John 1
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1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was in the beginning with God. 3All things were made through him, and apart from him nothing was made that has been made. 4In him was life, and the life was the light of mankind. 5And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness hasn't overcome it.

6There came a man, sent from God, whose name was John. 7He came as a witness to testify about the light, that all might believe through him. 8He was not the light, but was sent that he might testify about the light.

9The true light that enlightens everyone was coming into the world. 10He was in the world, and the world was made through him, but the world did not recognize him. 11He came to his own, and those who were his own did not receive him. 12But as many as received him, to them he gave the right to become God's children, to those who believe in his name, 13who were born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

14And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we saw his glory, such glory as of the one and only of the Father, full of grace and truth. 15John testified about him. He shouted out, saying, "This was the one of whom I said, 'He who comes after me has surpassed me, for he was before me.'" 16For of his fullness we all received, and grace upon grace. 17For the Law was given through Moses, grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18No one has seen God at any time. The only Son, who is at the Father's side, has made him known.

19And this is John's testimony, when the Jewish leaders sent priests and Levites to him from Jerusalem to ask him, "Who are you?" 20He confessed, and did not deny, but he confessed, "I am not the Messiah." 21They asked him, "What then? Are you Elijah?" He said, "I am not." "Are you the Prophet?" He answered, "No." 22They said therefore to him, "Who are you? Give us an answer to take back to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?" 23He said, "I am the 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.) 25And they asked him, "Why then do you baptize, if you are not the Messiah, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?" 26John answered them, saying, "I baptize in water, but among you stands one whom you do not know. 27He is the one who comes after me, whose sandal strap I'm not worthy to loosen." 28These things were done in Bethany across the Jordan, where John was baptizing.

29The next day, he saw Jesus coming to him, and said, "Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world. 30This is he of whom I said, 'After me comes a man who ranks ahead of me, because he existed before me.' 31I did not know him, but for this reason I came baptizing in water: that he would be revealed to Israel." 32And John testified, saying, "I saw the Spirit descending like a dove out of heaven, and it remained on him. 33And I did not recognize him, but he who sent me to baptize in water, he said to me, 'On whomever you will see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, this is he who baptizes in the Holy Spirit.' 34And I have seen and have testified that this is the Chosen One of God."

35Again, the next day, John was standing with two of his disciples, 36and he looked at Jesus as he walked, and said, "Look, the Lamb of God." 37And the two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. 38And Jesus turned and saw them following, and said to them, "What are you looking for?" They said to him, "Rabbi" (which translated means Teacher), "where are you staying?" 39He said to them, "Come, and you will see." They came and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day. It was about the tenth hour. 40One of the two who heard John, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother. 41He first found his own brother, Simon, and said to him, "We have found the Messiah." (which is translated, Christ). 42He brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him, and said, "You are Simon the son of John. You will be called Cephas" (which is translated, Peter).

43On the next day, he was determined to go out into Galilee, and he found Philip. And Jesus said to him, "Follow me." 44Now Philip was from Bethsaida, of the city of Andrew and Peter. 45Philip found Nathanael, and said to him, "We have found him of whom Moses in the Law and the Prophets wrote: Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph." 46And Nathanael said to him, "Can any good thing come out of Nazareth?" Philip said to him, "Come and see." 47Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and said about him, "Look, a true Israelite in whom there is no deceit." 48Nathanael said to him, "How do you know me?" Jesus answered him, "Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you." 49Nathanael answered him, "Rabbi, you are the Son of God. You are King of Israel." 50Jesus answered him, "Because I told you, 'I saw you underneath the fig tree,' do you believe? You will see greater things than these." 51And he said to him, "Truly, truly, I tell you, you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man."



New Heart English Bible
Edited by Wayne A. Mitchell.
Public Domain 2008-2016
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