John 1 (New American Standard)

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The Deity of Jesus Christ

1 1In the beginning was 2the Word, and the Word was 3with God, and 4the Word was God. 2 aHe was in the beginning with God. 3 5All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. 4 6In Him was life, and the life was 7the Light of men. 5 8The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not bcomprehend it.

The Witness John

6 There ccame a man sent from God, whose name was 9John. 7 dHe came e10as a witness, to testify about the Light, 11so that all might believe through him. 8 f12He was not the Light, but he came to testify about the Light. 9 There was 13the true Light gwhich, coming into the world, enlightens every man. 10 He was in the world, and 14the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. 11 He came to His hown, and those who were His own did not receive Him. 12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become 15children of God, even 16to those who believe in His name, 13 17who were iborn, not of jblood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

The Word Made Flesh

14 And 18the Word 19became flesh, and k20dwelt among us, and 21we saw His glory, glory as of lthe only begotten from the Father, full of 22grace and 23truth. 15 John 24testified about Him and cried out, saying, "This was He of whom I said, '25He who comes after me mhas a higher rank than I, 26for He existed before me.' " 16 For of His 27fullness nwe have all received, and ograce upon grace. 17 For 28the Law was given through Moses ; 29grace and 30truth pwere realized through Jesus Christ. 18 31No one has seen God at any time ; 32the only begotten God who is 33in the bosom of the Father, 34He has explained Him.

The Testimony of John

19 This is 35the testimony of John, when 36the Jews sent to him priests and Levites 37from Jerusalem to ask him, "Who are you?" 20 And he confessed and did not deny, but confessed, "38I am not qthe Christ." 21 They asked him, "What then ? Are you 39Elijah ?" And he said, "I am not." "Are you 40the Prophet ?" And he answered, "No." 22 Then they said to him, "Who are you, so that we may give an answer to those who sent us? What do you say about yourself ?" 23 He said, "I am 41A VOICE OF ONE CRYING IN THE WILDERNESS, 'MAKE STRAIGHT THE WAY OF THE LORD,' as Isaiah the prophet said." 24 Now they had been sent from the Pharisees. 25 They asked him, and said to him, "Why then are you baptizing, if you are not the rChrist, nor Elijah, nor 42the Prophet ?" 26 John answered them saying, "43I baptize sin water, but among you stands One whom you do not know. 27 "It is 44He who comes after me, the 45thong of whose sandal I am not worthy to untie." 28 These things took place in Bethany 46beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing. 29 The next day he saw Jesus coming to him and said, "Behold, 47the Lamb of God who 48takes away the sin of the world ! 30 "This is He on behalf of whom I said, '49After me comes a Man who thas a higher rank than I, 50for He existed before me.' 31 "I did not recognize uHim, but so that He might be manifested to Israel, I came baptizing vin water." 32 John 51testified saying, "52I have seen the Spirit descending as a dove out of heaven, and He remained upon Him. 33 "I did not recognize wHim, but He who sent me to baptize xin water said to me, 'He upon whom you see the Spirit descending and remaining upon Him, 53this is the One who baptizes yin the Holy Spirit.' 34 "I myself have seen, and have testified that this is 54the Son of God."

Jesus' Public Ministry, First Converts

35 Again 55the next day John was standing zwith two of his disciples, 36 and he looked at Jesus as He walked, and said, "Behold, 56the Lamb of God !" 37 The two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus. 38 And Jesus turned and saw them following, and said to them, "What do you seek ?" They said to Him, "57Rabbi (which translated means Teacher ), where are You staying ?" 39 He said to them, "Come, and you will see." So they came and saw where He was staying ; and they stayed with Him that day, for it was about the aatenth hour. 40 58One of the two who heard John speak and followed Him, was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother. 41 He found first his own brother Simon and said to him, "We have found the 59Messiah " (which translated means bbChrist ). 42 He brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, "You are Simon the son of cc60John ; you shall be called 61Cephas " (which is translated dd62Peter ). 43 63The next day He purposed to go into 64Galilee, and He found 65Philip. And Jesus said to him, "66Follow Me." 44 Now 67Philip was from 68Bethsaida, of the city of Andrew and Peter. 45 69Philip found 70Nathanael and said to him, "We have found Him of whom 71Moses in the Law and also 72the Prophets wrote -Jesus of 73Nazareth, 74the son of Joseph." 46 Nathanael said to him, "75Can any good thing come out of Nazareth ?" 76Philip said to him, "Come and see." 47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming to Him, and said of him, "Behold, an 77Israelite indeed, in whom there is no deceit !" 48 Nathanael said to Him, "How do You know me?" Jesus answered and said to him, "Before 78Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you." 49 Nathanael answered Him, "79Rabbi, You are 80the Son of God ; You are the 81King of Israel." 50 Jesus answered and said to him, "Because I said to you that I saw you under the fig tree, do you believe ? You will see greater things than these." 51 And He said to him, "Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see 82the heavens opened and 83the angels of God ascending and descending on 84the Son of Man."
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