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.
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.
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CommentaryVincent's Word Studies
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.
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nor of the will of the.
nor of the will of man.
Jesus answered, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.
That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
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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