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John 1:1-51

1  At the first there was the Word, and the Word was where God was, and the Word was God. 2  He was at the first where God was. 3  Everything was made by his agency, and not a thing that was made was made without his agency. 4  In him there was life, and the life was the light of men; 5  and the light is shining in the darkness, and the darkness has not taken it in. 6  There was a man sent from God whose name was John. 7  This man came for testimony, to testify about the light, that all might believe through him. 8  He was not the light but to testify about the light. 9  There was coming into the world the true light that lights every man. 10  He was in the world, and the world was made by his agency, and the world did not know him; 11  he came to what belonged to him, and those who belonged to him did not receive him. 12  But to as many as accepted him he gave the chance to become children of God, to those who believe in his name, 13  who were born not from blood nor from will of flesh nor from will of man, but from God. 14*  And the Word became flesh and abode among us and we saw his glory, glory such as that of an only son from the Father, full of grace and truth. 15  John testifies of him and shouts “This was the one I spoke of when I said ‘He who is coming behind me has got ahead of me,’ because he was before I was,” 16  because out of his fullness all of us have had portions, and grace for grace. 17  For the law was given through Moses, grace and truth came in through Jesus Christ. 18*  Nobody ever has seen God; an Only Born God, he who is in the Father’s bosom, he gave the account of him. 19  And this is John’s testimony, when the Jews sent priests and Levites to him from Jerusalem to ask him “Who are you?” 20  and he answered and made no denial. And he said “I am not the Messiah.” 21  And they asked him “Then what? are you Elijah?” and he said “I am not.” “Are you the prophet?” and he answered “No.” 22  So they said to him “Who are you? that we may give those who sent us an answer, what you say about yourself.” 23  He said “I am the voice of one calling out in the wilderness ‘Straighten out the Lord’s road,’ as the prophet Isaiah said.” 24  And they were sent from the Pharisees; 25  and they asked him “Then why do you baptize if you are not the Messiah nor Elijah nor the prophet?” 26  John answered “I baptize in water; in your midst stands he whom you do not know, 27  he who is coming behind me, whose shoestring I am not worthy to untie.” 28  This happened in Bethany beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing. 29  The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said “There is God’s lamb that takes away the world’s sin. 30  That is the one about whom I said ‘There is coming behind me a man who has got ahead of me,’ because he was before I was. 31  And I did not know him, but it was to have him disclosed to Israel that I came baptizing in water.” 32  And John testified “I have seen the Spirit coming down like a dove out of the sky, and it rested on him. 33  And I did not know him; but he who sent me to baptize in water, he said to me ‘The one on whom you see the Spirit come down and rest on him, he is the one that baptizes in Holy Spirit’; 34  and I have seen and have testified that this is the Son of God.” 35*  The next day John was standing there again, and two of his disciples, 36  and he looked at Jesus walking along and said “There is God’s lamb”; 37  and the two disciples heard him speak, and followed Jesus. 38  And Jesus turned and saw them following him and said to them “What do you want?” and they said to him “Rabbi (which translated means Teacher), where are you staying?” 39  He said to them “Come and you shall see.” So they came and saw where he was staying, and stayed with him that day; it was about four o’clock. 40  Simon Peter’s brother Andrew was one of the two that heard from John and followed him; 41  he found his own brother Simon first and said to him “We have found the Messiah” (which means Anointed; translated into Greek it is Christ). 42  He brought him to Jesus; Jesus looked at him and said “You are Simon the son of John, you shall be called Cephas” (which means a rock; translated into Greek, the name is Peter). 43  The next day he wanted to go out to Galilee, and found Philip, and said to him “Follow me.” 44  And Philip was from Bethsaida, Andrew and Peter’s city. 45  Philip found Nathanael and said to him “We have found the one that Moses wrote of in the Law, and that the prophets wrote of, Jesus the son of Joseph from Nazareth”; 46  and Nathanael said to him “Can there be anything good out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him “Come and see.” 47  Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him and said of him “Here comes a genuine Israelite with no adulteration.” 48  Nathanael said to him “What have you known about me?” Jesus replied “Before Philip called you I saw you when you were under the fig-tree.” 49  Nathanael answered “Rabbi, you are the son of God, you are the king of Israel.” 50  Jesus replied “Because I said to you I saw you under the fig-tree do you believe? you shall see greater things than these,” 51  and said to him “Verily, verily I tell you, you and the rest shall see the heavens standing open and God’s angels going up and coming down to the Son of Man.”

Footnotes

1:14 Or from a Father
1:18 Var. the Only Begotten Son, he who Var. the Only Born God, he who
1:35 Lit. was standing again