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John 1 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 The Word was first, the Word present to God, God present to the Word. The Word was God, 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 in readiness for God from day one. 2 He was with God in the beginning.
3 Everything was created through him; nothing - not one thing! - came into being without him. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.
4 What came into existence was Life, and the Life was Light to live by. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of men.
5 The Life-Light blazed out of the darkness; the darkness couldn't put it out. 5 The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.
6 There once was a man, his name John, sent by God 6 There came a man who was sent from God; his name was John.
7 to point out the way to the Life-Light. He came to show everyone where to look, who to believe in. 7 He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all men might believe.
8 John was not himself the Light; he was there to show the way to the Light. 8 He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.
9 The Life-Light was the real thing: Every person entering Life he brings into Light. 9 The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world.
10 He was in the world, the world was there through him, and yet the world didn't even notice. 10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him.
11 He came to his own people, but they didn't want him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.
12 But whoever did want him, who believed he was who he claimed and would do what he said, He made to be their true selves, their child-of-God selves. 12 Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God--
13 These are the God-begotten, not blood-begotten, not flesh-begotten, not sex-begotten. 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband's will, but born of God.
14 The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood. We saw the glory with our own eyes, the one-of-a-kind glory, like Father, like Son, Generous inside and out, true from start to finish. 14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
15 John pointed him out and called, "This is the One! The One I told you was coming after me but in fact was ahead of me. He has always been ahead of me, has always had the first word." 15 John testifies 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.' "
16 We all live off his generous bounty, gift after gift after gift. 16 From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another.
17 We got the basics from Moses, and then this exuberant giving and receiving, This endless knowing and understanding - all this came through Jesus, the Messiah. 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
18 No one has ever seen God, not so much as a glimpse. This one-of-a-kind God-Expression, who exists at the very heart of the Father, has made him plain as day. Thunder in the Desert 18 No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father's side, has made him known.
19 When Jews from Jerusalem sent a group of priests and officials to ask John who he was, he was completely honest. 19 Now this was John's testimony when the Jews of Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask him who he was.
20 He didn't evade the question. He told the plain truth: "I am not the Messiah." 20 He did not fail to confess, but confessed freely, "I am not the Christ. "
21 They pressed him, "Who, then? Elijah?" "I am not." "The Prophet?" "No." 21 They asked him, "Then who are you? Are you Elijah?" He said, "I am not." "Are you the Prophet?" He answered, "No."
22 Exasperated, they said, "Who, then? We need an answer for those who sent us. Tell us something - anything! - about yourself." 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 "I'm thunder in the desert: 'Make the road straight for God!' I'm doing what the prophet Isaiah preached." 23 John replied in the words of Isaiah the prophet, "I am the voice of one calling in the desert, 'Make straight the way for the Lord.' "
24 Those sent to question him were from the Pharisee party. 24 Now some Pharisees who had been sent
25 Now they had a question of their own: "If you're neither the Messiah, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet, why do you baptize?" 25 questioned him, "Why then do you baptize if you are not the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?"
26 John answered, "I only baptize using water. A person you don't recognize has taken his stand in your midst. 26 "I baptize with water," John replied, "but among you stands one you do not know.
27 He comes after me, but he is not in second place to me. I'm not even worthy to hold his coat for him." 27 He is the one who comes after me, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie."
28 These conversations took place in Bethany on the other side of the Jordan, where John was baptizing at the time. 28 This all happened at Bethany on the other side of the Jordan, where John was baptizing.
29 The very next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and yelled out, 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 "Here he is, God's Passover Lamb! He forgives the sins of the world! This is the man I've been talking about, 'the One who comes after me but is really ahead of me.' 30 This is the one I meant when I said, 'A man who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.'
31 I knew nothing about who he was - only this: that my task has been to get Israel ready to recognize him as the God-Revealer. That is why I came here baptizing with water, giving you a good bath and scrubbing sins from your life so you can get a fresh start with God." 31 I myself did not know him, but the reason I came baptizing with water was that he might be revealed to Israel."
32 John clinched his witness with this: "I watched the Spirit, like a dove flying down out of the sky, making himself at home in him. 32 Then John gave this testimony: "I saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him.
33 I repeat, I know nothing about him except this: The One who authorized me to baptize with water told me, 'The One on whom you see the Spirit come down and stay, this One will baptize with the Holy Spirit.' 33 I would not have known him, except that the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, 'The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is he who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.'
34 That's exactly what I saw happen, and I'm telling you, there's no question about it: This is the Son of God." 34 I have seen and I testify that this is the Son of God."
35 The next day John was back at his post with two disciples, who were watching. 35 The next day John was there again with two of his disciples.
36 He looked up, saw Jesus walking nearby, and said, "Here he is, God's Passover Lamb." 36 When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, "Look, the Lamb of God!"
37 The two disciples heard him and went after Jesus. 37 When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus.
38 Jesus looked over his shoulder and said to them, "What are you after?" They said, "Rabbi" (which means "Teacher"), "where are you staying?" 38 Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, "What do you want?" They said, "Rabbi" (which means Teacher), "where are you staying?"
39 He replied, "Come along and see for yourself." They came, saw where he was living, and ended up staying with him for the day. It was late afternoon when this happened. 39 "Come," he replied, "and you will see." So they went and saw where he was staying, and spent that day with him. It was about the tenth hour.
40 Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, was one of the two who heard John's witness and followed Jesus. 40 Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, was one of the two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus.
41 The first thing he did after finding where Jesus lived was find his own brother, Simon, telling him, "We've found the Messiah" (that is, "Christ"). 41 The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, "We have found the Messiah" (that is, the Christ).
42 He immediately led him to Jesus. Jesus took one look up and said, "You're John's son, Simon? From now on your name is Cephas" (or Peter, which means "Rock"). 42 And he brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, "You are Simon son of John. You will be called Cephas" (which, when translated, is Peter ).
43 The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. When he got there, he ran across Philip and said, "Come, follow me." 43 The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. Finding Philip, he said to him, "Follow me."
44 (Philip's hometown was Bethsaida, the same as Andrew and Peter.) 44 Philip, like Andrew and Peter, was from the town of Bethsaida.
45 Philip went and found Nathanael and told him, "We've found the One Moses wrote of in the Law, the One preached by the prophets. It's Jesus, Joseph's son, the one from Nazareth!" 45 Philip found Nathanael and told him, "We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote--Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph."
46 Nathanael said, "Nazareth? You've got to be kidding." But Philip said, "Come, see for yourself." 46 "Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?" Nathanael asked. "Come and see," said Philip.
47 When Jesus saw him coming he said, "There's a real Israelite, not a false bone in his body." 47 When Jesus saw Nathanael approaching, he said of him, "Here is a true Israelite, in whom there is nothing false."
48 Nathanael said, "Where did you get that idea? You don't know me." Jesus answered, "One day, long before Philip called you here, I saw you under the fig tree." 48 "How do you know me?" Nathanael asked. Jesus answered, "I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you."
49 Nathanael exclaimed, "Rabbi! You are the Son of God, the King of Israel!" 49 Then Nathanael declared, "Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel."
50 Jesus said, "You've become a believer simply because I say I saw you one day sitting under the fig tree? You haven't seen anything yet! 50 Jesus said, "You believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree. You shall see greater things than that."
51 Before this is over you're going to see heaven open and God's angels descending to the Son of Man and ascending again." 51 He then added, "I tell you the truth, you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man."