There are some Christians who believe and teach that “begotten” referring to Christ having been begotten (born) of the Father is incorrect, that the word "begotten" shouldn’t be used, but "begotten", "born" or "birth" is the only logical choice that the translators of the Bible could have chosen, Not only is there no good reason for changing God’s word, there are specific instruction against any changes, "Do not add to His words, that He may reprove you and you be found a liar." Proverbs 30:6), "I know that whatever God does, it shall be forever; nothing is to be added to it and nothing is to diminish from it. And God does this so that they fear before Him." (Ecclesiastes 3:14). I looked into this matter years ago, but after a recent conversation with someone who supported not using "begotten" for the Son of God's entrance into existence, I decided to dig deeper into the Greek and Hebrew text of the J.P. Green Interlinear Bible.
The Greek word translated as “begotten” is #3439 (Strong's Concordance number)
“monogenes” only born, i.e. sole: -
The Hebrew word (“yalad” #3205) has a host of meanings: begat, birth, born… too
many to list, but is used for both men’s sons, "And the days of Adam after he fathered
Seth were eight hundred years. And he fathered sons and daughters." (Genesis 5:4)
and for God’s Son, "I will declare concerning the status of Jehovah: He said to Me,
Today I have begotten You." (Psalm 2:7). The three words underlined are all #3205.
“Begotten” is consistent in the Old and New Testaments to describe the manor in which
humans and Michael (Jesus) were brought forth from their respective parents or parent,
showing the process is comparable and similar in result. Bear with me on all these
verses and please check this out for yourself. The important point is that Michael
(Jesus) was born (begotten), just as we are born (begotten) of our parents, the result
being, we are like our parents, in that we are all “mankind” (male & female), we
have the same traits and make-
The Son of God was begotten (brought forth) and Michael Himself tells us this,
"I will declare concerning the statute of Jehovah: He said to Me, You are My Son.
Today I have begotten (#3205) You." (Psalm 2:7). Also an Old Testament statement
of Jesus (Michael), "Jehovah possessed me in the beginning of His way, from then,
before His works." (Proverbs 8:22). According to the system that Jehovah has set
up from the very beginning, the father has authority over the son and Michael's Father,
Jehovah, has all authority over everything and every one, because He is the Creator
of all existence, except His only-
Below is a list where “begotten” is used in the Old and New Testaments are consistent.
New Testament Verses
John 1: 13, 14 & 18 “who were born not of bloods, nor of the will of flesh, nor of the will of man but were born of God.” (this use is #1080 referring to us being delivered).
Verse 14 “…glory as of an only-
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only-
Acts 13:33 “You are my Son, today I have begotten You.” he refers to Psalms 2:7 (which uses the Hebrew #3205) and uses #1080 (begotten) to quote God Jehovah. This connects the Greek #1080 with the Hebrew word #3205 (Strong’s Concordance Hebrew Dictionary with a host of definition; begotten, bear, birth, bring forth…and many more).
1 Corinthians 4:15, “…for I (Paul) fathered you in Jesus Christ…” Paul uses #1080 (begotten, fathered) to describe those baptized or born again).
Philemon 1:10, Paul uses #1080 (begotten) to describe “fathering“ (Literal translation) (KJV uses begotten) “my child Onesimus, whom I fathered in his bond”.
Hebrews 1:5, uses # 1080, Paul asks; “to which of the angels did God say, You are My Son, today I have begotten you?” And of course the answer are none, even though Jesus may sometimes be referred to as an Angel, but only because He was a messenger for God, not because He was a created being as the other angels.
Hebrews 5:5, quoting God again (Psalms 2:7), he uses #1080 (begotten) to describe how Christ came into being, “…You are My Son, Today I have begotten You.”
Hebrews 11:17 "By faith, being tested, Abraham offered up Isaac; and He receiving
the promises was offering up the only-
1 Peter 1:3 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, He according to His great mercy having regenerated us to the living hope…” The translators used "regenerated" #313 “anagennao” to beget or (by extens,) bear (again): begat (bear) x (again), a word not listed referring to us, the KJV uses "begotten"
1 John 4:9 “…because the Son, the Only-
1 John 5:1 “Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God. And everyone who loves Him who begets also loves the one who has been born of Him.” #1080 (begotten) is used all 3 times.
1 John 5:18 "…everyone having been born of God does not sin, but the one born of God guards himself…” #1080 is used both times.
Revelation 1:5 “and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the Firstborn
from the dead…” uses #4416 (first-
Old Testament Verses
Genesis 5:3 the same word #3205 was used to describe Adam fathering (“begat” in the KJV) Seth and in Genesis 6:10 Noah fathered (#3205) three sons and the list would multiply if I would go further.
Psalms 2:7,8 “I will declare concerning the statute of Jehovah, He said to Me, You are My Son. Today I have begotten You. Ask of Me and I will give the nations as Your inheritance…” # 3205 is also used in Gen. 5:3 (above) and In Deut. 23:8 and Job 38:28.
I reason the most important verse is Acts 13:33, "that this God has fulfilled
to us, their children, raising up Jesus; as also it has been written in the second
Psalms, "You are My Son; today I have begotten You." which uses #1080 to record Jehovah
saying that He begat His Son. #1080 was also used to record the multitude of human
births mentioned in the New Testament. It seems to me, beyond a reasonable doubt,
“Begotten” is being used as God intended, to describe the birth (entrance) of Michael,
at some point before earth was created by Jehovah (look at Exodus 20:11 in an Interlinear
Bible for the correct wording). Another reason I’m assured that "begotten" is correct,
is that if Jesus was always with Jehovah from eternity (co-