John 2:23-3:11

A. (23) Now when he was in Jerusalem at the passover, in the feast day, many believed in his name, when they saw the miracles which he did. (24) But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men, (25) And needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man.

B’ 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.

C.(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.

D.(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?

E.(5) Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

D.(6) That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

C’. (7) Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. (8)The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.

B’. (9) Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be? (10) Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master (teacher) of Israel, and knowest not these things?

A’.(11) Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness.


One thought on “John 2:23-3:11”

  1. We have already seen many chiastic structures in this gospel and in this very important chapter in John it is fitting that these salient words of Jesus are at its centre. The chiasm is supported well on either side of its reflective symmetry and adds further weight to the tenor of Christ’s words

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