1 THE Logos existed in the very beginning, the Logos was with God, the Logos was divine. 2 He was with God in the very beginning: 3 through him all existence came into being, no existence came into being apart from him. 4 In him life lay, and this life was the Light for men: 5 amid the darkness the Light shone, but the darkness did not master it.
6 A man appeared, sent by God, whose name was John: 7 he came for the purpose of witnessing, to bear testimony to the Light, so that all men might believe by means of him. 8 He was not the Light; it was to bear testimony to the Light that he appeared. 9 The real Light, which enlightens every man, was coming then into the world:
10 he entered the world ??the world which existed through him ??yet the world did not recognize him; 11 he came to what was his own, yet his own folk did not welcome him. 12 On those who have accepted him, however, he has conferred the right of being children of God, that is, on those who believe in his Name, 13 who owe this birth of theirs to God, not to human blood, nor to any impulse of the flesh or of man.
14 So the Logos became flesh and tarried among us; we have seen his glory ??glory such as an only son enjoys from his father ??seen it to be full of grace and reality. 15 (John testified to him with the cry, 'This was he of whom I said, my successor has taken precedence of me, for he preceded me.') 16 For we have all been receiving grace after grace from his fulness; 17 while the Law was given through Moses, grace and reality are ours through Jesus Christ. 18 Nobody has ever seen God, but God has been unfolded by the divine One, the only Son, who lies upon the Father's breast.
19 Now here is John's testimony. When the Jews of Jerusalem despatched priests and Levites to ask him, "Who are you?"
21 They asked him, "Then what are you? Elijah?" He said, "I am not." "Are you the Prophet?" "No," he answered.
22 "Then who are you?" they said; "tell us, so that we can give some answer to those who sent us. What have you to say for yourself?"
23 He said, "I am the voice of one who cries in the desert, 'level the way for the Lord' ??as the prophet Isaiah said."
24 Now it was some of the Pharisees who had been sent to him; 25 so they asked him, saying, "Then why are you baptizing people, if you are neither the Christ nor Elijah nor the Prophet?"
26 "I am baptizing with water," John replied, "but my successor is among you, One whom you do not recognize, 27 and I am not fit to untie the string of his sandal."
29 Next day he observed Jesus coming towards him and exclaimed, "Look, there is the lamb of God, who is to remove the sin of the world! 30 That is he of whom I said, 'The man who is to succeed me has taken precedence of me, for he preceded me.' 31 I myself did not recognize him; I only came to baptize with water, in order that he might be disclosed to Israel."
32 And John bore this testimony also: "I saw the Spirit descend like a dove from heaven and rest on him. 33 I myself did not recognize him, but He who sent me to baptize with water told me, 'He on whom you see the Spirit descending and resting, that is he who baptizes with the holy Spirit.' 34 Now I did see it, and I testify that he is the Son of God."
35 Next day again John was standing with two of his disciples; 36 he gazed at Jesus as he walked about, and said, "Look, there is the lamb of God!"
37 The two disciples heard what he said and went after Jesus. 38 Now Jesus turned, and when he observed them coming after him, he asked them, "What do you want?" They replied, "Rabbi" (which may be translated, 'teacher'), "where are you staying?"
39 He said to them, "Come and see." So they went and saw where he stayed, and stayed with him the rest of that day ??it was then about four in the afternoon.
40 One of the two men who heard what John said and went after Jesus was Andrew, the brother of Peter. 41 In the morning he met his brother Simon and told him, "We have found the messiah" (which may be translated, 'Christ'). 42 He took him to Jesus; Jesus gazed at him and said, "You are Simon, the son of John? Your name is to be Cephas" (meaning 'Peter' or 'rock'). 43 Next day Jesus determined to leave for Galilee; there he met Philip and told him, "Follow me." 44 Now Philip belonged to Bethsaida, the same town as Andrew and Peter; 45 he met Nathanael and told him, "We have found him whom Moses wrote about in the Law, and also the prophets ??it is Jesus, the son of Joseph, who comes from Nazaret." 46 "Nazaret!" said Nathanael, "can anything good come out of Nazaret?" "Come and see," said Philip. 47 Jesus saw Nathanael approaching and said of him, "Here is a genuine Israelite! There is no guile in him." 48 Nathanael said to him, "How do you know me?" Jesus answered, "When you were under that fig tree, before ever Philip called you, I saw you." 49 "Rabbi," said Nathanael, "you are the Son of God, you are the king of Israel!" 50 Jesus answered, "You believe because I told you I had seen you under that fig tree? You shall see more than that." 51 He said to him, "Truly, truly I tell you all, you shall see heaven open wide and God's angels ascending and descending upon the Son of man."