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

  • Vince
    Temptation is not sin, giving in to it is. We must recognize it for what it is and act accordingly
  • Geraldine Cole
    Praise The Lord Jesus
  • Ronald Beal
    Temptation comes from within- we are drawn away, (from the provision of God) when we seek to obtain in our own strength. Lusting is not the temptation to break the Law; Leaving the provision/ power of God and attempting to obtain in our own strength, i.e., Sin. The provision by God is called Faith, all that is not of Faith is Sin, period. Follow "Faith" through the scriptures for confirmation.
  • Bruce
    Temptation is not persecution! Temptation comes from within:V-15.
    Persecution comes from outside Matthew5:10-12,V-11Blessed are ye, when men Shall revile you and persecute you and say all manner of evil against you falsely---.We are Salt and the only Light the world will see Matthew5:13-16.
    Our Savior is the only one coming to town.He has a list of good and bad. Revelations 20.15
  • Lynn
    Count it all joy . . . Every temptation is persecution from the adversary. Satan's goal is to bury the word in the confusion of living. However rejoicing in temptation allow us to remember the word to perform it in the temptation.
  • Angela
    I think verses 12 -15gives a clear explanation about how we fall into temptations. When we leave our fist Love and steer away from the Lord ,the devil is allowed to temped us and the lust of the flesh is weak and we fall and separate ourself from our lord. Spiritually we have a hard time getting back to the Lord because of the consequences of our actions. There is a hope though repenance .

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