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John 3:6

    John 3:6 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    That which has birth from the flesh is flesh, and that which has birth from the Spirit is spirit.

    Webster's Revision

    That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

    World English Bible

    That which is born of the flesh is flesh. That which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

    Clarke's Commentary on John 3:6

    That which is born of the flesh is flesh - This is the answer to the objection made by Nicodemus in John 3:4. Can a man enter the second time into his mother's womb and be born? Our Lord here intimates that, were even this possible, it would not answer the end; for the plant will ever be of the nature of the seed that produces it - like will beget its like. The kingdom of God is spiritual and holy; and that which is born of the Spirit resembles the Spirit; for as he is who begat, so is he who is begotten of him. Therefore, the spiritual regeneration is essentially necessary, to prepare the soul for a holy and spiritual kingdom.

    Barnes' Notes on John 3:6

    That which is born of the flesh - To show the necessity of this change, the Saviour directs the attention of Nicodemus to the natural condition of man. By "that which is born of the flesh" he evidently intends man as he is by nature, in the circumstances of his natural birth. Perhaps, also, he alludes to the question asked by Nicodemus, whether a man could be born when he was old? Jesus tells him that if this could be, it would not answer any valuable purpose; he would still have the same propensities and passions. Another change was therefore indispensable.

    Is flesh - Partakes of the nature of the parent. Compare Genesis 5:3. As the parents are corrupt and sinful, so will be their descendants. See Job 14:4. And as the parents are wholly corrupt by nature, so their children will be the same. The word "flesh" here is used as meaning "corrupt, defiled, sinful." The "flesh" in the Scriptures is often used to denote the sinful propensities and passions of our nature, as those propensities are supposed to have their seat in the animal nature. "The works of the flesh are manifest, which are these: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness," etc., Galatians 5:19-20. See also Ephesians 2:3; 1 Peter 3:21; 1 Peter 2:18; 1 John 2:16; Romans 8:5.

    Is born of the Spirit - Of the Spirit of God, or by the agency of the Holy Spirit.

    Is spirit - Is spiritual, "like" the spirit, that is, holy, pure. Here we learn:

    1. that all men are by nature sinful.

    2. that none are renewed but by the Spirit of God. If man did the work himself, it would he still carnal and impure.

    3. that the effect of the new birth is to make men holy.

    4. and, that no man can have evidence that he is born again who is not holy, and just in proportion as he becomes pure in his life will be the evidence that he is born of the Spirit.

    Wesley's Notes on John 3:6

    3:6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh - Mere flesh, void of the Spirit, yea, at enmity with it; And that which is born of the Spirit is spirit - Is spiritual, heavenly, divine, like its Author.
    Book: John