13 who were born,(A)
not of blood,[a]
or of the will(B) of the flesh,(C)
or of the will of man,[b]
but of God.(D)

14 The Word(E) became flesh[c](F)
and took up residence[d] among us.
We observed His glory,(G)
the glory as the One and Only(H) Son[e] 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 me(I) has surpassed me,(J)
because He existed before me.’”)(K)

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Footnotes

  1. John 1:13 Lit bloods; the pl form of blood occurs only here in the NT. It may refer either to lineal descent (that is, blood from one’s father and mother) or to the OT sacrificial system (that is, the various blood sacrifices). Neither is the basis for birth into the family of God.
  2. John 1:13 Or not of human lineage, or of human capacity, or of human volition
  3. John 1:14 The eternally existent Word (vv. 1-2) took on full humanity but without sin; Heb 4:15.
  4. John 1:14 Or and dwelt in a tent; lit and tabernacled; this word occurs only here in John. A related word, referring to the Festival of Tabernacles, occurs only in 7:2; Ex 40:34-38.
  5. John 1:14 Son is implied from the reference to the Father and from Gk usage.

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