JOHN 3:1



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“There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:”

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John 3:1 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Greek Meaning/ Definition
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There δὲ But, and, etc There
was Ἦν I (thou, etc.) was (wast or were) was
a man ἄνθρωπος Man-faced, i.e., a human being man
of ἐκ A primary preposition denoting origin (the point whence action or motion proceeds), from, out (of place, time, or cause literal or figurative; direct or remote) of
the τῶν The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) the
Pharisees, Φαρισαίων A separatist, i.e., exclusively religious; a Pharisean, i.e., Jewish sectary Pharisees
named ὄνομα A "name" (literally or figuratively) (authority, character) named
Nicodemus, Νικόδημος Victorious among his people; Nicodemus, an Israelite Nicodemus
a ruler ἄρχων A first (in rank or power) ruler
of Ἰουδαίων· Judaean, i.e., belonging to Jehudah of
the τῶν The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) the
Jews: Ἰουδαίων· Judaean, i.e., belonging to Jehudah Jews

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  • 1  There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:

  • 2  The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.

  • 3  Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.


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