John 1 NLT

1 In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 He existed in the beginning with God.
3 God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him.
4 The Word gave life to everything that was created,a and his life brought light to everyone.

References for John 1:4

    • 1:4 - Or and nothing that was created was created except through him. The Word gave life to everything.
      5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.b

      References for John 1:5

        • 1:5 - Or and the darkness has not understood it.
          6 God sent a man, John the Baptist,c

          References for John 1:6

            • 1:6 - Greek a man named John.
              7 to tell about the light so that everyone might believe because of his testimony.
              8 John himself was not the light; he was simply a witness to tell about the light.
              9 The one who is the true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.
              10 He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him.
              11 He came to his own people, and even they rejected him.
              12 But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.
              13 They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God.
              14 So the Word became humand and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness.e And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.

              References for John 1:14

                • 1:14 - Greek became flesh.
                • 1:14 - Or grace and truth; also in 1:17 .
                  15 John testified about him when he shouted to the crowds, “This is the one I was talking about when I said, ‘Someone is coming after me who is far greater than I am, for he existed long before me.’”
                  16 From his abundance we have all received one gracious blessing after another.f

                  References for John 1:16

                    • 1:16 - Or received the grace of Christ rather than the grace of the law; Greek reads received grace upon grace.
                      17 For the law was given through Moses, but God’s unfailing love and faithfulness came through Jesus Christ.
                      18 No one has ever seen God. But the unique One, who is himself God,g is near to the Father’s heart. He has revealed God to us.

                      References for John 1:18

                        • 1:18 - Some manuscripts read But the one and only Son.
                          19 This was John’s testimony when the Jewish leaders sent priests and Temple assistantsh from Jerusalem to ask John, “Who are you?”

                          References for John 1:19

                            • 1:19 - Greek and Levites.
                              20 He came right out and said, “I am not the Messiah.”
                              21 “Well then, who are you?” they asked. “Are you Elijah?” “No,” he replied. “Are you the Prophet we are expecting?”i “No.”

                              References for John 1:21

                                • 1:21 - Greek Are you the Prophet? See Deut 18:15, 18; Mal 4:5-6 .
                                  22 “Then who are you? We need an answer for those who sent us. What do you have to say about yourself?”
                                  23 John replied in the words of the prophet Isaiah: “I am a voice shouting in the wilderness, ‘Clear the way for the ’s coming!’”j

                                  References for John 1:23

                                    • 1:23 - Isa 40:3 .
                                      24 Then the Pharisees who had been sent
                                      25 asked him, “If you aren’t the Messiah or Elijah or the Prophet, what right do you have to baptize?”
                                      26 John told them, “I baptize withk water, but right here in the crowd is someone you do not recognize.

                                      References for John 1:26

                                        • 1:26 - Or in; also in 1:31, 33 .
                                          27 Though his ministry follows mine, I’m not even worthy to be his slave and untie the straps of his sandal.”
                                          28 This encounter took place in Bethany, an area east of the Jordan River, where John was baptizing.
                                          29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!
                                          30 He is the one I was talking about when I said, ‘A man is coming after me who is far greater than I am, for he existed long before me.’
                                          31 I did not recognize him as the Messiah, but I have been baptizing with water so that he might be revealed to Israel.”
                                          32 Then John testified, “I saw the Holy Spirit descending like a dove from heaven and resting upon him.
                                          33 I didn’t know he was the one, but when God sent me to baptize with water, he told me, ‘The one on whom you see the Spirit descend and rest is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’
                                          34 I saw this happen to Jesus, so I testify that he is the Chosen One of God.l

                                          References for John 1:34

                                            • 1:34 - Some manuscripts read the Son of God.
                                              35 The following day John was again standing with two of his disciples.
                                              36 As Jesus walked by, John looked at him and declared, “Look! There is the Lamb of God!”
                                              37 When John’s two disciples heard this, they followed Jesus.
                                              38 Jesus looked around and saw them following. “What do you want?” he asked them. They replied, “Rabbi” (which means “Teacher”), “where are you staying?”
                                              39 “Come and see,” he said. It was about four o’clock in the afternoon when they went with him to the place where he was staying, and they remained with him the rest of the day.
                                              40 Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of these men who heard what John said and then followed Jesus.
                                              41 Andrew went to find his brother, Simon, and told him, “We have found the Messiah” (which means “Christ”m ).

                                              References for John 1:41

                                                • 1:41 - Messiah (a Hebrew term) and Christ (a Greek term) both mean “anointed one.”
                                                  42 Then Andrew brought Simon to meet Jesus. Looking intently at Simon, Jesus said, “Your name is Simon, son of John—but you will be called Cephas” (which means “Peter”n ).

                                                  References for John 1:42

                                                    • 1:42 - The names Cephas (from Aramaic) and Peter (from Greek) both mean “rock.”
                                                      43 The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Come, follow me.”
                                                      44 Philip was from Bethsaida, Andrew and Peter’s hometown.
                                                      45 Philip went to look for Nathanael and told him, “We have found the very person Moseso and the prophets wrote about! His name is Jesus, the son of Joseph from Nazareth.”

                                                      References for John 1:45

                                                        • 1:45 - Greek Moses in the law.
                                                          46 “Nazareth!” exclaimed Nathanael. “Can anything good come from Nazareth?” “Come and see for yourself,” Philip replied.
                                                          47 As they approached, Jesus said, “Now here is a genuine son of Israel—a man of complete integrity.”
                                                          48 “How do you know about me?” Nathanael asked. Jesus replied, “I could see you under the fig tree before Philip found you.”
                                                          49 Then Nathanael exclaimed, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God—the King of Israel!”
                                                          50 Jesus asked him, “Do you believe this just because I told you I had seen you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than this.”
                                                          51 Then he said, “I tell you the truth, you will all see heaven open and the angels of God going up and down on the Son of Man, the one who is the stairway between heaven and earth.p

                                                          References for John 1:51

                                                            • 1:51 - Greek going up and down on the Son of Man; see Gen 28:10-17 . “Son of Man” is a title Jesus used for himself.