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The Word Became Flesh In the be gin ning was the Word, and 1 the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the be ginning. 3 Through him all things were made; with out him noth ing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all man kind. 5 The light shines in the dark ness, and the dark ness has not over come a it. 6 There was a man sent from God whose name was John. 7 He came as a wit ness to tes ti fy con cern ing that light, so that through him all might be lieve. 8 He himself was not the light; he came only as a wit ness to the light. 9 The true light that gives light to ev eryone was com ing into the world. 10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not rec og nize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not re ceive him. 12 Yet to all who did re ceive him, to those who be lieved in his name, he gave the right to be come chil dren of God — ​ 13 chil dren born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a hus band’s will, but born of God. 14 The Word be came flesh and made his dwell ing among us. We have seen his glo ry, the glo ry of the one and only Son, who came from the Fa ther, full of grace and truth. 15 (John tes ti fied con cern ing him. He cried out, say ing, “This is the one I spoke about when I said, ‘He who comes af ter me has sur passed me be cause he was be fore me.’ ”) 16 Out of his full ness we have all re ceived grace in place of grace al ready giv en. 17 For the law was giv en through Mo ses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is him self God and b is in clos est re la tion ship with the Fa ther, has made him known. John the Baptist Denies Being the Messiah 19 Now this was John’s testimony when the Jew ish lead ers c in Je ru sa lem sent priests and Le vites to ask him who he was. 20 He did not fail to con fess, but con fessed free ly, “I am not the Mes si ah.” 21 They asked him, “Then who are you? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you the Proph et?” He an swered, “No.” 22 Fi nal ly they said, “Who are you? Give us an an swer to take back to those who sent us. What do you say about your self ?” 23 John re plied in the words of Isa iah the proph et, “I am the voice of one call ing in the wil der ness, ‘Make straight the way for the Lord.’ ” d 24 Now the Phar i sees who had been sent 25 ques tioned him, “Why then do you baptize if you are not the Mes si ah, nor Eli jah, nor the Proph et?” 26 “I baptize with e water,” John replied, “but among you stands one you do not know. 27 He is the one who comes af ter me, the straps of whose san dals I am not worthy to untie.” 28 This all hap pened at Beth a ny on the oth er side of the Jor dan, where John was baptizing. John Testifies About Jesus 29 The next day John saw Jesus com ing to ward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! 30 This is the one I meant when I said, ‘A man who comes af ter me has sur passed me be cause he was be fore me.’ 31 I myself did not know him, but the rea son I came bap tiz ing with wa ter was that he might be revealed to Israel.” 32 Then John gave this tes ti mo ny: “I saw the Spir it come down from heav en as a dove and re main on him. 33 And I my self did not know him, but the one who sent me to bap tize with wa ter told me, ‘The man on whom you see the Spir it come down and re main is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spir it.’ 34 I have seen and I tes ti fy that this is God’s Cho sen One.” f John’s Disciples Follow Jesus 35 The next day John was there again with two of his dis ci ples. 36 When he saw a 5 Or understood b 18 Some manuscripts but the only Son, who c 19 The Greek term traditionally translated the Jews (hoi Ioudaioi) refers here and elsewhere in John’s Gospel to those Jewish leaders who opposed Jesus; also in 5:10, 15, 16; 7:1, 11, 13; 9:22; 18:14, 28, 36; 19:7, 12, 31, 38; 20:19. d 23 Isaiah 40:3 e 26 Or in; also in verses 31 and 33 (twice) f 34 See Isaiah 42:1; many manuscripts is the Son of God.