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15 ((A)John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, (B)‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’”) 16 For from (C)his fullness we have all received, (D)grace upon grace.[a] 17 For (E)the law was given through Moses; (F)grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 (G)No one has ever seen God; (H)the only God,[b] who is at the Father's side,[c] (I)he has made him known.
The Testimony of John the Baptist
19 And this is the (J)testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, (K)“Who are you?” 20 (L)He confessed, and did not deny, but confessed, “I am not the Christ.” 21 And they asked him, “What then? (M)Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you (N)the Prophet?” And he answered, “No.” 22 So they said to him, “Who are you? We need to give an answer to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?” 23 He said, “I am (O)the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, ‘Make straight[d] the way of the Lord,’ as the prophet Isaiah said.”
24 (Now they had been sent from the Pharisees.) 25 They asked him, (P)“Then why are you baptizing, if you are neither the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?” 26 John answered them, (Q)“I baptize with water, but among you stands one you do not know, 27 even (R)he who comes after me, the strap of whose sandal I am not worthy to untie.” 28 These things took place in Bethany across the Jordan, where John was baptizing.
Behold, the Lamb of God
29 The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, (S)the Lamb of God, who (T)takes away the sin (U)of the world! 30 This is he of whom I said, (V)‘After me comes a man who ranks before me, because he was before me.’ 31 I myself did not know him, but (W)for this purpose I came baptizing with water, that he might be revealed to Israel.” 32 And John (X)bore witness: (Y)“I saw the Spirit descend from heaven like a dove, and (Z)it remained on him. 33 I myself did not know him, but (AA)he who sent me to baptize (AB)with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, (AC)this is he who baptizes (AD)with the Holy Spirit.’ 34 And I have seen and have borne witness that this is the Son[e] of God.”
Jesus Calls the First Disciples
35 The next day again John was standing with two of his disciples, 36 and he looked at Jesus as he walked by and said, “Behold, (AE)the Lamb of God!” 37 The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. 38 Jesus turned and saw them following and said to them, (AF)“What are you seeking?” And they said to him, (AG)“Rabbi” (which means Teacher), “where are you staying?” 39 He said to them, “Come and you will see.” So they came and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day, for it was about the tenth hour.[f] 40 (AH)One of the two who heard John speak and followed Jesus[g] was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother. 41 He first found his own brother Simon and said to him, “We have found (AI)the Messiah” (which means Christ). 42 He brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon the son of (AJ)John. You shall be called (AK)Cephas” (which means (AL)Peter[h]).
Jesus Calls Philip and Nathanael
43 (AM)The next day Jesus decided (AN)to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” 44 Now (AO)Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 45 Philip found (AP)Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him of whom (AQ)Moses in the Law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus (AR)of Nazareth, (AS)the son of Joseph.” 46 Nathanael said to him, (AT)“Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” 47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said of him, “Behold, (AU)an Israelite indeed, (AV)in whom there is no deceit!” 48 Nathanael said to him, “How (AW)do you know me?” Jesus answered him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.” 49 Nathanael answered him, (AX)“Rabbi, (AY)you are the Son of God! You are the (AZ)King of Israel!” 50 Jesus answered him, “Because I said to you, ‘I saw you under the fig tree,’ do you believe? You will see greater things than these.” 51 And he said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you,[i] you will see (BA)heaven opened, and (BB)the angels of God ascending and descending on (BC)the Son of Man.”Read full chapter
- John 1:16 Or grace in place of grace
- John 1:18 Or the only One, who is God; some manuscripts the only Son
- John 1:18 Greek in the bosom of the Father
- John 1:23 Or crying out, ‘In the wilderness make straight
- John 1:34 Some manuscripts the Chosen One
- John 1:39 That is, about 4 p.m.
- John 1:40 Greek him
- John 1:42 Cephas and Peter are from the word for rock in Aramaic and Greek, respectively
- John 1:51 The Greek for you is plural; twice in this verse