Revised English Version    

The Good News According to John  

John Chapter 1  

Prologue1In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and what God was, the word was. 2The same was in the beginning with God. 3All things were made through it, and without it was not anything made that has been made. 4In it was life and the life was the light of mankind. 5And the light shines in the darkness and the darkness did not overcome it. 6A man came, sent from God, whose name was John. 7He came for testimony in order to testify concerning the light, so that through him all might believe. 8He was not the light, but came in order to testify about the light. 9There was the true light, even the light that gives light to everyone, coming into the world. 10He was in the world, and the world was made through him, and the world did not know him. 11He came to his own, and those who were his own did not receive him. 12But as many as received him, to them he gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in his name, 13who was born, not of bloods,a nor of the desire of the flesh, nor of the will of a man, but of God. 14And the word became flesh, and lived in his tent among usb (and we gazed at his glory, a glory as of the only begotten from the Father), full of grace and truth. 15John testified about him, and cried out, saying, “This was he of whom I said, ‘The one coming after me has advanced in front of me, because he ranks ahead of me.’” 16For we have all received of his fullness, and grace in place of grace. 17For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18No one has ever seen God; the only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Fatherc, he has made him known. The Testimony of John the Baptist19And this is the witness of John when the Jewsd sent to him priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” 20And he confessed, and did not deny it, but he confessed, “I am not the Christ.” 21And they asked him, “Who are you then? Are you Elijah?” And he says, “I am not.” “Are you the prophet?” And he answered, “No.” 22Then they said to him, “Who are you? We need to give an answer to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?” 23He said, “I am the voice of one crying out in the desert, make straight the way of the Lord,”eas Isaiah the prophet said. 24And they had been sent from the Pharisees. 25And they asked him, and said to him, “Why then are you baptizing, if you are not the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the prophet?” 26John answered them, saying, “I baptize in water, but among you stands one whom you do not know; 27the one who is coming after me, the thong of whose sandal I am not worthy to untie.” 28These things were done in Bethany beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing. The Lamb of God29On the next day he sees Jesus coming to him, and says, “Look! The Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world! 30This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who has surpassed me, for he ranks ahead of me.’ 31And I did not know him, but for this purpose I came baptizing in water: so that he would be revealed to Israel.” 32And John testified, saying, “I have seen the spirit descending as a dove out of heaven, and it remained on him. 33And I did not know him, but he who sent me to baptize in water, he said to me, ‘The one you see the spirit descending on and remaining on him, this is the one who baptizes in holy spirit.’ 34And I myself have seen it, and have testified, that this is the Son of God.” John’s Disciples Follow Jesus35Again on the next day John was standing with two of his disciples, 36and he looked at Jesus as he was walking by and said, “Look!, the Lamb of God!” 37And the two disciples heard him speak and they followed Jesus. 38And Jesus turned, and saw them following, and says to them, “What are you seeking?” And they said to him, “Rabbi (which translated means “Teacher”), where are you staying?” 39He says to them, “Come, and you will see.” Therefore, they came and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day (it was about the tenth hour).f 40One of the two that heard what John had said, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. 41This one first finds his own brother Simon, and says to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which translated means, “Christ”). 42He brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon the son of John, you will be called Cephas,” (which is translated into Greek as “Peter”). Philip and Nathanael43On the next day he wanted to go into Galilee, and he finds Philip, and Jesus says to him, “Follow me.” 44Now Philip was from Bethsaida, from the city of Andrew and Peter. 45Philip finds Nathanael and says to him, “We have found him of whom Moses in the law, and also the prophets, wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” 46And Nathanael said to him, “Is any good thing able to come out of Nazareth?” Philip says to him, “Come and see.” 47Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and says of him, “Behold, truly an Israelite in whom is no deceit!” 48Nathanael says to him, “How do you know me?” Jesus answered and said to him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.” 49Nathanael answered him, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God, you are King of Israel.” 50Jesus answered and said to him, “Because I said to you, I saw you underneath the fig tree, you believe? You will see greater things than these.” 51And he says to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you all, you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”

a[13]
Not of two human parents. Some people believed that conception occurred by the mixing of the mother’s and father’s blood.
b[14]
The human body is referred to as a tent; cp. 2 Cor. 5:1; 2 Pet. 1:13.
c[18]
Idiomatic for being in a very loving and intimate relationship.
d[19]
“Jews” is used two ways in the NT: 1) referring generally to those who are ethnically and religiously Jews; 2) referring to those who are leaders and who are ungodly and oppose Christ. John has many uses of “Jews” with the second meaning.
e[23]
From Isa. 40:3.
f[39]
The tenth hour is about 4 PM.