John 3:5

“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.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

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

Jesus answered, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except one be born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God!
- American Standard Version (1901)

Jesus said in answer, Truly, I say to you, If a man's birth is not from water and from the Spirit, it is not possible for him to go into the kingdom of God.
- Basic English Bible

Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except any one be born of water and of Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
- Darby Bible

Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say to thee, Except a man be born of water, and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
- Webster's Bible

In most solemn truth I tell you, replied Jesus, "that unless a man is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the Kingdom of God.
- Weymouth Bible

Jesus answered, "Most certainly I tell you, unless one is born of water and spirit, he can't enter into the Kingdom of God!
- World English Bible

Jhesus answeride, Treuli, treuli, Y seie to thee, but a man be borun ayen of watir, and of the Hooli Goost, he may not entre in to the kyngdom of God.
- Wycliffe Bible

Jesus answered, `Verily, verily, I say to thee, If any one may not be born of water, and the Spirit, he is not able to enter into the reign of God;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for John 3:5


3:5 Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit - Except he experience that great inward change by the Spirit, and be baptized (wherever baptism can be had) as the outward sign and means of it.


People's Bible Notes for John 3:5


Joh 3:5 Except a man be born of water and [of] the Spirit, etc. Jesus does not reply directly to the question of Nicodemus, but proceeds to give more explicit statement concerning the new birth. One must be born of water and of the Spirit. Whatever this may mean, it will be admitted by all (1) that no one is a member of the kingdom of God until he is born again; (2) that the Savior declares the impossibility of one entering who is not born of water and of the Spirit. All agree that the birth of the Spirit refers to the inward, or spiritual change that takes place, and all candid authorities agree that "born of water" refers to baptism. So Alford, Wesley, Abbot, Whitby, Olshausen, Tholuck, Prof. Wm. Milligan, the Episcopal Prayer Book, the Westminister Confession, the M. E. Discipline, and M. E. Doctrinal Tracts, and also the writers of the early Church all declare. Alford says: ``All attempts to get rid of this have sprung from doctrinal prejudices.'' Abbott says: ``We are to understand Christ as he expected his auditor to understand him. John the Baptist baptized both Jew and Gentile as a sign of purification by repentance from past sins. Nicodemus would then have certainly understood by the expression, "born of water", a reference to this rite of baptism.''

Discussion for John 3:5

  • May God help us. Born of water refers to physical birth, born of flesh see verse 6. Born of Spirit means BORN OF GOD, "for GOD is a SPIRIT and those who worship HIM must worship HIM in SPIRIT and in TRUTH ". NB: water symbolises just like bread and wine at holy communion.
  • I think one thing that 's seems clear in the bible and is so over looked and really puzzles together the purpose of life here on earth is God had Angels that followed Satan at his fall those fallen angels are us. It 's God 's way and plan to bring us back to him. That 's y he says that we are to be born again and of the spirit it 's referring to being created as a fallen Angel into flesh through a mothers womb. There 's a reason the angels are mentioned in the bible and that they followed Satan there 's a connection with that and who we are now and why.
  • Water and the spirit are one not two separate parts. The thief on the cross was baptized with the holy spirit this is why he was not dunked in the water . Now to show this scripture go to john 5:6the spirit the water and the blood all agree in one which is Jesus Christ
  • Arlin Farriester for verse 5
    Born of water means when you are born, look it up born again should be translated born from above.
  • Taheel Shahid for verse 5
    I have a question, Is water baptizem is necessary. as it is written Jesus answered, Uerily, verily I say vnto thee, except a man be borne of water and of the spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdome of God. so what should i do?, should i be baptized, as our brother Zahid say that u will never get Holy Spirit unless UR not baptized by water, Please guide
  • 2ChromeEyes for verse 5
    Given the information in John 3:1-8, I also conclude that when Jesus is telling Nicodemus "Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. ", that he means being born from his mother and born of the Spirit, because Nicodemus asked if a man can enter into his mother 's womb a second time. And Jesus emphasizes, that not ONLY born of water, but ALSO of the Spirit. "that which is born of flesh is flesh and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. So, "born again " means being born of the Spirit. Our new life is not in the flesh, but in the Spirit.