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

  • Derek
    Keep the two great commandments and believe in Christ and the one who sent him and join you life to that of God. In so doing you will have eternal life.
  • Wayne
    It seems you are stretching and creating something other than the simple Word of God. Which is easily understood by all.
  • Debra
    'To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction' means to 'visit, speak the true gospel' to men/women who do not yet know their Loving Father in Heaven, and to 'visit, speak the true gospel' to the men/women who are 'widowed, dead in Christ, separated from the union with Christ' meaning those who are not yet prepared, or have lost their way, to meet the bridegroom, Christ. Spiritually Lost
  • Charlie
    Amen to what William said. We HAVE and NEED to pray before reading God's Word to ask the Lord to help us read what we are reading, to gleen from His Word His goodness and mercy and His love for us. There is nothing like being with The Lord in spirit Especially in the morning first thing. Amen.
  • Kevin
    For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:
    24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.
  • Venus Mosley
    James has cool wisdom that we can discuss! In the word's of God's Holy Spirit!
    Grace be unto you, the words can save our spiritual hearts!

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