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George Lamsa Translation of the Peshitta
John 1:12

But those who received him, to them he gave power to become sons of God, especially to those who believed in his name;

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Commentaries:

- Clarke Commentary;   Abbott's New Testament;   A.W. Pinks's Commentary;   Birdgeway Bible Commentary;   Coffman Commentaries;   Barne's Notes;   Box's Commentaries on Selected Books;   Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes;   Calvin's Commentary;   Cambridge Greek Testament;   Lapide's Commentary;   Chuck Smith Commentary;   Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible ;   Constable's Expository Notes;   Daily Study Bible;   Darby's Synopsis;   Ellicott's Commentary;   Expositor's Greek Testament;   Family Bible New Testament;   Hole's Commentary;   Meyer's Commentary;   Gaebelein's Annotated;   Golden Chain Commentary;   Morgan's Biblical Exposition;   Gill's Exposition;   Godbey's NT Commentary;   Everett's Study Notes;   Geneva Study Bible;   Alford's Commentary;   Haydock's Catholic Commentary;   Meyer's Commentary;   Mahan's Commentary;   The Bible Study New Testament;   Ironside's Notes;   Bengel's Gnomon;   Commentary Critical and Explanatory;   Commentary Critical and Explanatory - Unabridged;   Gray's Commentary;   Lightfoot's Commentary;   The People's Bible;   Sutcliffe's Commentary;   Trapp's Commentary;   Kretzmann's Popular Commentary of the Bible;   Lange's Commentary on the Holy Scriptures;   Grant's Commentary;   Wells of Living Water;   MacLaren's Expositions;   Henry's Complete;   Henry's Concise;   Poole's Annotations;   Pett's Bible Commentary;   Peake's Bible Commentary;   Preacher's Homiletical Commentary;   Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary;   People's New Testament;   Benson's Commentary;   Robertson's Word Pictures;   Ryle's Exposiory Thougths;   Schaff's New Testament Commentary;   Horae Homileticae;   Spurgeon's Verse Expositions;   Biblical Illustrator;   Coke's Commentary;   Expositor's Bible;   Fourfold Gospel;   Pulpit Commentaries;   Treasury of Knowledge;   Vincent's Studies;   Burkitt's Notes;   Wesley's Notes;   Whedon's Commentary;  

Concordances:

- Nave's Topical Bible - Adoption;   Faith;   Jesus, the Christ;   Jesus Continued;   Scofield Reference Index - Faith;   Life;   Sacrifice;   Thompson Chain Reference - Adoption;   Believers;   Christianity;   Church;   Faith;   Faith-Unbelief;   Family;   God's;   Promises, Divine;   Receiving Christ;   Reception-Rejection;   Sons;   Spiritual;   The Topic Concordance - Belief;   Giving and Gifts;   Jesus Christ;   John the Baptist;   Power;   Rebirth/being Born Again;   Receiving;   Witness;   Word of God;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Adoption;   Faith;   New Birth, the;   Titles and Names of Saints;  

Dictionaries:

- American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Regeneration;   Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Assurance;   Authority;   Baptism;   Child;   Father;   Power;   Regeneration;   Son of god;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Anthropomorphism;   Authority;   Denial;   Family Life and Relations;   God, Name of;   Hospitality;   Jesus Christ, Name and Titles of;   Light;   Miracle;   Old Testament in the New Testament, the;   Charles Buck Theological Dictionary - Adoption;   Regeneration;   Universalists;   CARM Theological Dictionary - Hypostatic union;   Type, typology;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Covenant;   Father;   Regeneration;   Son of God;   Word, the;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Adoption;   Jesus Christ;   Son of God;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Authority;   Children (Sons) of God;   Christ, Christology;   Father's House;   Gift, Giving;   Gospel;   John, the Gospel of;   John, the Letters of;   New Birth;   Only Begotten;   Salvation;   Sons of God;   Truth;   Word;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Atonement;   Children (Sons) of God;   John, Gospel of;   Logos;   Man;   Regeneration;   Trinity;   Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Adoption;   Atonement (2);   Begetting;   Brotherhood (2);   Character;   Children;   Children of God;   Children of God, Sons of God;   Christian ;   Doctrines;   Fall (2);   Friendship;   God;   Gospel (2);   Grace;   Humanity of Christ;   Ideal;   Ideas (Leading);   Immanence ;   Impotence;   Insight;   Kin, Kindred, Kinship;   Light;   Lord's Prayer (Ii);   Man;   Manuscripts;   Mission;   Name (2);   Names and Titles of Christ;   Personality;   Philo;   Power;   Pre-Existence;   Presence (2);   Providence;   Redemption (2);   Regeneration;   Regeneration (2);   Sanctify, Sanctification;   Son of God;   Teacher (2);   Worldliness (2);   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Power;   Son;   1910 New Catholic Dictionary - bethsaida;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Genealogy;   Jesus christ;   Scripture;   Son of god;   Word;   Smith Bible Dictionary - John, Gospel of;   Wilson's Dictionary of Bible Types - Branch;   Name;   Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary - Regeneration;  

Encyclopedias:

- Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - Law of Moses, the;   International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Authority in Religion;   Baptismal Regeneration;   Between the Testaments;   Children of God;   Christianity;   Comparative, Religion;   Father, God the;   Give;   Johannine Theology, the;   John, Gospel of;   Justification;   Name;   Prologue;   Right;   Son of God, the;   Sons of God (New Testament);   Witness of the Spirit;  

Devotionals:

- Daily Light on the Daily Path - Devotion for June 25;   Every Day Light - Devotion for November 30;   Today's Word from Skip Moen - Devotion for October 28;   My Utmost for His Highest - Devotion for August 15;  

Parallel Translations

The Amplified Bible
But to as many as did receive and welcome Him, He gave the authority (power, privilege, right) to become the children of God, that is, to those who believe in (adhere to, trust in, and rely on) His name--

The Complete Jewish Bible
But to as many as did receive him, to those who put their trust in his person and power, he gave the right to become children of God,

American Standard Version
But as many as received him, to them gave he the right to become children of God, [even] to them that believe on his name:

Bible in Basic English
To all those who did so take him, however, he gave the right of becoming children of God--that is, to those who had faith in his name:

English Revised Version
But as many as received him, to them gave he the right to become children of God, even to them that believe on his name:

Contemporary English Version
Yet some people accepted him and put their faith in him. So he gave them the right to be the children of God.

English Standard Version
But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,

Easy-to-Read Version
Some people did accept him. They believed in him. He gave something to those people who believed. He gave them the right to become children of God.

The Geneva Bible (1587)
But as many as receiued him, to them he gaue prerogatiue to be the sonnes of God, euen to them that beleeue in his Name.

The Bishop's Bible (1568)
But as many as receaued hym, to them gaue he power to be the sonnes of God, euen them that beleued on his name.

Darby's Translation
but as many as received him, to them gave he [the] right to be children of God, to those that believe on his name;

King James Version (1611)
But as many as receiued him, to them gaue hee power to become the sonnes of God, euen to them that beleeue on his Name:

New Revised Standard
But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God,

Douay-Rheims Bible
But as many as received him, he gave them power to be made the sons of God, to them that believe in his name.

New Century Version
But to all who did accept him and believe in him he gave the right to become children of God.

James Murdock Translation of the Peshitta
But such as received him, to them gave he the prerogative to be children of God; [even] to them that believe on his name;

Good News Translation
Some, however, did receive him and believed in him; so he gave them the right to become God's children.

Holman Christian Standard
But to all who did receive Him, He gave them the right to be children of God, to those who believe in His name,

Miles Coverdale Bible (1535)
But as many as receaued him, to them gaue he power to be the children of God: euen soch as beleue in his name.

Mace New Testament (1729)
but to as many as received him, and believed on him, he granted the privilege of being the sons of God.

J.P. Green Literal Translation
But as many as received Him, to them He gave authority to become children of God, to the ones believing into His name,

New King James
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:

New Living Translation
But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.

New International Version
Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—

King James Version
But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

New Life Version
He gave the right and the power to become children of God to those who received Him. He gave this to those who put their trust in His name.

Hebrew Names Version
But as many as received him, to them he gave the right to become God's children, to those who believe in his name:

International Standard Version
However, to all who received him, to those believing in his name, he gave authority to become God's children,

John Etheridge Translation of the Peshitta
But they who received him, he gave to them power, that the sons of Aloha they should become, to those who believe in his name.

New American Standard Version
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name,

The Emphasised Bible
But, as many as did receive him, he gave, unto them, authority, children of God, to become, - unto them who were believing on his name:

Revised Standard Version
But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God;

Tyndale Bible
But as meny as receaved him to them he gave power to be the sonnes of God in yt they beleved on his name:

Updated Bible Version 1.9
But as many as received him, to them he gave the right to become children of God, [even] to those that believe on his name:

The Webster Bible
But as many as received him, to them he gave power to become the sons of God, [even] to them that believe on his name:

World English Bible
But as many as received him, to them he gave the right to become God's children, to those who believe in his name:

Wesley's New Testament (1755)
But as many as received him, to them gave he privilege to become the sons of God, to them that believe in his name:

Weymouth New Testament
But all who have received Him, to them--that is, to those who trust in His name--He has given the privilege of becoming children of God;

The Wycliffe Bible (1395)
But hou many euer resseyueden hym, he yaf to hem power to be maad the sones of God, to hem that bileueden in his name; the whiche not of bloodis,

Young's Literal Translation
but as many as did receive him to them he gave authority to become sons of God -- to those believing in his name,

The Message
But whoever did want him, who believed he was who he claimed and would do what he said, He made to be their true selves, their child-of-God selves.

Lexham English Bible
But as many as received him-to those who believe in his name-he gave to them authority to become children of God,

Contextual Overview

5And the same light shines in the darkness, and the darkness does not overcome it. 6¶There was a man, sent from God, whose name was John. 7He came as a witness to testify concerning the light, so that every man might believe by means of him. 8He was not the light, but to testify concerning the light. 9He was the true light, which lighteth every man who came into the world. 10He was in the world, and the world was under his hand, and yet the world knew him not. 11He came to his own, and his own did not receive him. 12But those who received him, to them he gave power to become sons of God, especially to those who believed in his name; 13Those who are not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but born of God. 14And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw his glory, a glory like that of the firstborn of the Father, full of grace and truth.

Verse Review

from
Treasury of Scripure Knowledge

But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
received
Matthew 10:40; 18:5; Colossians 2:6
to them
Isaiah 56:5; Jeremiah 3:19; Hosea 1:10; Romans 8:14; 2 Corinthians 6:17,18; Galatians 3:26; 4:6; 2 Peter 1:4; 1 John 3:1
power
or, the right, or privilege. even.
2:23; 3:18; 20:31; Matthew 12:21; Acts 3:16; 1 John 3:23; 5:12

Cross-References

Genesis 1:10
And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters he called Seas; and God saw that it was good.

Genesis 1:11
And God said, Let the earth bring forth vegetation, the herb yielding seed after its kind, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after its kind, wherein is their seed, upon the earth; and it was so.

Genesis 1:24
Then God said, Let the earth bring forth living creatures after their kind, cattle, and creeping things, and beasts of the earth after their kind; and it was so.

Genesis 1:26
Then God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild beasts of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.

Isaiah 61:11
For as the earth brings forth its bud, and as the garden causes the seed which is sown in it to spring forth, so the LORD God will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.

Mark 4:28
For the earth causes it to yield fruit; and yet first it becomes a blade of grass, then an ear, and at last a full grain in the ear.

Luke 6:44
For every tree is known by its own fruits. For they do not gather figs from thistles, nor gather grapes from a bramble bush.

2 Corinthians 9:10
Now he who gives seed to the sower, and bread for food, will supply and multiply your seed, and cause the fruits of your righteousness to grow;

Galatians 6:7
Do not be deceived; God is not deceived: for whatsoever a man sows, that shall he also reap.

Gill's Notes on the Bible

But as many as received him,.... This is explained, in the latter part of the text, by believing in his name; for faith is a receiving him as the word, and Son of God, as the Messiah, Saviour, and Redeemer; a receiving grace out of his fulness, and every blessing from him, as a justifying righteousness, pardon of sin, and an inheritance among them that are sanctified; for though the generality rejected him, there were some few that received him:

to them gave he power to become the sons of God; as such were very early called, in distinction from the children of men, or of the world; see Genesis 6:2. To be the sons of God is a very special favour, a great blessing, and high honour: saints indeed are not in so high a sense the sons of God as Christ is; nor in so low a sense as angels and men in common are; nor in such sense as civil magistrates; nor merely by profession of religion; much less by natural descent; but by adopting grace: and in this, Christ, the word, has a concern, as all the three divine persons have. The Father predestinated men to the adoption of children, secures this blessing for them in the covenant of his grace, and puts them among the children, and assigns them a goodly heritage: the Spirit, and who is therefore called the spirit of adoption, discovers and applies this blessing to them, and witnesses to their spirits that they are the children of God: and Christ, the word, or Son of God, not only espoused their persons, and in time assumed their nature, and by the redemption of them opened a way for their reception of the adoption of children; but actually bestows upon them the "power", as it is here called, of becoming the sons of God: by which is meant, not a power of free will to make themselves the sons of God, if they will make use of it; but it signifies the honour and dignity conferred on such persons: so Nonnus calls it, "the heavenly honour"; as indeed, what can be a greater? It is more honourable than to be a son or daughter of the greatest potentate on earth: and it is expressive of its being a privilege; for so it is an undeserved and distinguishing one, and is attended with many other privileges; for such are of God's household and family, and are provided for by him; have liberty of access unto him; are Christ's free men, and are heirs to an incorruptible inheritance. This is a privilege that excels all others, even justification and remission of sins; and is an everlasting one: and it also intends the open right which believers have unto this privilege, and their claim of it: hence it follows,

even to them that believe in his name; that is, in himself, in Christ, the word: the phrase is explanative of the former part of the verse, and is a descriptive and manifestative character of the sons of God; for though the elect of God, by virtue of electing grace, and the covenant of grace, are the children of God before faith; and were so considered in the gift of them to Christ, and when he came into the world to gather them together, and save them; and so, antecedent to the Spirit of God, being sent down into their hearts, to make this known to them; yet no man can know his adoption, nor enjoy the comfort of it, or claim his interest in it, until he believes.

Barnes' Notes on the Bible

To as many as received him - The great mass; the people; the scribes and Pharisees rejected him. A few in his lifetime received him, and many more after his death. “To receive him,” here, means to “believe” on him. This is expressed at the end of the verse.

Gave he power - This is more appropriately rendered in the margin by the word “right” or “privilege.” Compare Acts 1:7; Acts 5:4; Romans 9:21; 1 Corinthians 7:37; 1 Corinthians 8:9; 1 Corinthians 9:4-5.

Sons of God - Children of God by adoption. See the notes at Matthew 1:1. Christians are called sons of God:

1.Because they are “adopted” by Him, 1 John 3:1.

2.Because they are “like Him;” they resemble Him and have His spirit.

3.They are united to the Lord Jesus, the Son of God, are regarded by Him as his brethren Matthew 25:40, and are therefore regarded as the children of the Most High.

On his name - This is another way of saying believeth in “him.” The “name” of a person is often put for the person himself, John 2:23; John 3:18; 1 John 5:13. From this verse we learn:

1.That to be a child of God is a privilege - far more so than to be the child of any human being, though in the highest degree rich, or learned, or honored. Christians are therefore more honored than any other persons.

2.God gave them this privilege. It is not by their own works or deserts; it is because God chose to impart this blessing to them, Ephesians 2:8; John 15:16.

3.This favor is given only to those who believe on him. All others are the children of the wicked one, and no one who has not “confidence in God” can be regarded as his child. No parent would acknowledge one for his child, or approve of him, who had no confidence in him, who doubted or denied all he said, and who despised his character. Yet the sinner constantly does this toward God, and he cannot, therefore, be called his Son.

Clarke's Notes on the Bible

Gave he power - Εξουσιαν, Privilege, honor, dignity, or right. He who is made a child of God enjoys the greatest privilege which the Divine Being can confer on this side eternity. Those who accept Jesus Christ, as he is offered to them in the Gospel, have, through his blood, a right to this sonship; for by that sacrifice this blessing was purchased; and the fullest promises of God confirm it to all who believe. And those who are engrafted in the heavenly family have the highest honor and dignity to which it is possible for a human soul to arrive. What an astonishing thought is this! The sinner, who was an heir to all God's curses, has, through the sacrifice of Jesus, a claim on the mercy of the Most High, and a right to be saved! Even justice itself, on the ground of its holy and eternal nature, gives salvation to the vilest who take refuge in this atonement; for justice has nothing to grant, or Heaven to give, which the blood of the Son of God has not merited.


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