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John 3:4

ESV Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?”
NIV How can someone be born when they are old?' Nicodemus asked. 'Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother's womb to be born!'
NASB Nicodemus *said to Him, 'How can a person be born when he is old? He cannot enter his mother’s womb a second time and be born, can he?'
CSB "How can anyone be born when he is old? " Nicodemus asked him. "Can he enter his mother's womb a second time and be born? "
NLT What do you mean?' exclaimed Nicodemus. 'How can an old man go back into his mother’s womb and be born again?'
KJV Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?
NKJV Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?”

What does John 3:4 mean?

Nicodemus doesn't misinterpret Jesus, or take a physical, literal view of His reference to being "born again." He asks this question because he knows Jesus did not intend a literal meaning. But Nicodemus is confused. Jesus is, in fact, referring to birth, but not a physical one. Rather, this is a spiritual birth.

The term "born again" can become a cliché, but it's an important metaphor. Parents endure pain so their child can be changed and inherit their attributes. God endured our pain, in the form of Jesus on a cross, to give us a new birth (1 Peter 1:3). According to Scripture, being "born again" is an absolute, universal requirement for salvation (John 3:3). The gospel is offered to everyone, yet it is also exclusive: restricted to only a certain group. Only those who put their faith in Christ are saved. The gospel of John repeats this concept several times (John 3:5, 18, 36; 14:6).
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