James 1:18

“Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Of his owne will begate hee vs, with the word of Trueth, that wee should bee a kinde of first fruites of his creatures.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

In the exercise of His will He brought us forth by the word of truth, so that we would be a kind of first fruits among His creatures.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Of his purpose he gave us being, by his true word, so that we might be, in a sense, the first-fruits of all the things which he had made.
- Basic English Bible

According to his own will begat he us by the word of truth, that we should be a certain first-fruits of *his* creatures.
- Darby Bible

Of his own will he hath begotten us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of first-fruits of his creatures.
- Webster's Bible

In accordance with His will He made us His children through the Message of the truth, so that we might, in a sense, be the Firstfruits of the things which He has created.
- Weymouth Bible

Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of first fruits of his creatures.
- World English Bible

For wilfulli he bigat vs bi the word of treuthe, that we be a bigynnyng of his creature.
- Wycliffe Bible

having counselled, He did beget us with a word of truth, for our being a certain first-fruit of His creatures.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for James 1:18


1:18 Of his own will - Most loving, most free, most pure, just opposite to our evil desire, #Jas 1:15|. Begat he us - Who believe. By the word of truth - The true word, emphatically so termed; the gospel. That we might be a kind of first - fruits of his creatures - Christians are the chief and most excellent of his visible creatures; and sanctify the rest. Yet he says, A kind of - For Christ alone is absolutely the first - fruits.


People's Bible Notes for James 1:18


Jas 1:18 Of his own will begat he us. Not in caprice, but our birth as children of God was due to his eternal will. That we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures. The early converts are often called first fruits of the gospel.

Discussion for James 1

  • Jamer nix
    i think its very inspiration to me.
  • Michelle
    I was wondering where to start reading today. God brought me to the Comment Section and I found James. What a blessing to my heart.
  • Lisa
    James reminds me that we all must align our thoughts and actions with the word of God. We must awaken our inner man to the truth. It also reminds me that we have a loving father who is willing to give us wisdom to help us in our every day lives. We don't have to cary unecessary burdens.
  • Diane
    Bless the Lord all my soul, and all that is within me. The book of James help me to understand the power and faith God. Has given me and my bothers, sister's in christ. It teaches us to hold on no matter what the storm looks like. We are overcomers , if we hold on . Also to my brother Raymond Marrero i.am praying for your wife Sonia tell her this is just a test for a testimony God bles
  • Jack hughes
    Amen,God is the almighty!!
  • MockingBird
    One Good and Perfect gift from God is Jesus Christ !!! His Word : Holy Spirit : He gives to all that want Him : He will not push Himself on nobody . All other : We live in a imperfect world : Therefore any Good and Perfect gift we get in this world is from God !!!

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