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1 In the beginning there was the Word. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 He was with God in the beginning. 2 He was with God in the beginning.
3 All things were made by him, and nothing was made without him. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.
4 In him there was life, and that life was the light of all people. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of men.
5 The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overpowered it. 5 The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.
6 There was a man named Johnn who was sent by God. 6 There came a man who was sent from God; his name was John.
7 He came to tell people the truth about the Light so that through him all people could hear about the Light and believe. 7 He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all men might believe.
8 John was not the Light, but he came to tell people the truth about the Light. 8 He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.
9 The true Light that gives light to all was coming into the world! 9 The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world.
10 The Word was in the world, and the world was made by him, but the world did not know him. 10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him.
11 He came to the world that was his own, but his own people did not accept him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.
12 But to all who did accept him and believe in him he gave the right to become children of God. 12 Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God--
13 They did not become his children in any human way -- by any human parents or human desire. They were born of God. 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband's will, but born of God.
14 The Word became a human and lived among us. We saw his glory -- the glory that belongs to the only Son of the Father -- and he was full of grace and truth. 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 tells the truth about him and cries out, saying, "This is the One I told you about: 'The One who comes after me is greater than I am, because he was living before me.'" 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 Because he was full of grace and truth, from him we all received one gift after another. 16 From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another.
17 The law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
18 No one has ever seen God. But God the only Son is very close to the Father, and he has shown us what God is like. 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 Here is the truth Johnn told when the Jews in Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask him, "Who are you?" 19 Now this was John's testimony when the Jews of Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask him who he was.
20 John spoke freely and did not refuse to answer. He said, "I am not the Christ." 20 He did not fail to confess, but confessed freely, "I am not the Christ. "
21 So they asked him, "Then who are you? Are you Elijah?" He answered, "No, I am not." "Are you the Prophet?" they asked. He answered, "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 Then they said, "Who are you? Give us an answer to tell those who sent us. What do you say 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 John told them in the words of the prophet Isaiah: "I am the voice of one calling out in the desert: 'Make the road straight for the Lord.'" 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 Some Pharisees who had been sent asked John: 24 Now some Pharisees who had been sent
25 "If you are not the Christ or Elijah or the Prophet, why do you baptize people?" 25 questioned him, "Why then do you baptize if you are not the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?"
26 John answered, "I baptize with water, but there is one here with you that you don't know about. 26 "I baptize with water," John replied, "but among you stands one you do not know.
27 He is the One who comes after me. I am not good enough to untie the strings of his sandals." 27 He is the one who comes after me, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie."
28 This all happened at Bethany on the other side of the Jordan River, where John was baptizing people. 28 This all happened at Bethany on the other side of the Jordan, where John was baptizing.
29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him. John said, "Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! 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 This is the One I was talking about when I said, 'A man will come after me, but he is greater than I am, because he was living before 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 Even I did not know who he was, although I came baptizing with water so that the people of Israel would know who he is." 31 I myself did not know him, but the reason I came baptizing with water was that he might be revealed to Israel."
32 32 Then John gave this testimony: "I saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him.
33 Then John said, "I saw the Spirit come down from heaven in the form of a dove and rest on him. Until then I did not know who the Christ was. But the God who sent me to baptize with water told me, 'You will see the Spirit come down and rest on a man; he is the One who 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 I have seen this happen, and I tell you the truth: This man is the Son of God." 34 I have seen and I testify that this is the Son of God."
35 The next day Johnn was there again with two of his followers. 35 The next day John was there again with two of his disciples.
36 When he saw Jesus walking by, he said, "Look, the Lamb of God!" 36 When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, "Look, the Lamb of God!"
37 The two followers heard John say this, so they followed Jesus. 37 When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus.
38 When Jesus turned and saw them following him, he asked, "What are you looking for?" They said, "Rabbi, where are you staying?" ("Rabbi" means "Teacher.") 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 answered, "Come and see." So the two men went with Jesus and saw where he was staying and stayed there with him that day. It was about four o'clock in the afternoon. 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 One of the two men who followed Jesus after they heard John speak about him was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother. 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 Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and say to him, "We have found the Messiah." ("Messiah" means "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 Then Andrew took Simon to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, "You are Simon son of John. You will be called Cephas." ("Cephas" means "Peter."n) 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. He found Philip and said to him, "Follow me." 43 The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. Finding Philip, he said to him, "Follow me."
44 Philip was from the town of Bethsaida, where Andrew and Peter lived. 44 Philip, like Andrew and Peter, was from the town of Bethsaida.
45 Philip found Nathanael and told him, "We have found the man that Moses wrote about in the law, and the prophets also wrote about him. He is Jesus, the son of Joseph, 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 But Nathanael said to Philip, "Can anything good come from Nazareth?" Philip answered, "Come and see." 46 "Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?" Nathanael asked. "Come and see," said Philip.
47 As Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him, he said, "Here is truly an Israelite. There is nothing false in him." 47 When Jesus saw Nathanael approaching, he said of him, "Here is a true Israelite, in whom there is nothing false."
48 Nathanael asked, "How do you know me?" Jesus answered, "I saw you when you were under the fig tree, before Philip told you about me." 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 Then Nathanael said to Jesus, "Teacher, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel." 49 Then Nathanael declared, "Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel."
50 Jesus said to Nathanael, "Do you believe simply because I told you I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than that." 50 Jesus said, "You believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree. You shall see greater things than that."
51 And Jesus said to them, "I tell you the truth, you will all see heaven open and 'angels of God going up and coming down' on the Son of Man." 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."