John 1:13
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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.

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.

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.

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.

John 1:13 Parallel
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Vincent's Word Studies

Which (ὃι)

Referring to children of God.

Were born (ἐγεννήθνσαν)

Literally, were begotten. The phrase γεννηθήναι ἐκ τοῦ Θεοῦ, to be born or begotten of God, occurs only here in the Gospel, and several times in the First Epistle. It is peculiar to John.

There is a progress of thought in the three following clauses, describing the proper origin of a believer's new life. Children of God are begotten, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man. "The new birth is not brought about by descent, by desire, or by human power" (Westcott).

Of blood (ἐξ αἱμάτων)

Literally, of bloods. The plural is variously explained: by some as indicating the duality of the sexes, by others of the multiplicity of ancestors. The best explanation seems to be afforded by a similar use of the plural in Plato, ἔτι ἐν γάλαξι τρεφόμενοι, "while still nourished by milks" ("Laws," 887). The fluids, blood or milk being represented as the sum-total of all their parts. Compare τὰ ὕδατα, the waters.

John 1:13 Parallel Commentaries

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were.

John 3:3,5 Jesus answered and said to him, Truly, truly, I say to you, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God...

James 1:18 Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of first fruits of his creatures.

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 grow thereby:

1 John 3:9 Whoever is born of God does not commit sin; for his seed remains in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.

1 John 4:7 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loves is born of God, and knows God.

1 John 5:1,4,18 Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loves him that begat loves him also that is begotten of him...

not.

John 8:33-41 They answered him, We be Abraham's seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how say you, You shall be made free...

Matthew 3:9 And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say to you...

Romans 9:7-9 Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall your seed be called...

nor of the will of the.

Genesis 25:22,28 And the children struggled together within her; and she said, If it be so, why am I thus? And she went to inquire of the LORD...

Genesis 27:4,33 And make me savoury meat, such as I love, and bring it to me, that I may eat; that my soul may bless you before I die...

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

nor of the will of man.

Psalm 110:3 Your people shall be willing in the day of your power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning...

Romans 9:1-5 I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost...

Romans 10:1-3 Brothers, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved...

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 be a kind of first fruits of his creatures.

of God.

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

Titus 3:5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration...

1 John 2:28,29 And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence...

Cross References
John 3:5
Jesus answered, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.

John 3:6
That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

James 1:18
Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.

1 Peter 1:23
since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God;

1 John 2:29
If you know that he is righteous, you may be sure that everyone who practices righteousness has been born of him.

1 John 3:9
No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God's seed abides in him; and he cannot keep on sinning, because he has been born of God.

1 John 5:4
For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world--our faith.

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