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

  • Whizzer4
    James is very clear at whose feet blame falls in temptation. People that say the devil made me do it are simply endeavoring to transfer their sin to him. Temptation can not be avoided, how ever our response to it determines whether it becomes sin. A lot of Christians give satan far too much credit when in reality We are the ones responsible for our own actions.



  • Jerry Herndon
    I like how the book of James contains to every day of our life. Not just yesterday.
  • Insight777
    V27, Stephen visited and fed the Jewish fatherless and widows that were neglected by the Jews. Pure in heart, with kindness and charity, Stephen was not only helping Christians but also those in need under the dominance of other religions. Jewish religion and Christianity are not the same religion.
  • Donna Cromb
    Verse 13: God doesn't tempt man is very clear, test yes, but tempt no. Neither does the devil make man do sin, our own desires of the flesh are what lead a person down the road to destruction, verse 14. Faith is more than saying, I believe so I am saved. It takes a deep conviction that is strong enough to change conduct befitting God and saying no to temptation of our own bodies to sin, obedience
  • Lu2677
    James 1:21"receive with meekness the engrafted word which is able to save your souls. The "engrafted word", is all 66 books of Holy Writ. The"engrafted word" is not what some teach that there are only certain parts that pertain to salvation. I think they call it "fundamentals, and essentials doctrine" Be not deceived.
  • Geraldine cole
    U right temptation is not sin .sin come in when we desire a thing or person then we act on it .Remember when Sadan tried to Temp Jesus he did not do what Sadan wanted him to do but he did speak a word on him.letting us no we must reburk Temptation .temptations will come we must be able to ID the source And remember Jesus Dont Temp anyone so the source will be Flesh or Sadan Praise the Lord .

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