendered "anew" in the Revised Version, which is better. It is the great doctrine, so fundamental in the Gospel, of Regeneration, a new birth, being made a new creature, the same doctrine spoken of in Joh 1:12,13. Nicodemus, like all Jews, supposed that all who were born as children of Abraham would, as Abraham's seed, be citizens of the kingdom, but Jesus shows him that no one can be a new creature in Christ Jesus unless he is born anew. We are born naturally into the kingdom of nature, to live the natural life; if we enter the kingdom of heaven, the kingdom of grace, it must be by a new birth. The doctrine that a man can bury his old sinful life, and begin a new one with the freshness of youthful hope, is foreshadowed in the Old Testament (Isa 1:18 Jer 31:33 Eze 11:19 36:26), and taught in the New Testament (Ro 6:8 8:3 12:2 2Co 5:17 Ga 6:15,16).

Discussion for John 3

  • Skip stonerthomas
    Hello, I am curious about the symbol in verse 16... have always taken it to stand for "the" as in the KJV STANDARD, but PREFER more clarity. For me... this verse STANDS as the HEART of MY being.
  • Steve morrow
  • April
    If I have told you earthly things,and ye believe not,how shall ye believe,if I tell you of heavenly things?verse 12 of this chapter, since many cannot physically SEE our lord and HEAR, they have a hard time believing,so I ask of thee how will you hear what so many are trying to say,if so many need a Flesh like being and even then given it,they still not believe,then how can they be of service2you.
  • Irene123
    vs. 14 - 15; the brazen serpent; in order for it to heal them of the snake bites (sin) they had to have FAITH; just as looking to Jesus sacrifice on the cross we have to have faith that it will remit our sins. The whole O.T. has it's counterpart in the N.T. It all works together; it doesn't 'counterdict' itself. To 'believe' is to have faith; to have faith is to believe. It's so simple.
  • Bruce
    When The Father Calls:John6:44/ Ask Forgiveness 1John1:9 / You will be Washed by The Blood of The Lamb:Revelation1:5 /You will be Baptized with The Holy Ghost and Fire:Matthew 3:11 /You will be made New: 2Corinthians5:17.You will Know! Impossible not to. Then You can Walk with Him.---without shedding of Blood is no Remission:Hebrews 9:22. His Spirit will Guide and Teach You as You Study His Word.
  • Evangelist Dahlia Daniels
    In oder to walk with GOD you got to be delivered from 2 things #1 is self because GOD don't have control if you're in the way #2 is people because they are what the devil uses to keep you distracted from getting to where you need to be in Jesus Summit yourself totally in CHRIST be OBEDIENT and you must ask for HUMBLENESS and ALWAYS FOLLOW THE WORD

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