1The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
There was a man 2sent from God, whose name was 3John.
He came as a 4witness, to bear witness about the light, 5that all might believe through him.
6He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light.
7The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.
He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet 8the world did not know him.
He came to 9his own, and 10his own people11 did not receive him.
But to all who did receive him, 12who believed in his name, 13he gave the right 14to become 15children of God,
who 16were born, 17not of blood 18nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
And 19the Word 20became flesh and 21dwelt among us, 22and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of 23grace and 24truth.
(25John bore witness about him, and cried out, "This was he of whom I said, 26'He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.'")