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John 1:1-18 (Today's New International Version)

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The Word Became Flesh

1 In the beginning was the Word,1 and the Word was with God,2 and the Word was God.3 2 He was with God in the beginning.4 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.5 4 In him was life,6 and that life was the light7 of all people. 5 The light shines in the darkness,8 and the darkness has not overcomea it.9 6 There was a man sent from God whose name was John.10 7 He came as a witness to testify11 concerning that light, so that through him all might believe.12 8 He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. 9 The true light13 that gives light to everyone14 was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him,15 the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.16 12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed17 in his name,18 he gave the right to become children of God19-- 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband's will, but born of God.20 14 The Word became flesh21 and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory,22 the glory of the one and only [Son], who came from the Father, full of grace23 and truth.24 15 (John testified25 concerning him. He cried out, saying, "This is he of whom I said, 'He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.' ")26 16 Out of his fullness27 we have all received grace28 in place of grace already given. 17 For the law was given through Moses;29 grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.30 18 No one has ever seen God,31 but the one and only [Son], who is himself God andb32 is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.
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