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John 1 NIRV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 In the beginning, the Word was already there. 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 through him. Nothing that has been made was made without him. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.
4 Life was in him, and that life was the light for all people. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of men.
5 The light shines in the darkness. But the darkness has not understood it. 5 The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.
6 A man came who was sent from God. His name was John. 6 There came a man who was sent from God; his name was John.
7 He came to give witness about that light. He gave witness so that all people could believe. 7 He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all men might believe.
8 John himself was not the light. He came only as a witness to 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 every man 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 that was made through him. But the world did not recognize 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 what 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 Some people did accept him. They believed in his name. He gave them 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 To be a child of God has nothing to do with human parents. Children of God are not born because of human choice or because a husband wants them to be born. They are born because of what God does. 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 being. He made his home with us. We have seen his glory. It is the glory of the one and only Son. He came from 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 gives witness about him. He cries out and says, "This was the one I was talking about. I said, 'He who comes after me is more important than I am. He is more important because he existed before I was born.' " 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 have all received one blessing after another. God's grace is not limited. 16 From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another.
17 Moses gave us the law. Jesus Christ has given us grace and truth. 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 one and only Son, is at the Father's side. 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 The Jews of Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask John who he was. John gave witness to them. 19 Now this was John's testimony when the Jews of Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask him who he was.
20 He did not try to hide the truth. He spoke to them openly. He said, "I am not the Christ." 20 He did not fail to confess, but confessed freely, "I am not the Christ. "
21 They asked him, "Then who are you? Are you Elijah?" He said, "I am not." "Are you the Prophet we've been expecting?" they asked. "No," he answered. 21 They asked him, "Then who are you? Are you Elijah?" He said, "I am not." "Are you the Prophet?" He answered, "No."
22 They asked one last time, "Who are you? Give us an answer to take back to 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 replied, using the words of Isaiah the prophet. John said, "I'm the messenger who is calling out in the desert, 'Make the way for the Lord straight.' "#1(Isaiah 40:3)#2 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 24 Now some Pharisees who had been sent
25 asked him, "If you are not the Christ, why are you baptizing people? Why are you doing that if you aren't Elijah or the Prophet we've been expecting?" 25 questioned him, "Why then do you baptize if you are not the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?"
26 "I baptize people with water," John replied. "But One is standing among you whom you do not know. 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 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. That was where John was baptizing. 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! He 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. I said, 'A man who comes after me is more important than I am. That's because he existed before I was born.' 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 did not know him. But God wants to make it clear to Israel who this person is. That's the reason I came baptizing with water." 31 I myself did not know him, but the reason I came baptizing with water was that he might be revealed to Israel."
32 Then John told them, "I saw the Holy Spirit come down from heaven like a dove. The Spirit remained on Jesus. 32 Then John gave this testimony: "I saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him.
33 I would not have known him. But the One who sent me to baptize with water told me, 'You will see the Spirit come down and remain on someone. 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 it happen. I give witness that 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 again with two of his disciples. 35 The next day John was there again with two of his disciples.
36 He saw Jesus walking by. John said, "Look! The Lamb of God!" 36 When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, "Look, the Lamb of God!"
37 The two disciples heard him say this. So they followed Jesus. 37 When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus.
38 Then Jesus turned around and saw them following. He asked, "What do you want?" 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 "Come," he replied. "You will see." So they went and saw where he was staying. They spent the rest of the day with him. 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 Andrew was Simon Peter's brother. Andrew was one of the two disciples who heard what John had said. He had also 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 Andrew did was to find his brother Simon. He told 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 And he brought Simon to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, "You are Simon, son of John. You will be called Cephas." Cephas means Peter (or 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 leave for 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. So were Andrew and Peter. 44 Philip, like Andrew and Peter, was from the town of Bethsaida.
45 Philip found Nathanael and told him, "We have found the One that Moses wrote about in the Law. The prophets also wrote about him. He is Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph." 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 "Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?" Nathanael asked. "Come and see," said Philip. 46 "Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?" Nathanael asked. "Come and see," said Philip.
47 Jesus saw Nathanael approaching. Here is what Jesus said about him. "He is a true 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 "How do you know me?" Nathanael asked. Jesus answered, "I saw you while you were still under the fig tree. I saw you there before Philip called you." 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 replied, "Rabbi, 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, "You believe 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 Then he said to the disciples, "What I'm about to tell you is true. You will see heaven open. You will see the 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."