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John 1 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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The Word Became Flesh

(Gen 1:1—2:3 )
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 1:1 - In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 1:2 - He was in the beginning with God.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 1:3 - All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 1:4 - In him was life,[fn] and the life was the light of men.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 1:5 - The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 1:6 - There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 1:7 - He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 1:8 - He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 1:9 - The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 1:10 - He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 1:11 - He came to his own,[fn] and his own people[fn] did not receive him.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 1:12 - But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 1:13 - who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 1:14 - And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son[fn] from the Father, full of grace and truth.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 1:15 - (John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’”)
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 1:16 - For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 1:17 - For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 1:18 - No one has ever seen God; the only God,[fn] who is at the Father’s side,[fn] he has made him known.

The Testimony of John the Baptist

(Mat 3:1–12; Mar 1:1–8; Luk 3:1–20 )
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 1:19 - And this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 1:20 - He confessed, and did not deny, but confessed, “I am not the Christ.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 1:21 - And they asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you the Prophet?” And he answered, “No.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 1:22 - So they said to him, “Who are you? We need to give an answer to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 1:23 - He said, “I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, ‘Make straight[fn] the way of the Lord,’ as the prophet Isaiah said.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 1:24 - (Now they had been sent from the Pharisees.)
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 1:25 - They asked him, “Then why are you baptizing, if you are neither the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 1:26 - John answered them, “I baptize with water, but among you stands one you do not know,
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 1:27 - even he who comes after me, the strap of whose sandal I am not worthy to untie.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 1:28 - These things took place in Bethany across the Jordan, where John was baptizing.

Behold, the Lamb of God

(Mat 3:13–17; Mar 1:9–11; Luk 3:21, 22 )
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 1:29 - The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 1:30 - This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks before me, because he was before me.’
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 1:31 - I myself did not know him, but for this purpose I came baptizing with water, that he might be revealed to Israel.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 1:32 - And John bore witness: “I saw the Spirit descend from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 1:33 - I myself did not know him, but he who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, this is he who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 1:34 - And I have seen and have borne witness that this is the Son[fn] of God.”

Jesus Calls the First Disciples

Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 1:35 - The next day again John was standing with two of his disciples,
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 1:36 - and he looked at Jesus as he walked by and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 1:37 - The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 1:38 - Jesus turned and saw them following and said to them, “What are you seeking?” And they said to him, “Rabbi” (which means Teacher), “where are you staying?”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 1:39 - He said to them, “Come and you will see.” So they came and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day, for it was about the tenth hour.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 1:40 - One of the two who heard John speak and followed Jesus[fn] was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 1:41 - He first found his own brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which means Christ).
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 1:42 - He brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon the son of John. You shall be called Cephas” (which means Peter[fn]).

Jesus Calls Philip and Nathanael

Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 1:43 - The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 1:44 - Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 1:45 - Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him of whom Moses in the Law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 1:46 - Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 1:47 - Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said of him, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no deceit!”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 1:48 - Nathanael 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.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 1:49 - Nathanael answered him, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 1:50 - Jesus answered him, “Because I said to you, ‘I saw you under the fig tree,’ do you believe? You will see greater things than these.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 1:51 - And he said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you,[fn] you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”
ESV Footnotes
Or was not any thing made. That which has been made was life in him
Greek to his own things; that is, to his own domain, or to his own people
People is implied in Greek
Or only One, or unique One
Or grace in place of grace
Or the only One, who is God; some manuscripts the only Son
Greek in the bosom of the Father
Or crying out, ‘In the wilderness make straight
Some manuscripts the Chosen One
That is, about 4 p.m.
Greek him
Cephas and Peter are from the word for rock in Aramaic and Greek, respectively
The Greek for you is plural; twice in this verse

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