Parallel Verses

International Standard Version

In accordance with his will he made us his children by the word of truth, so that we might become the most important of his creatures.

New American Standard Bible

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.

King James Version

Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.

Holman Bible

By His own choice, He gave us a new birth by the message of truth so that we would be the firstfruits of His creatures.

A Conservative Version

Having deliberated, he begot us by the word of truth for us to be a certain first fruit of his creatures.

American Standard Version

Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.

Amplified

And it was of His own [free] will that He gave us birth [as sons] by [His] Word of Truth, so that we should be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures [a sample of what He created to be consecrated to Himself].

An Understandable Version

It was God's purpose to bring us into being [spiritually] by the message of truth, so that we could become a kind of "firstfruits" of those He created. [Note: "Firstfruits" here suggests either that Christians are the best of all of God's creatures (Num. 18:12), or that they were the first to be converted, with many more to come].

Anderson New Testament

Of his own will, he begot us with the word of truth, in order that we might be, as it were, the first-fruits of his creatures.

Bible in Basic English

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.

Common New Testament

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.

Daniel Mace New Testament

'tis he that has voluntarily renew'd us by the oracles of truth, that we might be the first converts of the new creation.

Darby Translation

According to his own will begat he us by the word of truth, that we should be a certain first-fruits of his creatures.

Godbey New Testament

Of his own will begat he us by the word of truth, that we should be some first fruit of his creations.

Goodspeed New Testament

Of his own accord he brought us into being through the message of truth, so that we might be a kind of first-fruits among his creatures.

John Wesley New Testament

Of his own will begat he us by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of first fruits of his creatures.

Jubilee 2000 Bible

He, of his own will, has begotten us with the word of truth, that we should be the firstfruits of his creatures.

Julia Smith Translation

Having willed he brought forth by the word of truth, for us to be some first fruit of his creatures.

King James 2000

Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.

Lexham Expanded Bible

[By his] will he gave birth to us through the message of truth, so that we should be a kind of first fruits of his creatures.

Modern King James verseion

Of His own will He brought us forth with the Word of truth, for us to be a certain firstfruit of His creatures.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

Of his own will begat he us with the word of life, that we should be the first fruits of his creatures.

Moffatt New Testament

It was his own will that we should be born by the Word of the truth, to be a kind of firstfruits among his creatures.

Montgomery New Testament

Because he willed, he gave us birth through the word of truth, so that we should be a kind of first-fruits among his creatures.

NET Bible

By his sovereign plan he gave us birth through the message of truth, that we would be a kind of firstfruits of all he created.

New Heart English 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.

Noyes New Testament

Of his own will he begot us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.

Sawyer New Testament

Of his own will begat he us by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of first fruit of his creatures.

The Emphasized Bible

Because he was so minded, he hath brought us forth with a word of truth, to the end we should be a sort of firstfruit of his creatures

Thomas Haweis New Testament

Of his own choice he produced us by the word of truth, that we might be a sort of first fruit of his creatures.??19 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath.

Twentieth Century New Testament

Because he so willed, he gave us Life, through the Message of the Truth, so that we should be, as it were, an earnest of still further creations.

Webster

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.

Weymouth New Testament

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.

Williams New Testament

In accordance with His will He made us His children by the message of truth, that we might be a kind of first fruits among His creatures.

World English 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.

Worrell New Testament

Having willed it, He brought us forth with a word of truth, that we might be a certain first-fruit of His creatures.

Worsley New Testament

who hath of his own will begotten us by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of first-fruits of his creatures.

Youngs Literal Translation

having counselled, He did beget us with a word of truth, for our being a certain first-fruit of His creatures.

Verse Picture

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
Of his own will
βούλομαι 
Boulomai 
will, would, be minded, intend, be disposed, be willing, list, of his own will
Usage: 31

begat he
ἀποκυέω 
Apokueo 
Usage: 2

us
ἡμᾶς 
hemas 
us, we, our, us-ward 9, not tr
Usage: 170

with the word
λόγος 
Logos 
word, saying, account, speech, Word , thing, not tr,
Usage: 256

of truth
ἀλήθεια 
Aletheia 
Usage: 87

that we
ἡμᾶς 
hemas 
us, we, our, us-ward 9, not tr
Usage: 170

should be
εἶναι 
Einai 
to be, be, was, is, am, are, were, not tr,
Usage: 97

a kind
τίς 
Tis 
Usage: 373

ἀπαρχή 
Aparche 
Usage: 8

of his

Usage: 0

Devotionals

Devotionals about James 1:18

Images James 1:18

Prayers for James 1:18

Context Readings

Testing And Tempting

17 Every generous act of giving and every perfect gift is from above and comes down from the Father who made the heavenly lights, in whom there is no inconsistency or shifting shadow. 18 In accordance with his will he made us his children by the word of truth, so that we might become the most important of his creatures. 19 You must understand this, my dear brothers. Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.



Cross References

1 Peter 1:23

For you have been born again, not by a seed that perishes but by one that cannot perish by the living and everlasting word of God.

John 1:13

who were born, not merely in a genetic sense, nor from lust, nor from man's desire, but from the will of God.

Revelation 14:4

They have not defiled themselves with women, for they are virgins, and they follow the lamb wherever he goes. They have been redeemed from among humanity as the first fruits for God and the lamb.

Jeremiah 2:3

Israel was consecrated to the LORD, she was the first fruits of his produce. All who devoured her became guilty and disaster came on them," declares the LORD.'"

Ephesians 1:12

so that we who had already fixed our hope on the Messiah might live for his praise and glory.

1 Peter 1:3

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus, the Messiah! Because of his great mercy he has granted us a new birth, resulting in an immortal hope through the resurrection of Jesus, the Messiah, from the dead

Leviticus 23:10

"Tell the Israelis that when you enter the land that I'm about to give you and gather its produce, you are to bring a sheaf from the first portion of your harvest to the priest,

Amos 6:1

"Woe to those who are at ease in Zion, to those who rest on the mountain of Samaria the famous men of the nations to whom the house of Israel came!

John 3:3-5

Jesus replied to him, "Truly, I tell you emphatically, unless a person is born from above he cannot see the kingdom of God."

Romans 4:17

As it is written, "I have made you the father of many nations." Abraham acted in faith when he stood in the presence of God, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence things that don't yet exist.

Romans 8:29-31

For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that the Son might be the firstborn among many brothers.

Romans 9:15-18

For he says to Moses, "I will be merciful to the person I want to be merciful to, and I will be kind to the person I want to be kind to."

1 Corinthians 4:15

You may have 10,000 mentors who work for the Messiah, but not many fathers. For in the Messiah Jesus I became your father through the gospel.

Ephesians 2:4-5

But God, who is rich in mercy, because of his great love for us

Colossians 1:20-21

Through the Son, God also reconciled all things to himself, whether things on earth or things in heaven, thereby making peace through the blood of his cross.

2 Thessalonians 2:13-14

At all times we are obligated to thank God for you, brothers who are loved by the Lord, because God chose you to be the first fruits for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and through faith in the truth.

Hebrews 12:23

to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, to a judge who is the God of all, to the spirits of righteous people who have been made perfect,

James 1:21

Therefore, rid yourselves of everything impure and every expression of wickedness, and with a gentle spirit welcome the word planted in you that can save your souls.

1 John 3:9

No one who has been born from God practices sin, because God's seed abides in him. Indeed, he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born from God.

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