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1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and what God was the Word was.a
  2This Word was in the beginning with God.
  3Everything came to be through it, and apart from it nothing came to be.b
  4What came to be in it was life. And this life was the light of humankind.
  5And the light shines in the darkness, but the darkness did not overcome it.

6There came a man sent from God, whose name was John.
  7This man came as a witness to testify about the light, so that through him all would believe.
  8That man was not the light, but he came to testify about the light.

9The true light, who gives light to every person, was coming into the world.
  10He was in the world, and the world came to be through him, and yet the world did not know him.
  11He came to his own and his own did not receive him.
  12But to as many as received him—to those who believe in his name—he gave the right to become children of God,
  13who were not born by blood,c nor by the will of the flesh, nor by the will of a man, but by God.

14The Word became flesh and dwelledd among us, and we have seen his glory—the glory as the only begotten Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
  15John testified about him and called out, saying, “This was the one about whom I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was superior to me.’”
  16For from his fullness we have all received grace upon grace.
  17For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.e
  18No one has ever seen God; the only begotten Son, who is in a most intimate relationship withf the Father, he has explained him.

The Testimony of John the Baptist

19And this is the witness of John when the Jewsg 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 said, “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,”h as 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.
  27He is the one who is coming after me—I am not even worthy to untie the strap of his sandal!”
  28These things were done in Bethany beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing.

The Lamb of God

29On the next day he saw Jesus coming to him, and said, “Look! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!
  30This is he about whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who has surpassed me, for he was my superior.’
  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 on whom you see the spirit descending 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 Jesus

35Again 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 said to them, “What are you seeking?” And they said to him, “Rabbi (which translated means, “Teacher”), where are you staying?”
  39He said 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).i
  40One of the two that heard what John had said, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother.
  41This one first found his own brother Simon, and said 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 translated means, “Peter”).

Philip and Nathanael

43On the next day he wanted to go into Galilee, and he found Philip, and Jesus said to him, “Follow me.”
  44Now Philip was from Bethsaida, from the city of Andrew and Peter.
  45Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found the one who Moses wrote about in the Law, and so did the prophets: Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”
  46And Nathanael said to him, “Can any good thing come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.”
  47Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and said about him, “Behold, truly an Israelite in whom is no deceit!”
  48Nathanael said 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 said 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.”

The absence of the article (“the”) before “God” in the Greek makes the word “God” qualitative, which can be understood as “the Word had the character of God,” meaning that it was godly.
Most early Greek manuscripts end John 1:3 here.
Not of two human parents. Some people believed that conception occurred by the mixing of the mother’s and father’s blood.
Lit. “tabernacled” (i.e., pitched his tent). The human body is referred to as a tent; cp. 2 Cor. 5:1; 2 Pet. 1:13.
Lit. “the Anointed One”
Lit. “in the bosom of”
“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.
From Isa. 40:3
The tenth hour is about 4 p.m.

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