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

  • A disciple
    Hi Kevin; Jesus is called the Son of God because He was divinely implanted in the womb of the virgin, when the Power of the Highest overshadowed her. Jesus is also called the Son of man because He came in the flesh. And His name shall be called, Wonderful, Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace; King of Kings and Lord of Lords, and ther Judge of all the earth.
  • Ann
    The Son of man is our LORD Jesus Christ, when he dwelt on earth. Son of man is mentioned 196 times in the pure KJV bible. Here are a couple of scriptures to read. Luke 22:69 - Luke 24:7
  • Kevin
    John 1:51 If Jesus is the Son of God then who is the Son of man?
  • Steve morrow
    2 CORINTHIANS 3:6 who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament not of the letter but of the spirit for the letter killeth but the spirit giveth life --3:7--but if the ministration of death written and engraven in stones was glorious so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of moses for the glory of his countenance which glory was to be done away
  • Steve morrow
    2CORINTHIANS 3:8 how shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious-3:9-for if the ministration of condemnation be glory much more does the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory-3:10-for even that which was made glorious had no glory in this respect by reason of the glory that excelleth-3:11-for if that which is done away was glorious much more that which remaineth is glorious
  • Steve morrow
    HEBREWS 7:11 if therefore perfection were by a levitical priesthood for under it the people received the law what further need was there that another priest should rise after the order of melchisedec and not be called after the order of aaron --7:12--for the priesthood being changed there is made of necessity a change also of the law