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

  • 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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