The Deity of Jesus Christ
1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2#Lit This oneHe was in the beginning with God. 3All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him #One early ms nothing came intonot even one thing came into being that has come into being. 4In Him was life, and the life was the Light of mankind. 5And the Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not #Or overpowergrasp it.
The Witness John the Baptist
6A man #Or came into beingcame, one sent from God, and his name was John. 7#Lit This oneHe came #Lit for testimonyas a witness, to testify about the Light, so that all might believe through him. 8#Lit That one; i.e., JohnHe was not the Light, but he came to testify about the Light.
9 # I.e., the Word, Christ This was the true Light #Or that enlightens every person coming into the worldthat, coming into the world, enlightens every person. 10He was in the world, and the world came into being through Him, and yet the world did not #Or acknowledgeknow Him. 11He came to His #Or own things, possessions, domainown, and His own people did not #Or receiveaccept Him. 12But #Or all who receivedas many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who #Or trust inbelieve in His name, 13who were #Or fatheredborn, not of #Lit bloodsblood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of a man, but of God.
The Word Made Flesh
14And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us; and we saw His glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. 15John *testified about Him and called out, saying, “This was He of whom I said, ‘He who is coming after me has proved to be #Lit before memy superior, because He existed before me.’ ” 16For of His fullness #Lit we all receivedwe have all received, and #Lit grace for gracegrace upon grace. 17For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth #Lit came to bewere realized through Jesus Christ. 18No one has seen God at any time; God the only Son, who is in the #Lit chest; or possibly laparms of the Father, He has #I.e., given a detailed account ofexplained Him.
The Testimony of John the Baptist
19This is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites to him from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” 20And he confessed and did not deny; and this is what he confessed: “I am not the #I.e., MessiahChrist.” 21And so they asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?” And he *said, “I am not.” “Are you the Prophet?” And he answered, “No.” 22Then they said to him, “Who are you? Tell us, so that we may give an answer to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?” 23He said, “I am the voice of one calling #Or out, In the wilderness make the wayout in the wilderness, ‘Make the way of the Lord straight,’ as Isaiah the prophet said.”
24And the messengers had been sent from the Pharisees. 25They asked him, and said to him, “Why then are you baptizing, if you are not the #I.e., MessiahChrist, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?” 26John answered them, saying, “I baptize #The Gr here can be translated in, with, or byin water, but among you stands One whom you do not know. 27It is He who comes after me, of whom I am not worthy even to untie the strap of His sandal.” 28These things took place in Bethany beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing people.
29The next day he *saw Jesus coming to him, and *said, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! 30This is He in behalf of whom I said, ‘After me is coming a Man who has proved to be #Lit before memy superior, because He existed before me.’ 31And I did not recognize #I.e., as the MessiahHim, but so that He would be revealed to Israel, I came baptizing #The Gr here can be translated in, with, or byin water.” 32And John testified, saying, “I have seen the Spirit descending as a dove out of heaven, and He remained upon Him. 33And I did not recognize #I.e., as the MessiahHim, but He who sent me to baptize #The Gr here can be translated in, with, or byin water said to me, ‘He upon whom you see the Spirit descending and remaining upon Him, this is the One who baptizes #The Gr here can be translated in, with, or byin the Holy Spirit.’ 34And I myself have seen, and have testified that this is the #One early ms Chosen One ofSon of God.”
Jesus’ Public Ministry; First Converts
35Again the next day John was standing #Lit andwith two of his disciples, 36and he looked at Jesus as He walked, and *said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!” 37And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus. 38And Jesus turned and saw them following, and *said to them, “What are you seeking?” They said to Him, “Rabbi (which translated means Teacher), where are You staying?” 39He *said to them, “Come, and you will see.” So they came and saw where He was staying, and they stayed with Him that day; it was about the #I.e., about 4 p.m.tenth hour. 40One of the two who heard John speak, and followed Him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. 41He first *found his own brother Simon and *said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which translated means #Gr Anointed OneChrist). 42He brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon the son of #Gr JoannesJohn; you shall be called Cephas” (which is translated #I.e., Rock or Stone in GrPeter).
43The next day He #Or resolveddecided to go to Galilee, and He *found Philip. And Jesus *said to him, “Follow Me.” 44Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 45Philip *found Nathanael and *said to him, “We have found Him of whom Moses wrote in the Law, and the prophets also wrote: Jesus the son of Joseph, from Nazareth!” 46Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good be from Nazareth?” Philip *said to him, “Come and see.” 47Jesus saw Nathanael coming to Him, and *said of him, “Here is truly an Israelite, in whom there is no deceit!” 48Nathanael *said to Him, “How do You know me?” Jesus answered and said to him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.” 49Nathanael answered Him, “Rabbi, You are the Son of God; You are the King of Israel!” 50Jesus answered and said to him, “Because I said to you that I saw you under the fig tree, do you believe? You will see greater things than these.” 51And He *said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”