The New Birth

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John 3:6–13 (Listen)

That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.1 Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You2 must be born again.’ The wind3 blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

Nicodemus said to him, “How can these things be?” 10 Jesus answered him, “Are you the teacher of Israel and yet you do not understand these things? 11 Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak of what we know, and bear witness to what we have seen, but you4 do not receive our testimony. 12 If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you heavenly things? 13 No one has ascended into heaven except he who descended from heaven, the Son of Man.5


[1] 3:6 The same Greek word means both wind and spirit
[2] 3:7 The Greek for you is plural here
[3] 3:8 The same Greek word means both wind and spirit
[4] 3:11 The Greek for you is plural here; also four times in verse 12
[5] 3:13 Some manuscripts add who is in heaven


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