In him was life,1 and that life was the light2 of men.
The light shines in the darkness,3 but the darkness has not understood it.4
There came a man who was sent from God; his name was John.5
He came as a witness to testify6 concerning that light, so that through him all men might believe.7
He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.
The true light8 that gives light to every man9 was coming into the world.
He was in the world, and though the world was made through him,10 the world did not recognize him.
He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.11
Yet to all who received him, to those who believed12 in his name,13 he gave the right to become children of God14--
children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband's will, but born of God.15
The Word became flesh16 and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory,17 the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace18 and truth.19