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John 1:18-23 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

18 No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son,[a] who is close to the Father’s heart,[b] who has made him known.

The Testimony of John the Baptist

19 This is the testimony given by John when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” 20 He confessed and did not deny it, but confessed, “I am not the Messiah.”[c] 21 And they asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you the prophet?” He answered, “No.” 22 Then they said to him, “Who are you? Let us have an answer for those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?” 23 He said,

“I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness,
‘Make straight the way of the Lord,’”

as the prophet Isaiah said.

Footnotes:

  1. John 1:18 Other ancient authorities read It is an only Son, God, or It is the only Son
  2. John 1:18 Gk bosom
  3. John 1:20 Or the Christ
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

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