18 He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created.

Read James 1:18 Using Other Translations

Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.
Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.
He chose to give birth to us by giving us his true word. And we, out of all creation, became his prized possession.