John 1:13
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New International Version
children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband's will, but born of God.

New Living Translation
They are reborn--not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God.

English Standard Version
who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

New American Standard Bible
who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

King James Bible
Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
who were born, not of blood, or of the will of the flesh, or of the will of man, but of God.

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

NET Bible
--children not born by human parents or by human desire or a husband's decision, but by God.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Those who had not been born of blood, nor of the desire of the flesh, nor of the desire of a man, but of God.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
These people didn't become God's children in a physical way-from a human impulse or from a husband's desire [to have a child]. They were born from God.

Jubilee Bible 2000
who are not born of blood, nor of the will of flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

King James 2000 Bible
Who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

American King James Version
Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

American Standard Version
who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Who are born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

Darby Bible Translation
who have been born, not of blood, nor of flesh's will, nor of man's will, but of God.

English Revised Version
which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

Webster's Bible Translation
Who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

Weymouth New Testament
who were begotten as such not by human descent, nor through an impulse of their own nature, nor through the will of a human father, but from God.

World English Bible
who were born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

Young's Literal Translation
who -- not of blood nor of a will of flesh, nor of a will of man but -- of God were begotten.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

1:6-14 John the Baptist came to bear witness concerning Jesus. Nothing more fully shows the darkness of men's minds, than that when the Light had appeared, there needed a witness to call attention to it. Christ was the true Light; that great Light which deserves to be called so. By his Spirit and grace he enlightens all that are enlightened to salvation; and those that are not enlightened by him, perish in darkness. Christ was in the world when he took our nature upon him, and dwelt among us. The Son of the Highest was here in this lower world. He was in the world, but not of it. He came to save a lost world, because it was a world of his own making. Yet the world knew him not. When he comes as a Judge, the world shall know him. Many say that they are Christ's own, yet do not receive him, because they will not part with their sins, nor have him to reign over them. All the children of God are born again. This new birth is through the word of God as the means, 1Pe 1:23, and by the Spirit of God as the Author. By his Divine presence Christ always was in the world. But now that the fulness of time was come, he was, after another manner, God manifested in the flesh. But observe the beams of his Divine glory, which darted through this veil of flesh. Men discover their weaknesses to those most familiar with them, but it was not so with Christ; those most intimate with him saw most of his glory. Although he was in the form of a servant, as to outward circumstances, yet, in respect of graces, his form was like the Son of God His Divine glory appeared in the holiness of his doctrine, and in his miracles. He was full of grace, fully acceptable to his Father, therefore qualified to plead for us; and full of truth, fully aware of the things he was to reveal.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Which were born not of blood,.... Or bloods, in the plural number. The birth, here spoken of, is regeneration, expressed by a being born again, or from above; by a being quickened by the Spirit and grace of God; by Christ being formed in men; and by a partaking of the divine nature; and by being made new creatures, as all that believe in the name of Christ are; and which is the evidence of their being the sons of God: and now this is owing not to blood, or bloods; not to the blood of circumcision; or of the passover, which the Jews had an high opinion of, and ascribe life and salvation to, and to which notion this may be opposed: so their commentators (f) on Ezekiel 16:6 where the word "live" is twice used, observe on the first "live", by the blood of the passover, on the second "live", by the blood of circumcision; but, alas! these contribute nothing to the life of the new creature: nor is regeneration owing to the blood of ancestors, to natural descent, as from Abraham, which the Jews valued themselves upon; for sin, and not grace, is conveyed by natural generation: all men are of one blood, and that is tainted with sin, and therefore can never have any influence on regeneration; no blood is to be valued, or any one upon it, but the blood of Christ, which cleanses from all sin,

Nor of the will of the flesh; man's free will, which is carnal and corrupt, is enmity to God, and impotent to every thing that is spiritually good: regeneration is ascribed to another will and power, even to the will and power of God, and denied of this:

nor of the will of man: of the best of men, as Abraham, David, and others; who, though ever so willing and desirous, that their children, relations, friends, and servants, should be born again, be partakers of the grace of God, and live in his sight, yet cannot effect any thing of this kind: all that they can do is to pray for them, give advice, and bring them under the means of grace; but all is ineffectual without a divine energy. So with the Jews, "a man", signifies a great man, in opposition to "Adam", or "Enosh", which signify a mean, weak, frail man; and our translators have observed this distinction, in Isaiah 2:9 and the mean man (Adam) boweth down, and the great man (Ish) "humbleth himself": on which Jarchi has this note, "Adam boweth down", i.e. little men; "and a man humbleth himself", i.e. princes, and mighty men, men of power: and so Kimchi on Psalm 4:2. "O ye sons of men", observes, that the Psalmist calls them the sons of men, with respect to the great men of Israel; for there were with Absalom the sons of great men. Though sometimes the Jews say (g), Adam is greater than any of the names of men, as Geber, Enosh, Ish. But now our evangelist observes, let a man be ever so great, or good, or eminent, for gifts and grace, he cannot communicate grace to another, or to whom he will; none are born again of any such will:

but of God; of God, the Father of Christ, who begets to a lively hope; and of the Son, who quickens whom he will; and of the grace of the Spirit, to whom regeneration is generally ascribed,

(f) Jarchi & Kimchi in loc. Shemot Rabba, sect. 19. fol. 103. 2. & 104. 4. & Mattanot Cehuna in Vajikra Rabba, sect. 23. fol. 164. 2. Zohar in Lev. fol. 39. 2.((g) Zohar in Lev. fol. 20. 2.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

13. Which were born—a sonship therefore not of mere title and privilege, but of nature, the soul being made conscious of the vital capacities, perceptions, and emotions of a child of God, before unknown.

not of blood, &c.—not of superior human descent, not of human generation at all, not of man in any manner of way. By this elaborate threefold denial of the human source of this sonship, immense force is given to what follows,

but of God—Right royal gift, and He who confers must be absolutely divine. For who would not worship Him who can bring him into the family, and evoke within him the very life, of the sons of God?

John 1:13 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Witness of John
12But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, 13who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
Cross References
John 3:5
Jesus answered, "Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit.

John 3:6
Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.

James 1:18
He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created.

1 Peter 1:23
For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.

1 John 2:29
If you know that he is righteous, you know that everyone who does what is right has been born of him.

1 John 3:9
No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God's seed remains in them; they cannot go on sinning, because they have been born of God.

1 John 5:4
for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.
Treasury of Scripture

Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

were.

John 3:3,5 Jesus answered and said to him, Truly, truly, I say to you, Except …

James 1:18 Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should …

1 Peter 1:3,23 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ…

1 Peter 2:2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that you may …

1 John 3:9 Whoever is born of God does not commit sin; for his seed remains …

1 John 4:7 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one …

1 John 5:1,4,18 Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every …

not.

John 8:33-41 They answered him, We be Abraham's seed, and were never in bondage …

Matthew 3:9 And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: …

Romans 9:7-9 Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: …

nor of the will of the.

Genesis 25:22,28 And the children struggled together within her; and she said, If …

Genesis 27:4,33 And make me savoury meat, such as I love, and bring it to me, that …

Romans 9:10-16 And not only this; but when Rebecca also had conceived by one, even …

nor of the will of man.

Psalm 110:3 Your people shall be willing in the day of your power, in the beauties …

Romans 9:1-5 I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing …

Romans 10:1-3 Brothers, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that …

1 Corinthians 3:6 I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.

Philippians 2:13 For it is God which works in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

James 1:18 Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should …

of God.

John 3:6-8 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born …

Titus 3:5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to …

1 John 2:28,29 And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, …

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