In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
He was in the beginning with God.
All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing that exists came into being.
In Him was Life, and that Life was the Light of men.
The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overpowered it.
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
He came as a witness, in order that he might give testimony concerning the Light--so that all might believe through him.
He was not the Light, but he existed that he might give testimony concerning the Light.
The true Light was that which illumines every man by its coming into the world.
He was in the world, and the world came into existence through Him, and the world did not recognize Him.
He came to the things that were His own, and His own people gave Him no welcome.
But all who have received Him, to them--that is, to those who trust in His name--He has given the privilege of becoming children of God;
who were begotten as such not by human descent, nor through an impulse of their own nature, nor through the will of a human father, but from God.
And the Word came in the flesh, and lived for a time in our midst, so that we saw His glory--the glory as of the Father's only Son, sent from His presence. He was full of grace and truth.
John gave testimony concerning Him and cried aloud, saying, "This is He of whom I said, `He who is coming after me has been put before me,' for He was before me."
For He it is from whose fulness we have all received, and grace upon grace.
For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
No human eye has ever seen God: the only Son, who is in the Father's bosom--He has made Him known.