John 1:14-24 (GOD'S WORD Translation)

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14 The Word became human and lived among us. We saw his glory. It was the glory that the Father shares with his only Son, a glory full of kindness and truth. 15 (John declared the truth about him when he said loudly, "This is the person about whom I said, 'The one who comes after me was before me because he existed before I did.'") 16 Each of us has received one gift after another because of all that the Word is. 17 The Teachings were given through Moses, but kindness and truth came into existence through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God. God's only Son, the one who is closest to the Father's heart, has made him known. 19 This was John's answer when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, "Who are you?" 20 John didn't refuse to answer. He told them clearly, "I'm not the Messiah." 21 They asked him, "Well, are you Elijah?" John answered, "No, I'm not." Then they asked, "Are you the prophet?" John replied, "No." 22 So they asked him, "Who are you? Tell us so that we can take an answer back to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?" 23 John said, "I'm a voice crying out in the desert, 'Make the way for the Lord straight,' as the prophet Isaiah said." 24 Some of those who had been sent were Pharisees.
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