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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 Bible "Authorized Version", Cambridge Edition
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Other Translations of James 1:18
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)
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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
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.
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