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John 1 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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The Eternal Word
Testimony of John the Baptist
(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 nothing was made that was made.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 1:4 - In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 1:5 - And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend[fn] it.
John’s Witness: The True Light
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 1:6 - There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 1:7 - This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might believe.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 1:8 - He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 1:9 - That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 1:10 - He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 1:11 - He came to His own,[fn] and His own[fn] did not receive Him.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 1:12 - But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:
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.
The Word Becomes Flesh
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 1:14 - And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 1:15 - John bore witness of Him and cried out, saying, “This was He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me is preferred before me, for He was before me.’ ”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 1:16 - And[fn] of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 1:17 - For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 1:18 - No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son,[fn] who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.
A Voice in the Wilderness
(Matt. 3:1–12; Mark 1:1–8; Luke 3:1–20 )
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 1:19 - Now 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 - Then they said to him, “Who are you, that we may 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 in the wilderness:
“Make straight the way of the LORD,” ’
as the prophet Isaiah said.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 1:24 - Now those who were sent were from the Pharisees.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 1:25 - And they asked him, saying, “Why then do you baptize if you are not the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 1:26 - John answered them, saying, “I baptize with water, but there stands One among you whom you do not know.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 1:27 - “It is He who, coming after me, is preferred before me, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 1:28 - These things were done in Bethabara[fn] beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing.
The Lamb of God
(Matt. 3:13–17; Mark 1:9–11; Luke 3:21, 22 )
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 1:29 - The next day John 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 is preferred before me, for He was before me.’
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 1:31 - “I did not know Him; but that He should be revealed to Israel, therefore I came baptizing with water.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 1:32 - And John bore witness, saying, “I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and He remained upon Him.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 1:33 - “I did not know Him, but He who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘Upon whom you see the Spirit descending, and remaining on Him, this is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 1:34 - “And I have seen and testified that this is the Son of God.”
The First Disciples
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 1:35 - Again, the next day, John stood with two of his disciples.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 1:36 - And looking at Jesus as He walked, he said, “Behold the Lamb of God!”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 1:37 - The two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 1:38 - Then Jesus turned, and seeing them following, said to them, “What do you seek?” They said to Him, “Rabbi” (which is to say, when translated, Teacher), “where are You staying?”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 1:39 - He said to them, “Come and see.” They came and saw where He was staying, and remained with Him that day (now it was about the tenth hour).
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 1:40 - One of the two who heard John speak, and followed Him, 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 is translated, the Christ).
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 1:42 - And he brought him to Jesus. Now when Jesus looked at him, He said, “You are Simon the son of Jonah.[fn] You shall be called Cephas” (which is translated, A Stone).
Philip and Nathanael
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 1:43 - The following day Jesus wanted to go to Galilee, and 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 - And 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 is no deceit!”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 1:48 - Nathanael said to Him, “How do You know me?” Jesus answered and said to him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 1:49 - Nathanael answered and said to Him, “Rabbi, You are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 1:50 - Jesus answered and said to 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, “Most assuredly, I say to you, hereafter[fn] you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.”
NKJV Footnotes
Or overcome
Or That was the true Light which, coming into the world, gives light to every man.
That is, His own things or domain
That is, His own people
NU-Text reads For.
NU-Text reads only begotten God.
Isaiah 40:3
NU-Text and M-Text read Bethany.
NU-Text reads John.
NU-Text omits hereafter.

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