Holman Christian Standard Bible
1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was with God in the beginning. 3All things were created through Him, and apart from Him not one thing was created that has been created. 4Life was in Him, and that life was the light of men. 5That light shines in the darkness, yet the darkness did not overcome it.
6There was a man named John who was sent from God. 7He came as a witness to testify about the light, so that all might believe through him. 8He was not the light, but he came to testify about the light.
9The true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. 10He was in the world, and the world was created through Him, yet the world did not recognize Him. 11He came to His own, and His own people did not receive Him. 12But to all who did receive Him, He gave them the right to be children of God, to those who believe in His name, 13who were born, not of blood, or of the will of the flesh, or of the will of man, but of God.
14The Word became flesh and took up residence among us. We observed His glory, the glory as the One and Only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. 15(John testified concerning Him and exclaimed," This was the One of whom I said, The One coming after me has surpassed me, because He existed before me.'") 16Indeed, we have all received grace after grace from His fullness, 17for the law was given through Moses, grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18No one has ever seen God. The One and Only Son-- the One who is at the Father's side-- He has revealed Him.
19This is John's testimony when the Jews from Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask him, "Who are you?" 20He did not refuse to answer, but he declared: "I am not the Messiah."" 21What then?" they asked him. "Are you Elijah?"" I am not," he said." Are you the Prophet?"" No," he answered." 22Who are you, then?" they asked. "We need to give an answer to those who sent us. What can you tell us about yourself?" 23He said, "I am a voice of one crying out in the wilderness: Make straight the way of the Lord--just as Isaiah the prophet said."
24Now they had been sent from the Pharisees. 25So they asked him, "Why then do you baptize if you aren't the Messiah, or Elijah, or the Prophet?"" 26I baptize with water," John answered them. "Someone stands among you, but you don't know Him. 27He is the One coming after me, whose sandal strap I'm not worthy to untie." 28All this happened in Bethany across the Jordan, where John was baptizing.
29The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, "Here is the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! 30This is the One I told you about: 'After me comes a man who has surpassed me, because He existed before me.' 31I didn't know Him, but I came baptizing with water so He might be revealed to Israel." 32And John testified, "I watched the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and He rested on Him. 33I didn't know Him, but He who sent me to baptize with water told me, 'The One you see the Spirit descending and resting on--He is the One who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.' 34I have seen and testified that He is the Son of God!"
35Again the next day, John was standing with two of his disciples. 36When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, "Look! The Lamb of God!" 37The two disciples heard him say this and followed Jesus. 38When Jesus turned and noticed them following Him, He asked them, "What are you looking for?" They said to Him, "Rabbi" (which means "Teacher"), "where are You staying?" 39"Come and you'll see," He replied. So they went and saw where He was staying, and they stayed with Him that day. It was about 10 in the morning. 40Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, was one of the two who heard John and followed Him. 41He first found his own brother Simon and told him, "We have found the Messiah!" (which means "Anointed One"), 42and he brought Simon to Jesus. When Jesus saw him, He said, "You are Simon, son of John. You will be called Cephas" (which means "Rock").
43The next day He decided to leave for Galilee. Jesus found Philip and told him, "Follow Me!" 44Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the hometown of Andrew and Peter. 45Philip found Nathanael and told him, "We have found the One Moses wrote about in the Law (and so did the prophets): Jesus the son of Joseph, from Nazareth!"" 46Can anything good come out of Nazareth?" Nathanael asked him." Come and see," Philip answered. 47Then Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward Him and said about him, "Here is a true Israelite; no deceit is in him."" 48How do you know me?" Nathanael asked. "Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you," Jesus answered." 49Rabbi," Nathanael replied, "You are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!" 50Jesus responded to him, "Do you believe only because I told you I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than this." 51Then He said, "I assure you: You will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man."