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John 3:8 LEB

8 The wind blows wherever it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from and where it is going. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit."

Study tools for John 3:8

  • a 3:1 - Literally "the name to him"
  • b 3:2 - *Here both the pronoun and verb are understood in Greek and are supplied in the translation
  • c 3:3 - The same Greek word can mean either "from above" or "again," which allows for the misunderstanding by Nicodemus here; Jesus was speaking of new birth "from above," while Nicodemus misunderstood him to mean a second physical birth
  • d 3:4 - *The negative construction in Greek anticipates a negative answer here, indicated in the translation by the phrase "[can he]"
  • e 3:7 - The same Greek word can mean either "from above" or "again" (see also v. 3)
  • f 3:14 - An allusion to Num 21:5-9
  • g 3:15 - Some interpreters and Bible translations extend the quotation of Jesus' words through v. 21
  • h 3:17 - Or "he should condemn"
  • i 3:18 - Or "condemned"
  • j 3:18 - Or "been condemned"
  • k 3:25 - Some significant early manuscripts read "the Jews"
  • l 3:29 - Literally "with joy"
  • m 3:36 - Some interpreters and Bible translations extend the quotation of John the Baptist's words through v. 36