1 John 3:9

“Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Whosoeuer is borne of God, doth not commit sinne: for his seede remaineth in him, and he cannot sinne, because he is borne of God.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

No one who is born of God practices sin, because His seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Whosoever is begotten of God doeth no sin, because his seed abideth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is begotten of God.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Anyone who is a child of God does no sin, because he still has God's seed in him; he is not able to be a sinner, because God is his Father.
- Basic English Bible

Whoever has been begotten of God does not practise sin, because his seed abides in him, and he cannot sin, because he has been begotten of God.
- Darby Bible

Whoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.
- Webster's Bible

No one who is a child of God is habitually guilty of sin. A God-given germ of life remains in him, and he cannot habitually sin--because he is a child of God.
- Weymouth Bible

Whoever is born of God doesn't commit sin, because his seed remains in him; and he can't sin, because he is born of God.
- World English Bible

Ech man that is borun of God, doith not synne; for the seed of God dwellith in hym, and he may not do synne, for he is borun of God.
- Wycliffe Bible

every one who hath been begotten of God, sin he doth not, because his seed in him doth remain, and he is not able to sin, because of God he hath been begotten.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 John 3:9


3:9 Whosoever is born of God - By living faith, whereby God is continually breathing spiritual life into his soul, and his soul is continually breathing out love and prayer to God, doth not commit sin. For the divine seed of loving faith abideth in him; and, so long as it doth, he cannot sin, because he is born of God - Is inwardly and universally changed.


People's Bible Notes for 1 John 3:9


1Jo 3:9 Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin. The thought is that he does not live a life of sin. The spirit born of God, the new creation, does not sin, and cannot sin and remain God's child, but sometimes the old nature revives and for a moment exerts its power. See Ro 7:20. See PNT "1Jo 5:21". For his seed remaineth in him. The principle of divine life, and hence he cannot live a sinful life. And he cannot sin, because he is born of God. "That which is born of the Spirit is spirit" (Joh 3:6). This new nature cannot sin. If we sin, it is the old nature revived. Unless at once we repent and flee to him he will depart from us.

Discussion for 1 John 3

  • Dan
    God is light 1JN 5 1jn 3:24 And he that keepeth his comandments god dwelleth in him and he in God 1Jn 3:23 And this is his commandment that we believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another as he gave commandment do this and you walk in the light which is god
  • Dan
    as he is so are we in this word 1 jn 4: - 17 1 jn 3: -3 he is pure 1 jn 3: -2 we will be like him pure because of our faith heb 11: 1 faith is the substance of things hoped for the evidence of things not seen he that has this hope in him faith purefies himself as he is pure
  • Wayne
    John is addressing this letter to the sons of God, who he calls beloved vv.1-2. Urging them to purify themselves in Christ. According to their hope in Christ. In purifying themselves, and walking in Christ's power, they will know, in their hearts, they are right with God. No condemnation.
  • Bro William
    ...Unless your heart is deceitful and desperately wicked. "Wherein have I sinned?" There is condemnation of those who walk in darkness who say they know God according to their senses. Although their heart condemns them not. LORD, LORD! OPEN UNTO US! "DEPART FROM ME INTO EVERLASTING DARKNESS, "where the worm dieth not and the fire is not quenched, where there is wailing and gnashing of teeth".
  • Wayne
    And v. 21. If our heart doesnt condemn us, then we have confidence toward God. Isn't that great!!!
  • BSP
    Verse 20 shows that no matter what we feel about ourselves, God is greater than our hearts and knows all things.

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