John 1:2
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English Standard Version
He was in the beginning with God.

King James Bible
The same was in the beginning with God.

American Standard Version
The same was in the beginning with God.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The same was in the beginning with God.

English Revised Version
The same was in the beginning with God.

Webster's Bible Translation
The same was in the beginning with God.

Weymouth New Testament
He was in the beginning with God.

John 1:2 Parallel
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Vincent's Word Studies

The same (οὗτος)

Literally, this one; the one first named; the Word.

Was in the beginning with God

In John 1:1 the elements of this statement have been given separately: the Word, the eternal being of the Word, and his active communion with God. Here they are combined, and with new force. This same Word not only was coeternal with God in respect of being (ἦν, was), but was eternally in active communion with Him (in the beginning with God: προ,ς τὸν Θεὸν): "not simply the Word with God, but God with God" (Moulton). Notice that here Θεὸν has the article, as in the second proposition, where God is spoken of absolutely. In the third proposition, the Word was God, the article was omitted because Θεὸς described the nature of the Word and did not identify his person. Here, as in the second proposition, the Word is placed in personal relation to God.

This verse forms the transition point from the discussion of the personal being of the Word to His manifestation in creation. If it was this same Word, and no other, who was Himself God, and who, from all eternity, was in active communion with God, then the statement follows naturally that all things were created through Him, thus bringing the essential nature of the Word and His manifestation in creation into connection. As the idea of the Word involves knowledge and will, wisdom and force, the creative function is properly His. Hence His close relation to created things, especially to man, prepares the way for His incarnation and redeeming work. The connection between creation and redemption is closer than is commonly apprehended. It is intimated in the words of Isaiah (Isaiah 46:4), "I have made, and I will bear." Redemption, in a certain sense, grows out of creation. Because God created man in His own image, He would restore him to that image. Because God made man, He loves him, educates him, bears with him carries on the race on the line of His infinite patience, is burdened with its perverseness and blindness, and expresses and effectuates all this in the incarnation and redemptive work of Jesus Christ. God is under the stress of the parental instinct (humanly speaking) to redeem man.

John 1:2 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

John 1:3 All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.

Cross References
Genesis 1:1
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.

Proverbs 8:30
then I was beside him, like a master workman, and I was daily his delight, rejoicing before him always,

John 1:1
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

John 1:3
All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.

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