For a child will be born for us,
a son will be given to us,(A)
and the government will be on his shoulders.(B)
He will be named
Wonderful Counselor,(C) Mighty God,(D)
Eternal Father,(E) Prince of Peace.(F)

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Prologue

In the beginning(A) was the Word,(B) and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.(C)

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14 The Word(A) became flesh(B) and dwelt[a] among us. We observed his glory,(C) the glory as the one and only(D) Son[b] from the Father, full of grace and truth.

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Footnotes

  1. 1:14 Or and dwelt in a tent; lit and tabernacled
  2. 1:14 Son is implied from the reference to the Father and from Gk usage.

28 Thomas responded to him, “My Lord and my God!”

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The ancestors are theirs,(A) and from them, by physical descent,[a] came the Christ,(B) who is God(C) over all,(D) praised forever.[b](E) Amen.

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Footnotes

  1. 9:5 Lit them, according to the flesh
  2. 9:5 Or the Messiah, the one who is over all, the God who is blessed forever, or Messiah. God, who is over all, be blessed forever

The Centrality of Christ

15 He is the image of the invisible God,(A)
the firstborn over all creation.(B)
16 For everything was created by him,(C)
in heaven and on earth,
the visible and the invisible,
whether thrones or dominions
or rulers or authorities—
all things have been created through him and for him.(D)

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13 while we wait for the blessed hope,(A) the appearing of the glory(B) of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.

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In these last days,(A) he has spoken to us by his Son. God has appointed him heir of all things(B) and made the universe[a](C) through him. The Son is the radiance[b] of God’s glory and the exact expression[c] of his nature,(D) sustaining all things by his powerful word.(E) After making purification for sins,[d] he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.[e](F) So he became superior to the angels, just as the name he inherited is more excellent than theirs.(G)

The Son Superior to Angels

For to which of the angels did he ever say,

You are my Son;
today I have become your Father,[f][g]

or again,

I will be his Father,
and he will be my Son?[h](H)

Again, when he[i] brings his firstborn into the world,(I) he says,

And let all God’s angels worship him.[j](J)

And about the angels he says:

He makes his angels winds,[k]
and his servants[l] a fiery flame,[m](K)

but to[n] the Son:

Your throne, God,
is forever and ever,
and the scepter of your kingdom
is a scepter of justice.(L)
You have loved righteousness
and hated lawlessness;
this is why God, your God,
has anointed you
with the oil of joy(M)
beyond your companions.[o][p]

10 And:

In the beginning, Lord,
you established the earth,
and the heavens are the works of your hands;(N)
11 they will perish, but you remain.
They will all wear out like clothing;(O)
12 you will roll them up like a cloak,[q]
and they will be changed like clothing.
But you are the same,
and your years will never end.[r](P)

13 Now to which of the angels has he ever said:

Sit at my right hand
until I make your enemies your footstool?[s](Q)

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Footnotes

  1. 1:2 Lit ages
  2. 1:3 Or reflection
  3. 1:3 Or representation, or copy, or reproduction
  4. 1:3 Other mss read for our sins by himself
  5. 1:3 Or he sat down on high at the right hand of the Majesty
  6. 1:5 Or have begotten you
  7. 1:5 Ps 2:7
  8. 1:5 2Sm 7:14; 1Ch 17:13
  9. 1:6 Or When he again
  10. 1:6 Dt 32:43 LXX; Ps 97:7
  11. 1:7 Or spirits
  12. 1:7 Or ministers
  13. 1:7 Ps 104:4
  14. 1:8 Or about
  15. 1:9 Or associates
  16. 1:8–9 Ps 45:6–7
  17. 1:12 Other mss omit like a cloak
  18. 1:10–12 Ps 102:25–27
  19. 1:13 Ps 110:1

Greeting

Simeon[a] Peter,(A) a servant and an apostle(B) of Jesus Christ:

To those who have received a faith equal to ours through the righteousness(C) of our God and Savior(D) Jesus Christ.

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Footnotes

  1. 1:1 Other mss read Simon

14 And we have seen and we testify that the Father has sent his Son(A) as the world’s Savior. 15 Whoever confesses(B) that Jesus is the Son of God—God remains in him and he in God.

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