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

  • Wayne
    Kevin, baptism is an answer of a good conscience toward God, 1 Peter 3:21. Baptism is a sign to all the sinner is now redeemed and a child of God. Walking in the light as He is in the light.
  • Wayne
    Kevin, the thief on the cross repented to Christ and went to paradise with Jesus without being baptised.
  • Irene123
    To HD - Thank-you for your stand on His truth.
  • HD
    JESUS answered andsaid unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he CANNOT SEE the kingdom of God. Vs5 Jesus answered, Except a man be born of WATER and of the Spirit, he CANNOT ENTER the Kingdom of God.Acts 2:38 Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. readMark16:16
  • A disciple
    Kevin; in answer to your question; Baptism is something God has commanded us to do. Jesus Himself was baptized; and He rebuked and scorned the Pharisees, for not repenting and being baptized. In the last chapter of Mark, Jesus said, that he that believes and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believes not shall be damned. We obey because we are converted, and wish to please Him in all things.
  • Kevin
    What is the purpose of baptism? Can one be saved and go to Heaven without being baptized?

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