John 3:8

The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations for John 3:8

The winde bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tel whence it commeth, and whither it goeth: So is euery one that is borne of the Spirit.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

The wind bloweth where it will, and thou hearest the voice thereof, but knowest not whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.
- American Standard Version (1901)

The wind goes where its pleasure takes it, and the sound of it comes to your ears, but you are unable to say where it comes from and where it goes: so it is with everyone whose birth is from the Spirit.
- Basic English Bible

The wind blows where it will, and thou hearest its voice, but knowest not whence it comes and where it goes: thus is every one that is born of the Spirit.
- Darby Bible

The wind bloweth where it will, and thou hearest the sound of it, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.
- Webster's Bible

The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it is going. So is it with every one who has been born of the Spirit."
- Weymouth Bible

The wind blows where it wants to, and you hear its sound, but don't know where it comes from and where it is going. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit."
- World English Bible

The spirit brethith where he wole, and thou herist his vois, but thou wost not, fro whennus he cometh, ne whidir he goith; so is ech man that is borun of the spirit.
- Wycliffe Bible

the Spirit where he willeth doth blow, and his voice thou dost hear, but thou hast not known whence he cometh, and whither he goeth; thus is every one who hath been born of the Spirit.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible Commentary for John 3:8

Wesley's Notes for John 3:8

3:8 The wind bloweth - According to its own nature, not thy will, and thou hearest the sound thereof - Thou art sure it doth blow, but canst not explain the particular manner of its acting. So is every one that is born of the Spirit - The fact is plain, the manner of his operations inexplicable.

People's Bible Notes for John 3:8

Joh 3:8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, etc. Most commentators have held that this means: "As the wind moves mysteriously, so does the Spirit, and it breathes upon whom it will, effecting the inward change called the birth of the Spirit arbitrarily". This view I believe due to a wrong translation, sanctioned, not by Greek, but by current theology. Let it be noted that: (1) Exactly the same Greek term "pneuma" is rendered "wind" and "Spirit" in this verse. It is a violation of all law that the same word should experience so radical a change of meaning in the same sentence. (2) That the word "pneuma" is not translated "wind" elsewhere, although it occurs scores of times in the New Testament, but is always rendered "Spirit". (3) Another word in the Greek, "anemos", is usually used to represent "wind". (4) The erroneous idea creates a confusion of figures. It makes Christ to say: "The wind bloweth where it listeth; so is (not the Spirit, but) every one born of the Spirit". It affirms of him who is born just what is affirmed of the wind, a thing the Savior never did. These facts are sufficient to show that the rendering "wind" is wrong. All we have to do is to translate "pneuma" here, as is done in the latter part of the verse and elsewhere in the New Testament. The verse then reads: "The Spirit ("pneuma") breathes where it pleases and thou hearest the voice thereof, but canst not tell whence it comes nor whither it goes. So (by hearing its voice) is every one born of the Spirit" ("pneuma"). The meaning is: The Spirit breathes where it wills and you recognize its manifestation by its voice; by the words spoken by men of God as the Holy Spirit gives them utterance. You cannot tell whence the Spirit comes to whither it goes, but you can hear its voice when it does come. "So", by hearing the voice of the Spirit is every one born of the Spirit. He who receives by faith the communications of the Spirit is born of the Spirit. The birth of the Spirit is not the same thing as the gift of the Spirit. To those who are born of the Spirit is given. "'Because' ye are sons, God hath sent the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father" (Ga 4:6). Hence, in harmony with the above view, Peter says, "Being born again, not by corruptible seed, but incorruptible, through the word of God, which liveth and abideth forever" (1Pe 1:23).

Discussion for John 3

  • Sarah on John 3:8
    What I believe about salvation is this. It's like what my pastor said, which you can look him on YouTube or Facebook, Bryce Vandiver, unless you live in Granbury then go visit Bible Baptist Church in Granbury on Wednesday nights and Sunday morning s at 10 An Sunday school, 11 AM morning service and 2pm in the afternoons and 7pm on Wednesday nights, but it's like he said that we can not earn our way into heaven by our good works. I believe when I was a sinner that The Holy Spirit, God, or Jesus told me I wasn't saved and I believed I wasn't and came to Christ. Then, as a newborn baby in Him, I wanted to do everything Godly and righteous. I do believe there is no such thing as a second chance, but I do believe God gives us so many opportunities to accept His son and then there comes one last opportunity that He speaks to our hearts and we either take it or don't. I can say I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, but it doesn't mean anything unless on purpose I act on faith by saying what I believe. The scriptures says It is by faith through grace we are saved. But it also says to be a doer and not hearer only. Now, we are not perfect because we are not God, but I believe we should try to make ammends with God and the people we have failed. And people we love fail us too. So let's forgive, forget, move ahead and remember God is judge.
  • Chris - in Reply on John 3:8
    That was a great statement of Truth & your belief on salvation & the Christian life that you shared, & it certainly augers well for your Pastor Bryce in his clear ministry to each of you who meet there. And we can take confidence in the fact that its "Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost" (Titus 3:5). There was nothing, absolutely nothing, we could do to contribute to this great Work of Salvation gifted to us through Jesus Christ. It's all of Grace made effectual by faith: and this whole 'deal' (i.e. grace through faith) is God's Gift to us. We needed both from Him: His Grace & His Gift of Faith - nothing we could generate from our corrupt sinful selves - it's all from Him and all for Him.

    Walk confidently & in holiness, in the joy of your Lord, my dear sister.
  • Johnny on John 3:8
    Is. 7:14 a sign is given by the lord himself a virgin shall conceive and bear a son and his name shall be called Immanuel.

    The born again experience is the sign that you are born from above. As Jesus spoke of course he is the pattern man and he come to full fill scripture so are we as imitators of God, he's said the spirit moves were is hear the voice of it but you don't know where and how it comes, So is EVERYONE BORN OF SPIRIT.

    The virgin Birth is experienced by EVERYONE BORN IN SPIRIT, as it not born of a flesh of a women but is a spiritual birth( virgin birth).

    It did not just happen 2000 years ago to the patterned man (son of man) but is being happening and experiencing in the now today. I have experienced it my daughter has experienced it my mother and a few others I have spoken to.

    Paul calls our religion a mystery not history. For history are known facts recorded you may like them or not but it's history, a mystery is something to be discovered and experienced. The mystery of the new birth or born again or I sum it up as being born from above is this , you are the Virgin Mary your skull is the holy womb of man.

    The child (THE SIGN) is literally born from above and from the skull. It is spiritual and when it happens it will happen in a dream or in vision.the sound of wind is heard or loud voices as my daughter experienced it. She is 12 yrs old by the way, she said it was so loud the voices or wind it was irritating and you can't stop it, then pop out comes the child wrapped in a blanket there are people around watching you as witnesses people you know are there, she picked up the child and walked away and the dream or vision vanish. It is invisible but afterwards the change in that person is undoubtedly and undisputed and undeniable changed. The righteous man is born in him. This Born from above or born again experienced and the sign that it happens is a child is born from a virgin. The lord himself gives the sign.
  • Andrew on John 3:8
    A righteous man is like the wind, you can 'nt say this way or that way. But one thing is certain, His coming.
  • Ken on John 3:8
    the wind blow where ever it want thats freedom...if you got to be born again that means you got to be free like the wind and mark-you what Jesus says the truth will set you if you got to be born again you have to accept the truth bout life in general we need to dig into life,s concepts that are proven 100 now thats the truth and none can chance it the truth about ourselves who we really are lets not classify ourselves into groups but focus on ourselves for example you can be good,bad ,quiet ,loud trust me nature is balanced and you cant change these traits but you can co exit with the really well if you accept them because that what they are now that the truth you got to accept but if you don,t then you can never be free like the wind
  • Arogundade Tolulope on John 3:8
    No one can basically say how we get born again but we know we are. No one can tell the source of the wind too but we know it comes from somewhere and it exists! Indescribable but Undeniable...dat about sums it up!
  • Javid on John 3:8
    In the end, the only conformation of being blown upon by the spirit of the most high God is a constant submissive lifestyle towards Him, recognising you 're but trees before Him, dead, without use and importance. And that God has given you the ability to put sense to your life. If you have any other idea of who you 're and were, your need is to lament before the Lord and ask Him to save you...
  • Tim on John 3:8
    Richard 's comments fly in the face of the Greek. The Lord never wished to refer to the wind in this utterance merely to the Spirit of God. Spirit and Wind are denoted by different words in the Greek either Pneuma or Anemos respectively as we are informed in the Notes. Further, the old English word "listeth " does not mean to move, but to wish. Thus, the Spirit moves wherever It wishes.
  • Sibongile on John 3:8
    Today the Holy Spirit led me to read Joh 3 4 was like I had never read it before.then verse 8 was confusing,Holy Spirit brought me to this my eyes are opened and I praise God for the knowledge I have aquired here.
  • Angel on John 3:8
    I would like to thank Richard for his insight on this verse. He put a entirely new way of explaining it that is detailed and yet so easy to understand in a much easier way. I knew basically what the verse meant but could not put it into words but the way he worded it and the examples given is so clear. Thank you.


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