John 1:1-28 New American Standard Bible

The Word Made Flesh

1 In the beginning was the Word , and the Word was with God , and the Word was God . 2  [1]He was in the beginning with God . 3  All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing e came into being that has come into being . 4  In Him was life , and the life was the Light of men .

5  The Light shines in the darkness , and the darkness did not [2]comprehend it. 6  There [3]came a man sent from God , whose name was John . 7  [4]He came [5] as a witness , to testify about the Light , so that all might believe through him. 8  [6] He was not the Light , but he came to testify about the Light . 9  There was the true Light [7]which , coming into the world , enlightens every man . 10  He was in the world , and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. 11  He came to His [8]own , and those who were His own did not receive Him. 12  But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God , even to those who believe in His name , 13  who were [9]born , not of [10]blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man , but of God . 14  And the Word became flesh , and [11] dwelt among us, and we saw His glory , glory as of [12]the only begotten from the Father , full of grace and truth .

15  John testified about Him and cried out, saying , "This was He of whom I said , ' He who comes after me [13]has a higher rank than I, for He existed before me.' " 16  For of His fullness [14]we have all received , and [15]grace upon grace . 17  For the Law was given through Moses ; grace and truth [16]were realized through Jesus Christ . 18  No one has seen God at any time ; the only begotten God who is in the bosom of the Father , He has explained Him.

The Testimony of John the Baptist

19  This is the testimony of John , when the Jews sent to him priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, "Who are you?" 20  And he confessed and did not deny , but confessed , " I am not [17]the Christ ." 21  They asked him, "What then ? Are you Elijah ?" And he said , "I am not." "Are you the Prophet ?" And he answered , "No ." 22  Then they said to him, "Who are you, so that we may give an answer to those who sent us? What do you say about yourself ?" 23  He said , "I am A VOICE OF ONE CRYING IN THE WILDERNESS , 'MAKE STRAIGHT THE WAY OF THE Lord ,' as Isaiah the prophet said ." 24  Now they had been sent from the Pharisees . 25  They asked him, and said to him, "Why then are you baptizing , if you are not the [18]Christ , nor Elijah , nor the Prophet ?" 26  John answered them saying , " I baptize [19]in water , but among you stands One whom you do not know . 27  "It is He who comes after me, the thong of whose sandal I am not worthy to untie ." 28  These things took place in Bethany beyond the Jordan , where John was baptizing .


[1] 1:2 Lit "This one"

[2] 1:5 Or "overpower"

[3] 1:6 Or "came into being"

[4] 1:7 Lit "This one"

[5] 1:7 Lit "for testimony"

[6] 1:8 Lit "That one"

[7] 1:9 Or "which enlightens every person coming into the world"

[8] 1:11 Or "own things, possessions, domain"

[9] 1:13 Or "begotten"

[10] 1:13 Lit "bloods"

[11] 1:14 Or "tabernacled;" i.e. lived temporarily

[12] 1:14 Or "unique, only one of His kind"

[13] 1:15 Lit "has become before me"

[14] 1:16 Lit "we all received"

[15] 1:16 Lit "grace for grace"

[16] 1:17 Lit "came to be"

[17] 1:20 I.e. the Messiah

[18] 1:25 I.e. Messiah

[19] 1:26 The Gr here can be translated "in, with" or "by"

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