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John 1:14-18 Contemporary English Version (CEV)

14 The Word became
a human being
    and lived here with us.
We saw his true glory,
the glory of the only Son
    of the Father.
From him all the kindness
and all the truth of God
    have come down to us.

15 John spoke about him and shouted, “This is the one I told you would come! He is greater than I am, because he was alive before I was born.”

16 Because of all that the Son is, we have been given one blessing after another.[a] 17 The Law was given by Moses, but Jesus Christ brought us undeserved kindness and truth. 18 No one has ever seen God. The only Son, who is truly God and is closest to the Father, has shown us what God is like.

Footnotes:

  1. 1.16 one blessing after another: Or “one blessing in place of another.”

John 1:14-18 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

14 The Word became flesh[a]
and took up residence[b] among us.
We observed His glory,
the glory as the One and Only Son[c] 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 has surpassed me,
because He existed before me.’”)
16 Indeed, we have all received grace after grace
from His fullness,
17 for the law was given through Moses,
grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
18 No one has ever seen God.[d]
The One and Only Son[e]
the One who is at the Father’s side[f]
He has revealed Him.

Footnotes:

  1. John 1:14 The eternally existent Word (vv. 1-2) took on full humanity but without sin; Heb 4:15.
  2. 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.
  3. John 1:14 Son is implied from the reference to the Father and from Gk usage.
  4. John 1:18 Since God is an infinite being, no one can see Him in His absolute essential nature; Ex 33:18-23.
  5. John 1:18 Other mss read God
  6. John 1:18 Lit is in the bosom of the Father
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