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John 3:10

    John 3:10 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things?

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Jesus answered and said to him, Are you a master of Israel, and know not these things?

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou the teacher of Israel, and understandest not these things?

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And Jesus, answering, said, Are you the teacher of Israel and have no knowledge of these things?

    Webster's Revision

    Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou the teacher of Israel, and understandest not these things?

    World English Bible

    Jesus answered him, "Are you the teacher of Israel, and don't understand these things?

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou the teacher of Israel, and understandest not these things?

    Definitions for John 3:10

    Art - "Are"; second person singular.

    Clarke's Commentary on John 3:10

    Art thou a master of Israel, etc. - Hast thou taken upon thee to guide the blind into the way of truth; and yet knowest not that truth thyself? Dost thou command proselytes to be baptized with water, as an emblem of a new birth; and art thou unacquainted with the cause, necessity, nature, and effects of that new birth? How many masters are there still in Israel who are in this respect deplorably ignorant; and, strange to tell, publish their ignorance and folly in the sight of the sun, by writing and speaking against the thing itself! It is strange that such people cannot keep their own secret.

    "But water baptism is this new birth." No. Jesus tells you, a man must be born of water and the Spirit; and the water, and its effects upon the body, differ as much from this Spirit, which it is intended to represent, and the effects produced in the soul, as real fire does from painted flame.

    "But I am taught to believe that this baptism is regeneration." Then you are taught to believe a falsity. The Church of England, in which perhaps you are a teacher or a member, asks the following questions, and returns the subjoined answers.

    "Q. How many sacraments hath Christ ordained in his Church?"

    "A. Two only, as generally necessary to salvation, that is to say, baptism and the supper of the Lord."

    "Q. How many parts are there in a sacrament?"

    "A. Two. The outward visible sign, and the inward spiritual grace."

    "Q. What is the outward visible sign, or form, in baptism?"

    "A. Water, wherein the person is baptized, In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost."

    "Q. What is the inward and spiritual grace?"

    "A. A death unto sin, and a new birth unto righteousness; for being by nature born in sin, and the children of wrath, we are hereby made the children of grace."

    Now, I ask, Whereby are such persons made the children of grace? Not by the water, but by the death unto sin, and the new birth unto righteousness: i.e. through the agency of the Holy Ghost, sin is destroyed, and the soul filled with holiness.

    Barnes' Notes on John 3:10

    A master of Israel - A "teacher" of Israel; the same word that in the second verse is translated "teacher." As such a teacher he ought to have understood this doctrine. It was not new," but was clearly taught in the Old Testament. See particularly Psalm 51:10, Psalm 51:16-17; Ezekiel 11:19; Ezekiel 36:26. It may seem surprising that a man whose business it was to teach the people should be a stranger to so plain and important a doctrine; but when worldly-minded men are placed in offices of religion when they seek those offices for the sake of ease or reputation, it is no wonder that they are strangers to the plain truths of the Bible; and there have been many, and there are still, who are in the ministry itself, to whom the plainest doctrines of the gospel are obscure. No man can understand the Bible fully unless he is a humble Christian, and the easiest way to comprehend the truths of religion is to give the heart to God and live to his glory. A child thus may have more real knowledge of the way of salvation than many who are pretended masters and teachers of Israel, John 7:17; Matthew 11:25; Psalm 8:2, compared with Matthew 21:16.

    Of Israel - Of the Jews; of the Jewish nation.
    Book: John