1IN the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2The same was in the beginning with God. 3All things were made by him: and without him was made nothing that was made. 4In him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5And the light shineth in darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
The Witness of John
6There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7This man came for a witness, to give testimony of the light, that all men might believe through him. 8He was not the light, but was to give testimony of the light.
9That was the true light, which enlighteneth every man that cometh into this world. 10He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. 11He came unto his own, and his own received him not. 12But as many as received him, he gave them power to be made the sons of God, to them that believe in his name. 13Who are born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
The Word Made His Dwelling among Us
14And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we saw his glory, the glory as it were of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. 15John beareth witness of him, and crieth out, saying: This was he of whom I spoke: He that shall come after me, is preferred before me: because he was before me. 16And of his fulness we all have received, and grace for grace. 17For the law was given by Moses; grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. 18No man hath seen God at any time: the only begotten Son who is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.
The Mission of John the Baptist
(Isaiah 40:1-5; Matthew 3:1-12; Mark 1:1-8; Luke 3:1-20)
19And this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent from Jerusalem priests and Levites to him, to ask him: Who art thou? 20And he confessed, and did not deny: and he confessed: I am not the Christ. 21And they asked him: What then? Art thou Elias? And he said: I am not. Art thou the prophet? And he answered: No. 22They said therefore unto him: Who art thou, that we may give an answer to them that sent us? What sayest thou of thyself? 23He said: I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Isaias.
24And they that were sent, were of the Pharisees. 25And they asked him, and said to him: Why then dost thou baptize, if thou be not Christ, nor Elias, nor the prophet? 26John answered them, saying: I baptize with water; but there hath stood one in the midst of you, whom you know not. 27The same is he that shall come after me, who is preferred before me: the latchet of whose shoe I am not worthy to loose. 28These things were done in Bethania, beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing.
Behold, the Lamb of God
(Matthew 3:13-17; Mark 1:9-11; Luke 3:21-22)
29The next day, John saw Jesus coming to him, and he saith: Behold the Lamb of God, behold him who taketh away the sin of the world. 30This is he, of whom I said: After me there cometh a man, who is preferred before me: because he was before me. 31And I knew him not, but that he may be made manifest in Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water. 32And John gave testimony, saying: I saw the Spirit coming down, as a dove from heaven, and he remained upon him. 33And I knew him not; but he who sent me to baptize with water, said to me: He upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining upon him, he it is that baptizeth with the Holy Ghost. 34And I saw, and I gave testimony, that this is the Son of God.
Jesus Calls His First Disciples
(Matthew 4:18-22; Matthew 13:47-52; Mark 1:16-20; Luke 5:1-11)
35The next day again John stood, and two of his disciples. 36And beholding Jesus walking, he saith: Behold the Lamb of God. 37And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus. 38And Jesus turning, and seeing them following him, saith to them: What seek you? Who said to him, Rabbi, (which is to say, being interpreted, Master,) where dwellest thou? 39He saith to them: Come and see. They came, and saw where he abode, and they stayed with him that day: now it was about the tenth hour. 40And Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, was one of the two who had heard of John, and followed him. 41He findeth first his brother Simon, and saith to him: We have found the Messias, which is, being interpreted, the Christ. 42And he brought him to Jesus. And Jesus looking upon him, said: Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas, which is interpreted Peter.
Jesus Calls Philip and Nathanael
43On the following day, he would go forth into Galilee, and he findeth Philip. And Jesus saith to him: Follow me. 44Now Philip was of Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 45Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith to him: We have found him of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets did write, Jesus the son of Joseph of Nazareth. 46And Nathanael said to him: Can any thing of good come from Nazareth? Philip saith to him: Come and see. 47Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him: and he saith of him: Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no guile. 48Nathanael saith to him: Whence knowest thou me? Jesus answered, and said to him: Before that Philip called thee, when thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee. 49Nathanael answered him, and said: Rabbi, thou art the Son of God, thou art the King of Israel. 50Jesus answered, and said to him: Because I said unto thee, I saw thee under the fig tree, thou believest: greater things than these shalt thou see. 51And he saith to him: Amen, amen I say to you, you shall see the heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man.