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

  • Emanuel Fernandes
    Don't be a partaker of other men sins this means don't participate in sin or cover it up or look the other way. That sin of omission which is a common sin all Christians are guilty of frequently
  • Mumde
    I thank God for this book, a brother in Christ was teaching about temptations last week and asked the congregation where all thought temptations come from. It was sad to note that most of us including myself were not sure up until the teacher read from James 1 vs 13. I learnt that I need to read the Bible as much often as possible so I don't miss salvation because of ignorance
  • Doris McIntosh
    "keep himself unspotted from the world". Does this not mean that we should not participate in or condone things of the world that we know is sin? People too often say it is just changing times.
    "Be not conformed to this world but rather by the renewing of your mind...". I agree that it is very clear James should be applied to every day living.
  • Athieno morrine
    God is awesome!
  • Mr. Smith
    Victoria. Amen sister. So sad that so many people blame everything that happens to them on God. Stay strong!
  • A disciple
    "But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavers is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed." We are of the world to come which the Lord Jesus brings from the right hand of the Father to establish the world in righteousness and truth and life everlasting. The soundness and solidity of our understanding of this is what makes our faith in Him firmly established and unmovable. We are not uncertain about the truth, that God is! And we are not unstable and flow to the point of least resistance like water but our stability is in the supreme greatness and authority of Him who both created the waters, and walks upon them! Let us strive with all earnestness and determination to let patience have its perfect work in us, that we should not be ashamed at His coming but receive Him with fullness of joy and expectation when He appears.

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