New International Version
He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created.
King James Bible
Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.
Darby Bible 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.
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.
Young's Literal Translation
having counselled, He did beget us with a word of truth, for our being a certain first-fruit of His creatures.
James 1:18 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Of his own will begat he us - God's will here is opposed to the lust of man, James 1:15; his truth, the means of human salvation, to the sinful means referred to in the above verse; and the new creatures, to the sin conceived and brought forth, as above. As the will of God is essentially good, all its productions must be good also; as it is infinitely pure, all its productions must be holy. The word or doctrine of truth, what St. Paul calls the word of the truth of the Gospel, Colossians 1:5, is the means which God uses to convert souls.
A kind of first fruits - By creatures we are here to understand the Gentiles, and by first fruits the Jews, to whom the Gospel was first sent; and those of them that believed were the first fruits of that astonishing harvest which God has since reaped over the whole Gentile world. See the notes on Romans 8:19, etc. There is a remarkable saying in Philo on this subject, De Allegoris, lib. ii. p. 101: God begat Isaac, for he is the father of the perfect nature, σπειρων εν ταις ψυχαις, sowing seed in souls, and begetting happiness.
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Israel was holy to the LORD, the firstfruits of his harvest; all who devoured her were held guilty, and disaster overtook them,'" declares the LORD.
children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband's will, but born of God.
2 Corinthians 6:7
in truthful speech and in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left;
And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit,
2 Timothy 2:15
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.
Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.
But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth.
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