John 1 New English Translation (NET Bible)
The Prologue to the Gospel
1 In the beginning[a] was the Word, and the Word was with God,[b] and the Word was fully God.[c] 2 The Word[d] was with God in the beginning. 3 All things were created[e] by him, and apart from him not one thing was created[f] that has been created.[g] 4 In him was life,[h] and the life was the light of mankind.[i] 5 And the light shines on[j] in the darkness,[k] but[l] the darkness has not mastered it.[m]
6 A man came, sent from God, whose name was John.[n] 7 He came as a witness[o] to testify[p] about the light, so that everyone[q] might believe through him. 8 He himself was not the light, but he came to testify[r] about the light. 9 The true light, who gives light to everyone,[s] was coming into the world.[t] 10 He was in the world, and the world was created[u] by him, but[v] the world did not recognize[w] him. 11 He came to what was his own,[x] but[y] his own people[z] did not receive him.[aa] 12 But to all who have received him—those who believe in his name[ab]—he has given the right to become God’s children 13 —children not born[ac] by human parents[ad] or by human desire[ae] or a husband’s[af] decision,[ag] but by God.
14 Now[ah] the Word became flesh[ai] and took up residence[aj] among us. We[ak] saw his glory—the glory of the one and only,[al] full of grace and truth, who came from the Father. 15 John[am] testified[an] about him and shouted out,[ao] “This one was the one about whom I said, ‘He who comes after me is greater than I am,[ap] because he existed before me.’” 16 For we have all received from his fullness one gracious gift after another.[aq] 17 For the law was given through Moses, but[ar] grace and truth came about through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God. The only one,[as] himself God, who is in closest fellowship with[at] the Father, has made God[au] known.[av]
The Testimony of John the Baptist
19 Now[aw] this was[ax] John’s[ay] testimony[az] when the Jewish leaders[ba] sent[bb] priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?”[bc] 20 He confessed—he did not deny but confessed—“I am not the Christ!”[bd] 21 So they asked him, “Then who are you?[be] Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not!”[bf] “Are you the Prophet?”[bg] He answered, “No!” 22 Then they said to him, “Who are you? Tell us[bh] so that we can give an answer to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?”
23 John[bi] said, “I am the voice of one shouting in the wilderness, ‘Make straight[bj] the way for the Lord,’[bk] as the prophet Isaiah said.” 24 (Now they had been sent from the Pharisees.[bl])[bm] 25 So they asked John,[bn] “Why then are you baptizing if you are not the Christ,[bo] nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?”
26 John answered them,[bp] “I baptize with water. Among you stands one whom you do not recognize,[bq] 27 who is coming after me. I am not worthy[br] to untie the strap[bs] of his sandal!” 28 These things happened in Bethany[bt] across the Jordan River[bu] where John was baptizing.
29 On the next day John[bv] saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God[bw] who takes away the sin of the world! 30 This is the one about whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who is greater than I am,[bx] because he existed before me.’ 31 I did not recognize[by] him, but I came baptizing with water so that he could be revealed to Israel.”[bz]
32 Then[ca] John testified,[cb] “I saw the Spirit descending like a dove[cc] from heaven,[cd] and it remained on him.[ce] 33 And I did not recognize him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘The one on whom you see the Spirit descending and remaining—this is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ 34 I have both seen and testified that this man is the Chosen One of God.”[cf]
35 Again the next day John[cg] was standing there[ch] with two of his disciples. 36 Gazing at Jesus as he walked by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!”[ci] 37 When John’s[cj] two disciples heard him say this,[ck] they followed Jesus.[cl] 38 Jesus turned around and saw them following and said to them, “What do you want?”[cm] So they said to him, “Rabbi” (which is translated Teacher),[cn] “where are you staying?” 39 Jesus[co] answered,[cp] “Come and you will see.” So they came and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day. Now it was about four o’clock in the afternoon.[cq]
40 Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, was one of the two disciples who heard what John said[cr] and followed Jesus.[cs] 41 He first[ct] found his own brother Simon and told him, “We have found the Messiah!”[cu] (which is translated Christ).[cv] 42 Andrew brought Simon[cw] to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon, the son of John.[cx] You will be called Cephas” (which is translated Peter).[cy]
The Calling of More Disciples
43 On the next day Jesus[cz] wanted to set out for Galilee.[da] He[db] found Philip and said[dc] to him, “Follow me.” 44 (Now Philip was from Bethsaida,[dd] the town of[de] Andrew and Peter.) 45 Philip found Nathanael[df] and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the law, and the prophets also[dg] wrote about—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” 46 Nathanael[dh] replied,[di] “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?”[dj] Philip replied,[dk] “Come and see.”
47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and exclaimed,[dl] “Look, a true Israelite in whom there is no deceit!”[dm] 48 Nathanael asked him, “How do you know me?” Jesus replied,[dn] “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree,[do] I saw you.” 49 Nathanael answered him, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the king[dp] of Israel!”[dq] 50 Jesus said to him,[dr] “Because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree, do you believe? You will see greater things than these.”[ds] 51 He continued,[dt] “I tell all of you the solemn truth[du]—you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”[dv]
John 1 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
1 In the beginning was the Word,[a]
6 There was a man named John
10 He was in the world,
14 The Word became flesh[k]
John the Baptist’s Testimony
19 This is John’s testimony when the Jews from Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask him, “Who are you?”
20 He did not refuse to answer, but he declared: “I am not the Messiah.”
21 “What then?” they asked him. “Are you Elijah?”
“I am not,” he said.
“Are you the Prophet?”[q]
“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?”
23 He said, “I am a voice of one crying out in the wilderness: Make straight the way of the Lord[r]—just as Isaiah the prophet said.”
24 Now they had been sent from the Pharisees. 25 So they asked him, “Why then do you baptize if you aren’t the Messiah, or Elijah, or the Prophet?”
The Lamb of God
29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Here is the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! 30 This is the One I told you about: ‘After me comes a man who has surpassed me, because He existed before me.’ 31 I didn’t know Him, but I came baptizing with[w] water so He might be revealed to Israel.”
32 And John testified, “I watched the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and He rested on Him. 33 I didn’t know Him, but He[x] who sent me to baptize with[y] water told me, ‘The One you see the Spirit descending and resting on—He is the One who baptizes with[z] the Holy Spirit.’ 34 I have seen and testified that He is the Son of God!”[aa]
35 Again the next day, John was standing with two of his disciples. 36 When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, “Look! The Lamb of God!”
37 The two disciples heard him say this and followed Jesus. 38 When 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.[ab]
40 Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard John and followed Him. 41 He first found his own brother Simon and told him, “We have found the Messiah!”[ac] (which means “Anointed One”), 42 and he brought Simon to Jesus.
When Jesus saw him, He said, “You are Simon, son of John.[ad] You will be called Cephas” (which means “Rock”).
Philip and Nathanael
43 The next day He[ae] decided to leave for Galilee. Jesus found Philip and told him, “Follow Me!”
44 Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the hometown of Andrew and Peter. 45 Philip found Nathanael[af] 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!”
46 “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Nathanael asked him.
“Come and see,” Philip answered.
47 Then Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward Him and said about him, “Here is a true Israelite; no deceit is in him.”
48 “How do you know me?” Nathanael asked.
“Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you,” Jesus answered.
49 “Rabbi,” Nathanael replied, “You are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!”
50 Jesus responded to him, “Do you believe only because I told you I saw you under the fig tree? You[ag] will see greater things than this.” 51 Then He said, “I assure you: You[ah] will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”