1In the beginning1:1 Gn 1:1; Col 1:18 was the Word,1:1 Jn 1:14; 1Jn 1:1; Rv 19:13 and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.1:1 Jn 20:28; Php 2:6
3All things were created1:3 Col 1:16; Heb 1:2 through him,1:3 Rm 11:36 and apart from him not one thing was created that has been created.
4In him was life,1:3–4 Other punctuation is possible:... not one thing was created. What was created in him was life1:4 1Jn 2:5 and that life was the light1:4 Ps 36:9; Jn 12:46 of men.
7He came as a witness to testify about the light, so that all might believe through him.1:7 Or it (the light)
10He was in the world, and the world was created1:10 Jn 1:3 through him, and 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 receive1:12 2Jn 10 him,1:12 Jn 5:43 he gave them the right1:12 Mk 1:22; Ac 9:14 to be1:12 Or become children1:12 Lk 1:7 of God,1:12 Mt 5:9; Jn 11:52; Rm 8:16; 1Jn 3:1 to those who believe1:12 Jn 3:16 in his name,1:12 Jn 10:25; 1Jn 3:23
14The Word1:14 Jn 1:1 became flesh1:14 Php 2:7; 1Jn 4:2; 5:20 and dwelt1:14 Or and dwelt in a tent; lit and tabernacled among us. We observed his glory,1:14 Mk 10:37; Jn 17:24 the glory as the one and only1:14 Heb 11:17; 1Jn 4:9 Son1:14 Son is implied from the reference to the Father and from Gk usage. 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 me1:15 Mt 3:11; Mk 1:7; Jn 1:27,30 ranks ahead of me,1:15 Col 1:19 because he existed before me.’”)1:15 Jn 3:13; 8:58; 10:30; 14:7–9,23; Php 2:6
16Indeed, we have all received grace1:16 Ac 15:11; 2Pt 3:18 upon1:16 Or in place of grace from his fullness,
17for the law was given through Moses;1:17 Ps 77:20; Mt 8:4; Heb 3:2 grace and truth1:17 Ps 119:142; Jn 14:6; 2Th 2:10 came through Jesus Christ.
John the Baptist’s Testimony
“I am not,” he said.
“No,” he answered.
22“Who are you, then?” they asked. “We need to give an answer to those who sent us. What can you tell us about yourself?”
25So they asked him, “Why then do you baptize if you aren’t the Messiah, or Elijah, or the Prophet?”
26“I baptize with1:26 Or in, also in vv. 31,33 water,”1:26 Mk 1:8 John answered them. “Someone stands among you, but you don’t know him.
27He is the one coming after me,1:27 Other mss add who came before me1:27 Jn 1:15 whose sandal strap I’m not worthy to untie.”
The Lamb of God
29The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God,1:29 Is 53:7; Ac 8:32; 1Pt 1:19; Rv 5:6 who takes away the sin1:29 Jn 15:22; 1Jn 3:5 of the world!
30This is the one I told you about: ‘After me comes a man who ranks ahead of me, because he existed before me.’
31I didn’t know him,1:31 Jn 7:28 but I came baptizing with water so that he might be revealed1:31 2Co 4:11; 1Jn 1:2 to Israel.”
32And John testified, “I saw the Spirit1:32 Ps 51:11; Jn 1:33; Ac 2:4; Rm 8:9; Gl 5:25; Ti 3:5; 1Jn 5:8; Rv 3:22 descending from heaven like a dove, and he rested on him.1:32 Jms 4:5
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.’1:33 Mt 3:11; Mk 1:8; Lk 3:16; Ac 11:16
35The 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”1:38 Jn 11:8 (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 four in the afternoon.1:39 Lit about the tenth hour
40Andrew,1:40–42 Mt 4:18–22; Mk 1:16–20; Lk 5:2–11 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”1:41 Both Hb Messiah and Gk Christos mean “anointed one”1:41 Mt 1:17 (which is translated “the Christ”),1:41 Ex 29:29
42and he brought Simon to Jesus.
When Jesus saw him, he said, “You are Simon, son of John.1:42 Other mss read “Simon, son of Jonah You will be called Cephas”1:42 1Co 1:12; 3:22; 9:5; 15:5; Gl 1:18; 2:9,11,14 (which is translated “Peter”1:42 Both Aramaic Cephas and Gk Petros mean “rock”).
Philip and Nathanael
“Come and see,” Philip answered.
48“How do you know me?” Nathanael asked.
“Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you,” Jesus answered.
50Jesus responded to him, “Do you believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than this.”