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

  • Wayne
    Behold what manner of love the Father hath bestode upon us that we should be called the sons of God. Keep this in our hearts and minds everyday. Ephesians 3:26 also.
  • Charl
    The new commandment is not in replacement of the old but in addition to. How wonderful how marvelous
    God loves even me!
  • Wayne
    Ben, the whole reading is to show love to the brethren in physical works. Not just saying I love the brethren but to share with those in need with our abundance. Verse 17 states this. One whose has plenty is to relieve the need of another. To God this is a perfect fit. Before salvation, we are sinners. God is sinless. So we, in our need, ask God for his relieve for our sinfulness.
  • Lu2677
    V. 18; Wholesome words are important. Many people speak words of love but there are no deeds of love. What this does is expose them, they are not in the truth. Jesus is the way the truth and the life.
  • Ben Redding
    Why do you suppose in vs 18 he says both Love not in word and tongue as a word has to come from the tongue?
  • Randy
    People have been taught and are still being taught that 'the flesh' counts for something. It does not. Make no provision for the flesh. Jesus condemned sin in the flesh for us. The veil has been done away in Christ. Whether knowledge of the doctrine of truth is from seeking diligently or is a revelation of God....I don't know. I tend to think it is both. HIS eyes seek someone to bless!

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