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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

  • Behold the Lamb of God
    What sin? Men do not take away sin. It takes blood. Jesus takes away sin. The Saved had their sins taken away and are free from the law of sin and death. Sin is a transgression of law. SO by which law will you call sin? No man is justified by law in the sight of God, un fact it made all guilty who were under it needing Jesus. What makes us think anyone will be justified if we measure them by it? Again,which law? Galatians 5:18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. ---No higher law. Romans 8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. Sin? You've got to be kidding me if you're calling sin on the saved. They are "IN HIM". 1 John 3:5 And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins and in him is no sin. Thank you Jesus.
  • M.O.G
    The comments that i have read seem to all speak of the passages of scripture about Love, which is GREAT! but lets not neglect the verses that deal with Sin. We use the excuse that were not perfect to much. But these scriptures don't say whether your perfect or not to not sin. They stress the point not too and to purify ourselves from sin. Which is a process but not an excuse for sinning willfully. Vs.6 should cause us to strive more to be like Jesus so we can say we know Him. Vs.9 speaks volumes to me and should everyone in Christ. Let our Love for Christ and others cause US to walk upright till His return. Let's talk about all that the chapter discusses to not omit any of the Word. God Bless
    The word LOVE is better spelt and pronounced when it is backed up with action just like our LORD savior JESUS CHRIST did on the cross of Calvary for every mankind. Let every child of God try to emulate Him and show LOVE in like manner to our fellow human beings.
  • MockingBird for verse 16
    I also believe that God is saying here that we ought to lay our lives down : take up His cross and follow Jesus : Greater works than these shall ye do : meaning , more of the same : because I go to my Father and yours : His commandments are not greveious :We can do what God says for us to do because He left Holy Spirit within us to help us !!! Praise God !!!
  • Lilian
    Amen...We have to obey God's words and his commandments for God is our God who saves us and gave his life for us so that we may have life in abundance. This is our only God we served thru Jesus Christ. Thank you Lord Jesus for your blood that shed for us. Your precious blood are more than enough to forgive and washed our sins. By your blood we have life..Praised you Lord forever for you are worthy to be praised. Amen
  • BEhold the Lamb of God
    John madden? Behold the Lamb of God. See what He makes you in this next verse. Only He does that! Not us. And when He does you are FREE FROM SIN. Note who "made" us that and thank HIM. MADE! The "end" is written which means non negotiable for those MADE this. This information was written to them. FAITH is never doubt. BEHOLD the LAMB as John instructed, He was sent to bear witness to the true light and what did he say the Lamb does? See your end if reborn: ...Romans 6:22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.

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