John

Chapter One

1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
1:2 This one was with God in the beginning.
1:3 All things came into existence through him and without him, nothing came into existence that has existed.
1:4 In him was life and the life was the light of all men.
1:5 And the light [continually] shines in darkness but the same darkness does not overcome it.
1:6 A man came, sent from God, whose name was John.
1:7 He came as a witness, to testify about the Light, so that all might believe through him.
1:8 He himself was not the Light, but he came to testify about the Light.
1:9 The true light, who gives light to every man was coming into the world.
1:10 He was in the world and the world came into existence through him, and the world did not recognize him.
1:11 He came to what was his own but those who were his own did not receive him.
1:12 But as many as did receive him, he gave them the right to become the children of God, to those who believe in his name,
1:13 who were born not from blood [human parents], nor from the will of flesh [sexual desire], nor from the will of a man [husband], but from God.
1:14 Now the Word became flesh and dwelt among us
and we saw his glory—glory as the one and only [who came] from the Father, full of grace and truth.
1:15 John testified concerning him. He cried out, saying,
“This one was the one about whom I said, ‘He who comes after me has a higher rank because he existed before me.’”
1:16 For from his fullness, we have received grace upon grace.
1:17 For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
1:18 No one has ever seen God. The one and only God the Son who is in the bosom [closest fellowship] of the Father, he [the Son] has made known.
1:19 Now this is the testimony of John that Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?”
1:20 And he confessed and did not deny, but confessed, “I am not the Christ.”
1:21 So they asked him, “Then who are you? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not!” “Are you the Prophet?” And he answered, “No.”
1:22 Then they said to him, “Who are you, so that we may give an answer to those who sent us? What do you say about yourself?”
1:23 He said, “I am a voice of one shouting in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way for the Lord, as Isaiah the prophet said.”
1:24 Now they had been sent from the Pharisees.
1:25 They asked him, and said to him, “Why then are you baptizing, if you are not the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?”
1:26 John answered them saying, “I baptize with water, but among you stands One whom you do not know,
1:27 who is coming after me of whom I am not worthy to untie the strap of his sandal.
1:28 These things happened in Bethany beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing.
1:29 On the next day he saw Jesus coming to him and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!
1:30 This is the one about whom I said, “After me comes a man who has a higher rank than me because he existed before me.
1:31 I did not recognize him, but so that he might be
revealed to Israel, I came baptizing in water.”
1:32 Then John testified, “I saw the Spirit descending like a dove from heaven, and it remained on him.
1:33 And I did not recognize him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water said to me, “Upon whom you see the Spirit descending and remaining—this is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.
1:34 I have both seen and testified that this man is the Chosen One of God.”
1:35 Again the next day John was standing there with two of his disciples,
1:36 and looking at Jesus as he walked by he said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!”
1:37 When the two disciples heard him speak, they followed Jesus.
1:38 And 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?”
1:39 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 (4 p.m.).
1:40 Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, was one of the two disciples who heard what John said and followed him [Jesus].
1:41 He found first his own brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which translated means Christ).
1:42 He brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon the son of John; you shall be called Cephas (which is translated Peter).
1:43 On the next day, he [Jesus] wanted to set out to Galilee and he found Philip. And Jesus said to him, “Follow Me.”
1:44 Now Philip was from Bethsaida, of the city of Andrew and Peter.
1:45 Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found whom Moses wrote about in the Law and the Prophets—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”
1:46 Nathanael said to him, “Can any good thing come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.”
1:47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming to Him, and said of him,
“Behold, truly an Israelite, in whom there is no deceit!”
1:48 Nathanael 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.”
1:49 Nathanael answered Him, “Rabbi, You are the Son of God; You are the King of Israel.”
1:50 Jesus answered and said to him, “Because I said to you that I saw you under the fig tree, do you believe? You will see greater things than these.”
1:51 And He said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”

Chapter Two

2:1 Now on the third day there was a wedding at Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there,
2:2 and both Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding.
2:3 When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to Him, “They have no wine.”
2:4 Jesus said to her, “What is that to me and you, woman? My hour has not yet come.”
2:5 His mother said to the servants, “Whatever He says to you, do it.”
2:6 Now there were six stone water-pots set there for the purification custom of the Jews, holding twenty or thirty gallons each.
2:7 Jesus said to them, “Fill the water-pots with water.” So they filled them up to the brim.
2:8 And He said to them, “Now draw some out and take it to the headwaiter.” So they took it to him,
2:9 and when the headwaiter tasted the water which had become wine and did not know where it came from (but the servants who had drawn the water knew), the headwaiter called the bridegroom,
2:10 “Everyone serves the good wine first, and when they are drunk, the cheaper [poorer] wine is served. You have kept the good wine until now.
2:11 Jesus did this as the first of his signs in Cana of Galilee and revealed his glory and his disciples believed in him.
2:12 After this he went down to Capernaum with his mother and brothers and his disciples, and they stayed there a few days.
2:13 The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
2:14 And He found in the temple those who were selling oxen and sheep and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables.
2:15 And he made a whip of cords and drove all of them
from the temple both the sheep and the oxen; and he poured out the coins of the money-changers and turned over their tables.
2:16 and to those who were selling the doves He said, “Take these things away! Do not make my Father’s house a place of business [marketplace].
2:17 His disciples remembered that it was written,“Zeal for your house will consume me.”
2:18 Then the Jews [Jewish authorities] responded and said to him, “What sign do You show us [as your authority] for doing these things?”
2:19 Jesus answered and said to them, “Destroy this temple and in three days, I will raise it up.”
2:20 Then the Jews [Jewish authorities] said, “This temple was constructed in forty-six years and you will raise it up in three days.”
2:21 But that he spoke of was the temple of his body.
2:22 So when He was raised from the dead, His disciples remembered that He said this; and they believed the Scripture and the word which Jesus had spoken.
2:23 Now while He was in Jerusalem at the Passover, during the feast, many believed in His name, while observing the signs which he was doing.
2:24 But Jesus would not entrust himself to them, because he knew all men,
2:25 and he did not need anyone to testify concerning man, for he himself knew what was in man.

Chapter Three

3:1 Now there was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews;
3:2 This man came to him [Jesus] at night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that You have come from God as a teacher; for no one is able to do these signs that You do unless God is with him.”
3:3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born from above he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
3:4 Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? He is not able to enter into the womb of his mother a second time and be born, can he?”
3:5 Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
3:6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
3:7 Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You all must be born from above.’
3:8 The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
3:9 Nicodemus answered and said to Him, “How can these things be?”
3:10 Jesus answered and said to him, “You are a teacher of Israel and you do not know these things ?
3:11 Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak of what we know and testify of what we have seen, and you do not accept our testimony.
3:12 If I told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things?
3:13 No one has ascended into heaven, but He who descended from heaven: the Son of Man.
3:14 As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up,
3:15 so that whoever believes may have in Him eternal life.”
3:16 For in this way, God loved the world so that he gave his one and only Son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
3:17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world should be saved through him.
3:18 The one who believes in him is not condemned; but the one who does not believe has already been condemned because he has not believed in the name of the one and only Son of God.
3:19 Now this is the reason for judgment: that the light has come into the world and mankind has loved the darkness rather than the light, because their deeds were evil.
3:20 For everyone who does worthless deeds hate the light and does not come to the light so that their deeds will not be exposed.
3:21 But he who practices the truth comes to the light, in order that his deeds might be manifested as done in God.
3:22 After this, Jesus and his disciples went out into the Judean countryside, and there he spent time with them and was baptizing.
3:23 John also was baptizing in Aenon near Salim, because there was much water there and they [people] were coming and were being baptized.
3:24 For John had not yet been thrown into prison.
3:25 Now a dispute arose between some of John’s disciples
with a Jew about purification.
3:26 And they came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, He who was with you across the Jordan [river], that is the one about whom you have testified—behold, he is baptizing and everyone is coming to him.”
3:27 John answered and said, “A man is not able to receive anything unless it has been given him from heaven.”
3:28 You yourselves are my witnesses that I said, ‘I am not the Christ,’ but, ‘I have been sent before Him.’
3:29 The one who has the bride is the bridegroom; But the friend of the bridegroom, who stands by and listens for him, rejoices greatly at the sound of the voice of the bridegroom.
Therefore, this joy of mine has been fulfilled.
3:30 He must increase [become more important], but I must decrease [become less important].”
3:31 The one who comes from above is superior to all; the one who is from earth [belongs to] the earth and he speaks from the earth. The one who comes from heaven is superior to all.
3:32 He testifies about what he has seen and heard, but no one accepts his testimony.
3:33 He who has received His testimony has set his seal to this, that God is true.
3:34 For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for he does not give the Spirit with measure [unlimited].
3:35 The Father loves the Son and has given all things into His hand.
3:36 He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.