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John 1:12-13 Common English Bible (CEB)

12 But those who did welcome him,
        those who believed in his name,
    he authorized to become God’s children,
13         born not from blood
        nor from human desire or passion,
        but born from God.

Common English Bible (CEB)

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John 1:12-13 Good News Translation (GNT)

12 Some, however, did receive him and believed in him; so he gave them the right to become God's children. 13 They did not become God's children by natural means, that is, by being born as the children of a human father; God himself was their Father.

Good News Translation (GNT)

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John 1:12-13 International Standard Version (ISV)

12 However, to all who received him, those believing in his name, he gave authority to become God’s children, 13 who were born, not merely in a genetic sense,[a] nor from lust,[b] nor from man’s desire, but from the will of[c] God.


  1. John 1:13 Lit. not of bloods
  2. John 1:13 Lit. from desire of the flesh
  3. John 1:13 The Gk. lacks the will of
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John 1:12-13 Living Bible (TLB)

11-12 Even in his own land and among his own people, the Jews, he was not accepted. Only a few would welcome and receive him. But to all who received him, he gave the right to become children of God. All they needed to do was to trust him to save them.[a] 13 All those who believe this are reborn!—not a physical rebirth[b] resulting from human passion or plan—but from the will of God.


  1. John 1:11 to trust him to save them, literally, “to believe on his name.”
  2. John 1:13 not a physical rebirth, literally, “not of blood.”
Living Bible (TLB)

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