1 John 3:9

“Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Whosoeuer is borne of God, doth not commit sinne: for his seede remaineth in him, and he cannot sinne, because he is borne of God.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

No one who is born of God practices sin, because His seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Whosoever is begotten of God doeth no sin, because his seed abideth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is begotten of God.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Anyone who is a child of God does no sin, because he still has God's seed in him; he is not able to be a sinner, because God is his Father.
- Basic English Bible

Whoever has been begotten of God does not practise sin, because his seed abides in him, and he cannot sin, because he has been begotten of God.
- Darby Bible

Whoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.
- Webster's Bible

No one who is a child of God is habitually guilty of sin. A God-given germ of life remains in him, and he cannot habitually sin--because he is a child of God.
- Weymouth Bible

Whoever is born of God doesn't commit sin, because his seed remains in him; and he can't sin, because he is born of God.
- World English Bible

Ech man that is borun of God, doith not synne; for the seed of God dwellith in hym, and he may not do synne, for he is borun of God.
- Wycliffe Bible

every one who hath been begotten of God, sin he doth not, because his seed in him doth remain, and he is not able to sin, because of God he hath been begotten.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 John 3:9

3:9 Whosoever is born of God - By living faith, whereby God is continually breathing spiritual life into his soul, and his soul is continually breathing out love and prayer to God, doth not commit sin. For the divine seed of loving faith abideth in him; and, so long as it doth, he cannot sin, because he is born of God - Is inwardly and universally changed.

People's Bible Notes for 1 John 3:9

1Jo 3:9 Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin. The thought is that he does not live a life of sin. The spirit born of God, the new creation, does not sin, and cannot sin and remain God's child, but sometimes the old nature revives and for a moment exerts its power. See Ro 7:20. See PNT "1Jo 5:21". For his seed remaineth in him. The principle of divine life, and hence he cannot live a sinful life. And he cannot sin, because he is born of God. "That which is born of the Spirit is spirit" (Joh 3:6). This new nature cannot sin. If we sin, it is the old nature revived. Unless at once we repent and flee to him he will depart from us.

Discussion for 1 John 3:9

  • I was reading scripture in first john and he says,My little children I write this to you,that you sin not. He says it right there that we as gods children do not sin. Then he says if any man does sin we have an advocate with the father the lord Jesus christ. He is talking about unbelievers. And I will also say that confession of sins is not for believers.we confess our sins when we come to Christ and he washes of ALL unrighteousness and then he imputes his rightiosness.There was gnostics in that church and john was correcting that false doctrine to them.we are dead to the law of sin and of death.we have been freed from sin and we are dead to the law.He who commits sin is of the devil The unbeliever who rejects Christ. He that does righteousness is righteous. He who receives that form of doctrine that was delivered to us by the apostles.us believers. We are not sinners,we were sinners.We are THE RIGHTIOUSNESS OF GOD.
  • There seems, to be a congregation of Job 's friends here, God does allow the unjust to prosper, the wicked do increase, and we do sin. The just do get chastised and we do suffer tribulations as the church. However, the Blood Covers, and God judges through righteousness as He determines, it is the final judgement that counts, as Paul said He is without sin, yet did he not send Steven off to glory?
  • I John 3:9 means that a person who is born of God cannot sin as he has the new nature and is a new creation II Cor. 5:17 According to I Cor. 15:45-49 tells us that their are two "men " in us--the natural Adamic and the spiritual Lord from heaven and the one that cannot sin is the second from heaven. Paul gives this same information in Romans 7 of the two natures abiding in all born again Christians and the flesh is the one that sins and the spiritual sins not as 1 John 3:9 plainly teaches.
  • Kaybaba for verse 9
    hello...what we are talking about here 1john3vs9 must be properly understood.we must know that the real us is the man inside.THE ONE OUTSIDE THAT WE CAN SEE IS NOT US.The man inside cannot sin or make practice of sin once he has accepted Jesus as his lord and personal savior.That is the man God speaks to,he speaks to our spirit man,the real us. Though some of us are not sensitive enough to hear him,cos we have allowed the outward man to dominate us.The inward man and HIS house the outward man are always at war with each other.Devil takes advantage of this and cause those that have not allowed the word of God to richly dwell in them to do things that they are not and make them believe that is who they are.REMEMBER THAT SCRIPTURES DID NOT SAY THAT OUR PHYSICAL BODIES IS BORN OF GOD.
  • Sharlotte for verse 9
    the seed is the holy ghost which is God spirit...children of the flesh these are not the childeren of God but those with the holy spirit they are the sons of God. our promise is the holyghost which is the seed.....be blessed by revelation from God...
  • when a person is born again or has accepted Lord Jesus as his personal saviour thus he has been washed by the word of God which is the seed and that means God comes first in everything he is doing and the word of God is rooted in him it really is impossible for that person to sin for the word of God which is the seed is planted in him and works in him.

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