John 1
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1In the beginninga was the Word,b and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.c 2He was with God in the beginning.a 3All things were createda through him,b and apart from him not one thing was created that has been created. 4In him was life,a a and that life was the lightb of men. 5That light shinesa in the darkness, and yet the darkness did not overcomeA it.b

6There was a man sent from God whose name was John.a 7He came as a witness to testify about the light, so that all might believe through him.A 8He was not the light, but he came to testifya about the light. 9The true lighta that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.a b

10He was in the world, and the world was createda through him, and yet the world did not recognize him. 11He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. 12But to all who did receivea him,b he gave them the rightc to beA childrend of God,e to those who believef in his name,g 13who were born,a not of natural descent,A or of the willb of the flesh,c or of the will of man,B but of God.d

14The Worda became fleshb and dweltA among us. We observed his glory,c the glory as the one and onlyd SonB from the Father, full of grace and truth. 15(John testified concerning him and exclaimed, “This was the one of whom I said, ‘The one coming after mea ranks ahead of me,b because he existed before me.’ ”)c 16Indeed, we have all received gracea uponA grace from his fullness, 17for the law was given through Moses;a grace and truthb came through Jesus Christ. 18No one has ever seen God. The one and onlya Son, who is himself God and is at the Father’sb sideA —he has revealed him.c

John the Baptist’s Testimony

19This was John’s testimony when the Jews from Jerusalema sent priestsb and Levitesc to ask him, “Who are you? ”

20He didn’t deny it but confessed, “I am not the Messiah.”a

21“What then? ” they asked him. “Are you Elijah? ”a

“I am not,” he said.

“Are you the Prophet? ”b

“No,” he answered.

22“Who are you, then? ” they asked. “We need to give an answer to those who sent us. What can you tell us about yourself? ”

23He said, “I am a voice of one crying out in the wilderness: Make straight the way of the Lorda b — just as Isaiahc the prophet said.”

24Now they had been sent from the Pharisees.a 25So they asked him, “Why then do you baptize if you aren’t the Messiah, or Elijah, or the Prophet? ”

26“I baptize withA water,”a John answered them. “Someone stands among you, but you don’t know him. 27He is the one coming after me,a a whose sandal strap I’m not worthy to untie.” 28All this happened in BethanyA across the Jordan,a where John was baptizing.

The Lamb of God

29The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God,a who takes away the sinb of the world! 30This is the one I told you about: ‘After me comes a man who ranks ahead of me, because he existed before me.’ 31I didn’t know him,a but I came baptizing with water so that he might be revealedb to Israel.” 32And John testified, “I saw the Spirita descending from heaven like a dove, and he rested on him.b 33I didn’t know him, but he who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘The one you see the Spirit descending and resting on — he is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’a 34I have seen and testified that this is the Son of God.”a a

35The next day, John was standing with two of his disciples. 36When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God! ”

37The two disciples heard him say this and followed Jesus. 38When Jesus turned and noticed them following him, he asked them, “What are you looking for? ”

They said to him, “Rabbi”a (which means “Teacher”), “where are you staying? ”

39“Come and you’ll see,” he replied. So they went and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day. It was about four in the afternoon.A

40Andrew,a Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard John and followed him. 41He first found his own brother Simon and told him, “We have found the Messiah”a a (which is translated “the Christ”),b 42and he brought Simon to Jesus.

When Jesus saw him, he said, “You are Simon, son of John.A You will be called Cephas”a (which is translated “Peter”B).

Philip and Nathanael

43The next day JesusA decided to leave for Galilee. He found Philipa and told him, “Follow me.”

44Now Philip was from Bethsaida,a the hometown of Andrew and Peter. 45Philip found Nathanaela and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the law (and so did the prophetsb): Jesus the son of Joseph,c from Nazareth.”d

46“Can anything gooda come out of Nazareth? ” Nathanael asked him.

“Come and see,” Philip answered.

47Then Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said about him, “Here truly is an Israelitea in whom there is no deceit.”

48“How do you know me? ” Nathanael asked.

“Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you,” Jesus answered.

49“Rabbi,”a Nathanael replied, “You are the Sonb of God; you are the King of Israel! ”c

50Jesus responded to him, “Do you believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than this.” 51Then he said, “Truly I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of Goda ascending and descendingb on the Son of Man.”c

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