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

  • Son of David
    I don't know if anyone can rest upon his laurels,as this world is famously full of wickid players listening to their own council.Who can claim a covenant old or new. Who told you you were absolved without an "if"attached?Foolish man! Faulty thinkers search for salvation before the judgement! Jesus came a light to the world. He survived! He put Satan in his place but did not vanguish him! Peace
  • Randy
    Did not Jesus say "THY FAITH hath made thee whole! Go in peace...and BE WHOLE! Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both SAVE THYSELF, and them that hear thee." What is the doctrine? Is it not the FULLNESS of what Jesus Christ did for us?! The Old Covenant forgave sin. What does the NEW COVENANT do???
  • Son of David
    If our heart is full and our mind pure, our actions measured, sin is still at the door, and even Peter, warming his hands at the Trial, denied he knew him. Yes, to deny Jesus is the Christ>sin. But to be careless with ones own soul is crazy! The absent from earth Jesus will one day pass judgement but I am sure that self absolving pronouncements are not good enough. The devil will laugh at you.
  • Randy
    So we are not sinners anymore because Jesus took away all our sin. Putting to death the sinful nature be the renewing of our minds...believing the Truth fully. It is the only way we can be Holy to the Lord. And Jesus gets ALL the credit...not our flesh.
  • Wayne
    Jim, Randy, read Romans 6 chapter. Will help you understand the sin nature and our freedom from it. Also, 1 John 3 chapter, whosoever abideth in Him sinneth not, whosoever sinneth hath not seen Him neither known Him. No sin in Heaven. If a person continues sinning, they don't Christ. No one is instantly purified upon death. Appointed unto man once to die then judgment. No salvation afterwards!
  • A disciple
    Jim; Actually Brother, according to the Scriptures, being "born from above" we are given a new nature, and are being made partakers of God's divine nature! Sin shall NOT have dominion over us! That which before held us in darkness under bondage to sins, has been broken to pieces, and we are set free REALLY! If when we are tempted, we break a hedge, then the serpent will bite; but it isn't final!

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