1 In the beginning was the Word,+ and the Word was with God,+ and the Word was a god.+ 2 This one was in the beginning with God.+ 3 All things came into existence through him,+ and apart from him not even one thing came into existence.
6 There came a man who was sent as a representative of God; his name was John.+ 7 This man came as a witness, in order to bear witness about the light,+ so that people of all sorts might believe through him. 8 He was not that light,+ but he was meant to bear witness about that light.+
9 The true light that gives light to every sort of man was about to come into the world.+ 10 He was in the world,+ and the world came into existence through him,+ but the world did not know* him. 11 He came to his own home, but his own people did not accept him.+ 12 However, to all who did receive him, he gave authority to become God’s children,+ because they were exercising faith in his name.+ 13 And they were born, not from blood or from a fleshly will or from man’s will, but from God.+
14 So the Word became flesh+ and resided among us, and we had a view of his glory, a glory such as belongs to an only-begotten son+ from a father; and he was full of divine favor and truth.+ 15 (John bore witness about him, yes, he cried out: “This was the one of whom I said, ‘The one coming behind me has advanced in front of me, for he existed before me.’”)+ 16 For we all received from his fullness, even undeserved kindness upon undeserved kindness. 17 Because the Law was given through Moses,+ the undeserved kindness+ and the truth came to be through Jesus Christ.+ 18 No man has seen God at any time;+ the only-begotten god+ who is at the Father’s side+ is the one who has explained Him.+
19 This is the witness John gave when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him: “Who are you?”+ 20 And he admitted it and did not deny it, saying: “I am not the Christ.”+ 21 And they asked him: “What, then? Are you E·liʹjah?”+ He replied: “I am not.”+ “Are you the Prophet?”+ And he answered: “No!” 22 So they said to him: “Who are you? Tell us so that we may give an answer to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?” 23 He said: “I am a voice of someone crying out in the wilderness, ‘Make the way of Jehovah straight,’+ just as Isaiah the prophet said.”+ 24 Now those sent were from the Pharisees. 25 So they questioned him and said to him: “Why, then, do you baptize if you are not the Christ or E·liʹjah or the Prophet?” 26 John answered them: “I baptize in water. One is standing among you whom you do not know, 27 the one coming behind me, the lace of whose sandal I am not worthy to untie.”+ 28 These things took place in Bethʹa·ny across the Jordan, where John was baptizing.+
29 The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and he said: “See, the Lamb+ of God who takes away the sin+ of the world!+ 30 This is the one about whom I said: ‘Behind me there comes a man who has advanced in front of me, for he existed before me.’+ 31 Even I did not know him, but the reason why I came baptizing in water was so that he might be made manifest to Israel.”+ 32 John also bore witness, saying: “I viewed the spirit coming down as a dove out of heaven, and it remained upon him.+ 33 Even I did not know him, but the very One who sent me to baptize in water said to me: ‘Whoever it is upon whom you see the spirit coming down and remaining,+ this is the one who baptizes in holy spirit.’+ 34 And I have seen it, and I have given witness that this one is the Son of God.”+
35 Again the next day, John was standing with two of his disciples, 36 and as he looked at Jesus walking, he said: “See, the Lamb+ of God!” 37 When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus. 38 Then Jesus turned, and seeing them following, he said to them: “What are you looking for?” They said to him: “Rabbi (which means, when translated, “Teacher”), where are you staying?” 39 He said to them: “Come, and you will see.” So they went and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day; it was about the tenth hour. 40 Andrew,+ the brother of Simon Peter, was one of the two who heard what John said and followed Jesus. 41 He first found* his own brother Simon and said to him: “We have found the Mes·siʹah”+ (which means, when translated, “Christ”),+ 42 and he led him to Jesus. When Jesus looked at him, he said: “You are Simon,+ the son of John; you will be called Ceʹphas” (which is translated “Peter”).+
43 The next day he wanted to leave for Galʹi·lee. Jesus then found Philip+ and said to him: “Be my follower.” 44 Now Philip was from Beth·saʹi·da, from the city of Andrew and Peter. 45 Philip found Na·thanʹa·el+ and said to him: “We have found the one of whom Moses, in the Law, and the Prophets wrote:+ Jesus, the son of Joseph,+ from Nazʹa·reth.” 46 But Na·thanʹa·el said to him: “Can anything good come out of Nazʹa·reth?”+ Philip said to him: “Come and see.” 47 Jesus saw Na·thanʹa·el coming toward him and said about him: “See, truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit.”+ 48 Na·thanʹa·el said to him: “How do you know me?” Jesus answered him: “Before Philip called you, while you were under the fig tree, I saw you.” 49 Na·thanʹa·el responded: “Rabbi, you are the Son of God, you are King of Israel.”+ 50 Jesus answered him: “Do you believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree? You will see things greater than these.” 51 He then said to him: “Most truly I say to you men, you will see heaven opened up and the angels of God ascending and descending to the Son of man.”+