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Jehovah’s Witnesses


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John 1:1-51

1  In [the] beginning+ the Word*+ was, and the Word was with God,*+ and the Word was a god.*+  This one was in [the] beginning+ with God.+  All things came into existence through him,+ and apart from him not even one thing came into existence. What has come into existence  by means of him was life,+ and the life was the light+ of men.*  And the light is shining in the darkness,+ but the darkness has not overpowered it.  There arose a man that was sent forth as a representative of God:+ his name was John.*+  This [man] came for a witness,+ in order to bear witness about the light,+ that people of all sorts might believe through him.+  He was not that light,+ but he was meant to bear witness+ about that light.  The true light+ that gives light+ to every sort of man+ was about to come into the world.* 10  He was in the world,+ and the world came into existence through him,+ but the world did not know him. 11  He came to his own home, but his own people did not take him in.+ 12  However, as many as did receive him,+ to them he gave authority to become God’s children,+ because they were exercising faith in his name;+ 13  and they were born, not from blood* or from a fleshly will or from man’s will, but from God.+ 14  So the Word became flesh+ and resided* among us, and we had a view of his glory, a glory such as belongs to an only-begotten son+ from a father; and he was full of undeserved kindness and truth.+ 15  (John bore witness about him, yes, he actually cried out—this was the one who said [it]—saying: “The one coming behind me has advanced in front of me, because he existed before me.”)+ 16  For we all received from out of his fullness,+ even undeserved kindness upon undeserved kindness.+ 17  Because the Law was given through Moses,+ the undeserved kindness+ and the truth+ came to be through Jesus Christ. 18  No man has seen God at any time;+ the only-begotten god*+ who is in the bosom [position]+ with the Father is the one that has explained him.+ 19  Now this is the witness* of John when the Jews sent forth priests and Levites from Jerusalem to him to ask him: “Who are you?”+ 20  And he confessed and did not deny, but confessed: “I am not the Christ.”+ 21  And they asked him: “What, then? Are you E·li′jah?”*+ And he said: “I am not.” “Are you The Prophet?”+ And he answered: “No!” 22  Therefore they said to him: “Who are you? that we may give an answer to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?”+ 23  He said: “I am a voice of someone crying out in the wilderness, ‘MAKE the way of Jehovah* straight,’ just as Isaiah the prophet said.”+ 24  Now those sent forth were from the Pharisees. 25  So they questioned him and said to him: “Why, then, do you baptize+ if you yourself are not the Christ or E·li′jah or The Prophet?” 26  John answered them, saying: “I baptize* in water. In the midst+ of YOU one is standing whom YOU do not know,+ 27  the one coming behind me, but the lace of whose sandal I am not worthy to untie.”+ 28  These things took place in Beth′a·ny* across the Jordan, where John was baptizing.+ 29  The next day he beheld Jesus coming toward him, and he said: “See, the Lamb+ of God that takes away the sin+ of the world!*+ 30  This is the one about whom I said, Behind me there comes a man who has advanced in front of me, because he existed before me.+ 31  Even I did not know him, but the reason why I came baptizing in water was that he might be made manifest to Israel.”+ 32  John also bore witness, saying: “I viewed the spirit coming down as a dove out of heaven, and it remained upon him.+ 33  Even I did not know him, but the very One who sent me+ to baptize in water said to me, ‘Whoever it is upon whom you see the spirit coming down and remaining, this is the one that baptizes in holy spirit.’+ 34  And I have seen [it], and I have borne witness that this one is the Son of God.”+ 35  Again the next day John was standing with two of his disciples, 36  and as he looked at Jesus walking he said: “See, the Lamb+ of God!” 37  And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus. 38  Then Jesus turned and, getting a view of them following, he said to them: “What are YOU looking for?” They said to him: “Rabbi, (which means, when translated, Teacher,) where are you staying?” 39  He said to them: “Come, and YOU will see.”+ Accordingly they went and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day; it was about the tenth hour.* 40  Andrew+ the brother of Simon Peter was one of the two that heard what John said and followed [Jesus].* 41  First* this one found his own brother, Simon, and said to him: “We have found the Mes·si′ah”*+ (which means, when translated, Christ).+ 42  He led him to Jesus. When Jesus looked+ upon him he said: “You are Simon+ the son of John;*+ you will be called Ce′phas”* (which is translated Peter).*+ 43  The next day he desired to depart for Gal′i·lee. So Jesus found Philip+ and said to him: “Be my follower.”+ 44  Now Philip was from Beth·sa′i·da,+ from the city of Andrew and Peter. 45  Philip found Na·than′a·el+ and said to him: “We have found the one of whom Moses, in the Law,+ and the Prophets+ wrote, Jesus, the son of Joseph,+ from Naz′a·reth.” 46  But Na·than′a·el said to him: “Can anything good come out of Naz′a·reth?”+ Philip said to him: “Come and see.” 47  Jesus saw Na·than′a·el coming toward him and said about him: “See, an Israelite for a certainty, in whom there is no deceit.”+ 48  Na·than′a·el said to him: “How does it come that you know me?” Jesus in answer said to him: “Before Philip called you, while you were under the fig tree, I saw you.” 49  Na·than′a·el answered him: “Rabbi, you are the Son of God,+ you are King+ of Israel.” 50  Jesus in answer said to him: “Because I told you I saw you underneath the fig tree do you believe? You will see things greater than these.” 51  He further said to him: “Most truly* I say to YOU men, YOU will see heaven opened up and the angels*+ of God ascending and descending to* the Son of man.”+


Or, “the Logos.” Gr., ho lo′gos; Lat., Ver′bum; J17,18,22(Heb.), had·Da·var′.
Lit., “was toward the God.” Gr., en pros ton The·on′; J17,18(Heb.), ha·yah′ ʼeth ha·ʼElo·him′.
“A god.” Gr., the·os′, in contrast with ton The·on′, “the God,” in the same sentence; J17,18(Heb.), weʼ·lo·him′, “and god.” For a discussion of “a god,” see App 6A.
The punctuation of vss 3 and 4 is according to WH, Vgww and The Greek New Testament by the United Bible Societies.
See Mt 3:1 ftn, “John.”
See 3:16 ftn.
Lit., “bloods.”
Lit., “tented.” See Re 21:3 ftns.
“The only-begotten god,” P75אc; P66א*BC*, “only-begotten god”; ACcItVgSyc,h, “the only-begotten Son.”
“Witness.” Gr., mar·ty·ri′a; Lat., te·sti·mo′ni·um.
“Elijah” (meaning “My God Is Jehovah”), J17,18,22; Gr., E·lei′as.
See App 1D.
Or, “I immerse; I dip.” Gr., ba·pti′zo.
Not the Bethany near Jerusalem.
Compare 3:16 ftn.
That is, about 4 p.m., counting from sunrise.
Lit., “him.”
“Early next morning,” ItmssSys.
Or, “the Anointed One.” Gr., ton Mes·si′an; Lat., Mes·si′am; J17,18,22(Heb.), ham·Ma·shi′ach.
“John,” P66,75אB*It; ABcVgcSyp,s, “Jona.”
“Cephas.” Gr., Ke·phas′. An Aram. name (Keh·phaʼ), here in the masc. gender, as in Mt 16:18 in Syr. mss. See Mt 16:18 ftn, “Rock-mass.”
Meaning “A Piece of Rock.” Gr., Pe′tros.
Lit., “Truly, truly.” Gr., A·men′, a·men′.
Or, “messengers.” Gr., ag·ge′lous; Lat., an′ge·los. Compare Job 33:23; Ps 91:11.
Or, “in the service of.”