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John 1:13 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

13 who were born,
not of blood,[a]
or of the will of the flesh,
or of the will of man,[b]
but of God.


  1. John 1:13 Lit bloods; the pl form of blood occurs only here in the NT. It may refer either to lineal descent (that is, blood from one’s father and mother) or to the OT sacrificial system (that is, the various blood sacrifices). Neither is the basis for birth into the family of God.
  2. John 1:13 Or not of human lineage, or of human capacity, or of human volition

John 3:3 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Jesus replied, “I assure you: Unless someone is born again,[a] he cannot see the kingdom of God.”


  1. John 3:3 The same Gk word can mean again or from above (also in v. 7).

John 3:7 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Do not be amazed that I told you that you[a] must be born again.


  1. John 3:7 The pronoun is pl in Gk.

James 1:18 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

18 By His own choice, He gave us a new birth by the message of truth[a] so that we would be the firstfruits of His creatures.


  1. James 1:18 = the gospel

1 Peter 1:23 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

23 since you have been born again—not of perishable seed but of imperishable—through the living and enduring word of God.

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