JOHN 3:2

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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“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.”

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John 3:2 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Greek Meaning/ Definition
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The same οὗτος The he (she or it), i.e., this or that (often with article repeated) same
came ἦλθεν To come or go (in a great variety of applications, literally and figuratively) came
to πρὸς A preposition of direction; forward to, i.e., toward (with the genitive case, the side of, i.e., pertaining to; with the dative case, by the side of, i.e., near to; usually with the accusative case, the place, time, occasion, or respect, which is the destination of the relation, i.e., whither or for which it is predicated) to
Jesus Ἰησοῦν Jesus (i.e., Jehoshua), the name of our Lord and two (three) other Israelites Jesus
by night, νυκτὸς "night" (literally or figuratively) night
and καὶ And, also, even, so then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words and
said εἶπεν To speak or say (by word or writing) said
unto him, αὐτῷ The reflexive pronoun self, used (alone or in the comparative G1438) of the third person, and (with the proper personal pronoun) of the other persons unto him
Rabbi, Ῥαββί My master, i.e Rabbi, as an official title of honor Rabbi
we know οἴδαμεν Used only in certain past tenses, the others being borrowed from the equivalent G3700 and G3708; properly, to see (literally or figuratively); by implication, (in the perfect tense only) to know know
that ὅτι Demonstrative, that (sometimes redundant); causative, because that
thou art ἐλήλυθας To come or go (in a great variety of applications, literally and figuratively) art
a teacher διδάσκαλος· An instructor (genitive case or specially) teacher
come ἐλήλυθας To come or go (in a great variety of applications, literally and figuratively) come
from ἀπὸ "off," i.e., away (from something near), in various senses (of place, time, or relation; literal or figurative) from
God: θεοῦ A deity, especially (with G3588) the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; exceedingly (by Hebraism) God
for γὰρ Properly, assigning a reason (used in argument, explanation or intensification; often with other particles) for
no man οὐδεὶς Not even one (man, woman or thing), i.e., none, nobody, nothing no man
can δύναται To be able or possible can
do ποιεῖν To make or do (in a very wide application, more or less direct) do
these ταῦτα These things these
miracles σημεῖα An indication, especially ceremonially or supernaturally miracles
that The relatively (sometimes demonstrative) pronoun, who, which, what, that that
thou σὺ Thou thou
doest, ποιεῖς To make or do (in a very wide application, more or less direct) doest
except μὴ (adverb) not, (conjunction) lest; also (as an interrogative implying a negative answer (whereas G3756 expects an affirmative one)) whether except
God θεὸς A deity, especially (with G3588) the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; exceedingly (by Hebraism) God
be (may, might, can, could, would, should, must, etc.; also with G1487 and its comparative, as well as with other particles) be be
with μετ' Properly, denoting accompaniment; "amid" (local or causal); modified variously according to the case (genitive association, or accusative succession) with which it is joined; occupying an intermediate position between G0575 or G1537 and G1519 or G4314; less intimate than G1722 and less close than G4862) with
him. αὐτοῦ The reflexive pronoun self, used (alone or in the comparative G1438) of the third person, and (with the proper personal pronoun) of the other persons him

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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.

  • 4  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?




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