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

  • A disciple
    "But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God." I know that there are some very stern-minded brothers and sisters, who are scared to death to admit that they still miss the mark. But we have to think like God thinks, and be honest first of all; or we'll never truly attain that victory we so strongly preach to others. (Luke 18:9-14)
  • A disciple
    David; the Lord bless you, brother! I already guessed as much however :) and I hope you understand that the things I write are for your building up and encouragement! The Lord showed me right away when I was saved, that I need to first of all have a set time of seeking Him first every day in the Bible; and to write down what I was learning (or thought I saw) into a notebook, to REALLY LEARN IT!
  • David Davies
    Mr disciple: I'm sorry, I'm going to read All the past comments more carefully. I believe we are saved by Grace, If I didn't I wouldn't be Born Again. But what I was saying was that we as believers SADLY do sometimes fail. But Jesus Promises that He will never leave us nor forsake us. As you said Mr disciple He will never give up on weak believers. Even if we do backslide we are still saved.
  • David Davies
    Mr disciple: I totally agree we are saved by Grace. My testimony. I was a vile, unclean sinful person. But then I came to Christ repented from my sins and put my faith and trust in Christ. I believe that Jesus took my place on the Cross, suffered, bled and died for ME and rose the third day. I am now a new creature, saved by Grace and have NO disire to go back to my old life. I DO NOT look back.
  • Ray321
    Ephesians 1:13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, We are sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise. For Ever . AMEN
  • A disciple
    David; you said,"If we say we are saved and then keep sinning, we Never were saved." In one sense, yes; but in another we will need the Lord's mercy and one another's as long as we are here; and we will need grace also when we have to forgive and bear with others; and this will take time and practice! Yes we ARE new creatures in Christ; old things ARE passed away, and ALL THINGS HAVE BECOME NEW.

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