John 1:1-28 American Standard Version

The Word Made Flesh

1 1  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2  The same was in the beginning with God. 3  All things were made through him; and without him was not anything made that hath been made. 4  In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

5  And the light shineth in the darkness; and the darkness apprehended it not. 6  There came a man, sent from God, whose name was John. 7  The same came for witness, that he might bear witness of the light, that all might believe through him. 8  He was not the light, but [came] that he might bear witness of the light. 9  There was the true light, [even the light] which lighteth every man, coming into the world. 10  He was in the world, and the world was made through him, and the world knew him not. 11  He came unto his own, and they that were his own received him not. 12  But as many as received him, to them gave he the right to become children of God, [even] to them that believe on his name: 13  who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. 14  And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us (and we beheld his glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father), full of grace and truth.

15  John beareth witness of him, and crieth, saying, This was he of whom I said, He that cometh after me is become before me: for he was before me. 16  For of his fulness we all received, and grace for grace. 17  For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18  No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared [him].

The Testimony of John the Baptist

19  And this is the witness of John, when the Jews sent unto him from Jerusalem priests and Levites to ask him, Who art thou? 20  And he confessed, and denied not; and he confessed, I am not the Christ. 21  And they asked him, What then? Art thou Elijah? And he saith, I am not. Art thou the prophet? And he answered, No. 22  They said therefore unto him, Who art thou? that we may give an answer to them that sent us. What sayest thou of thyself? 23  He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said Isaiah the prophet. 24  And they had been sent from the Pharisees. 25  And they asked him, and said unto him, Why then baptizest thou, if thou art not the Christ, neither Elijah, neither the prophet? 26  John answered them, saying, I baptize in water: in the midst of you standeth one whom ye know not, 27  [even] he that cometh after me, the latchet of whose shoe I am not worthy to unloose. 28  These things were done in Bethany beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing.

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