John 1:1-28 NIV

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

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2 He was with God in the beginning.4

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3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.5

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4 In him was life,6 and that life was the light7 of men.

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5 The light shines in the darkness,8 but the darkness has not understooda it.9

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    • a 1:5 - Or "darkness, and the darkness has not overcome"
      6 There came a man who was sent from God; his name was John.10

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      7 He came as a witness to testify11 concerning that light, so that through him all men might believe.12

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          8 He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.
          9 The true light13 that gives light to every man14 was coming into the world.b

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            • b 1:9 - Or "This was the true light that gives light to every man who comes into the world"
              10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him,15 the world did not recognize him.

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                  11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.16

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                  12 Yet to all who received him, to those who believed17 in his name,18 he gave the right to become children of God19--

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                  13 children born not of natural descent,c nor of human decision or a husband's will, but born of God.20

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                  14 The Word became flesh21 and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory,22 the glory of the One and Only,d who came from the Father, full of grace23 and truth.24

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                    • d 1:14 - Or "the Only Begotten"
                      15 John testifies25 concerning him. He cries out, saying, "This was he of whom I said, 'He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.' "26

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                          16 From the fullness27 of his grace28 we have all received one blessing after another.

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                          17 For the law was given through Moses;29 grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.30

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                          18 No one has ever seen God,31 but God the One and Onlyef32, who is at the Father's side, has made him known.

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                            • e 1:18 - Or "the Only Begotten"
                            • f 1:18 - Some manuscripts "but the only" (or "only begotten") "Son"

                              John the Baptist Denies Being the Christ

                              19 Now this was John's33 testimony when the Jews34 of Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask him who he was.

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                              20 He did not fail to confess, but confessed freely, "I am not the Christ.g "35

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                                • g 1:20 - Or "Messiah." "The Christ" (Greek) and "the Messiah" (Hebrew) both mean "the Anointed One"; also in verse 25.
                                  21 They asked him, "Then who are you? Are you Elijah?"36 He said, "I am not." "Are you the Prophet?"37 He answered, "No."

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                                  22 Finally they said, "Who are you? Give us an answer to take back to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself ?"
                                  23 John replied in the words of Isaiah the prophet, "I am the voice of one calling in the desert,38 'Make straight the way for the Lord.' "h39

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                                    • h 1:23 - Isaiah 40:3
                                      24 Now some Pharisees who had been sent
                                      25 questioned him, "Why then do you baptize if you are not the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?"
                                      26 "I baptize withi water,"40 John replied, "but among you stands one you do not know.

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                                        • i 1:26 - Or "in"; also in verses 31 and 33
                                          27 He is the one who comes after me,41 the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie."42

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                                              28 This all happened at Bethany on the other side of the Jordan,43 where John was baptizing.

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