John 1:12

“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

But as many as receiued him, to them gaue hee power to become the sonnes of God, euen to them that beleeue on his Name:
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, {even} to those who believe in His name,
- New American Standard Version (1995)

But as many as received him, to them gave he the right to become children of God, `even' to them that believe on his name:
- American Standard Version (1901)

To all those who did so take him, however, he gave the right of becoming children of God--that is, to those who had faith in his name:
- Basic English Bible

but as many as received him, to them gave he [the] right to be children of God, to those that believe on his name;
- Darby Bible

But as many as received him, to them he gave power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
- Webster's Bible

But all who have received Him, to them--that is, to those who trust in His name--He has given the privilege of becoming children of God;
- Weymouth Bible

But as many as received him, to them he gave the right to become God's children, to those who believe in his name:
- World English Bible

But hou many euer resseyueden hym, he yaf to hem power to be maad the sones of God, to hem that bileueden in his name; the whiche not of bloodis,
- Wycliffe Bible

but as many as did receive him to them he gave authority to become sons of God -- to those believing in his name,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for John 1:12


1:12 But as many as received him - Jews or Gentiles; that believe on his name - That is, on him. The moment they believe, they are sons; and because they are sons, God sendeth forth the Spirit of his Son into their hearts, crying, Abba, Father.


People's Bible Notes for John 1:12


Joh 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God. The Revised Version reads, "children of God", which is better. While the nation rejected him, some received him. To such as receive him in every age he gives power to become the children of God. The manner in which he is received is given: [Even] to them that believe on his name. It is not declared that they are made children by believing, but to the believer he gives the "power to 'become'" a child. When one believes in Christ, his faith becomes a power to lead him to yield himself to God and to receive the Word into his heart.

Discussion for John 1

  • Daniel
    This wonderful book begins by unveiling the Person of Jesus Christ as being Almighty God. He is the God of Israel, and the Elohim, the Creator of heaven and the earth. He is the God of Israel, but Israel did not receive Him (as their Messiah). As many as received Him, he gives them a divine birth. I note this is 'not by bloods' speaking of the blood of offerings, (geneology is seed, i.e the cross
  • Amankwaa Solomon
    The name of God who was in the old testament is Jesus Christ in the new testament just as John is saying . Look at what Paul about Him in 1st Timothy 3:16 God revealed Himself in fresh ... Also , John 1:14 . Jesus is the father ,son and the Holy Ghost . He created the world and human beings .
  • Irene123
    To Jeanette - I saw your 'thank-you' on here; thank-you for your acknowledgment. The Lord Jesus bless you and yours this Holiday season; may He keep you all safe, in JESUS name, AMEN!!
  • Jeannette
    *Thank you Jesus. Please give note to the one who sent this to my email I appreciate that as well. Watch over her kindly. Amen.
  • Rev Autrey
    Again, when John says that Jesus (the Word) is God he is not speaking in vacuum. He knew from reading the Scriptures that the one he baptized was God. Isa. 12:2 reads, "See, God has come to save me! I will trust and not be afraid, for the Lord is my strength and song; he is my salvation. And guess what! That's what the name Jesus means, "the God who saves" or "God save me."
  • Rev Autrey
    Again, if John says "and the Word (meaning Jesus) was God," then Jesus is God. Let's believe what John tells us and stop trying to come up with some way to say that he is not. This is why Paul tells us in Romans 10 that "we must confess that Jesus is Lord (meaning the Lord or the God) to be saved. Let's sum it up this way: Jesus and God are the same. That is to say, Jesus is God's name.