1 In the beginning 1 was the Word, and the Word was with God, 2 and the Word was fully God. 3 2 The Word 4 was with God in the beginning. 3 All things were created 5 by him, and apart from him not one thing was created 6 that has been created. 7 4 In him was life, 8 and the life was the light of mankind. 9 5 And the light shines on 10 in the darkness, 11 but 12 the darkness has not mastered it. 13
6 A man came, sent from God, whose name was John. 14 7 He came as a witness 15 to testify 16 about the light, so that everyone 17 might believe through him. 8 He himself was not the light, but he came to testify 18 about the light. 9 The true light, who gives light to everyone, 19 was coming into the world. 20 10 He was in the world, and the world was created 21 by him, but 22 the world did not recognize 23 him. 11 He came to what was his own, 24 but 25 his own people 26 did not receive him. 27 12 But to all who have received him – those who believe in his name 28 – he has given the right to become God’s children 13 – children not born 29 by human parents 30 or by human desire 31 or a husband’s 32 decision, 33 but by God.
14 Now 34 the Word became flesh 35 and took up residence 36 among us. We 37 saw his glory – the glory of the one and only, 38 full of grace and truth, who came from the Father. 15 John 39 testified 40 about him and shouted out, 41 “This one was the one about whom I said, ‘He who comes after me is greater than I am, 42 because he existed before me.’” 16 For we have all received from his fullness one gracious gift after another. 43 17 For the law was given through Moses, but 44 grace and truth came about through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God. The only one, 45 himself God, who is in closest fellowship with 46 the Father, has made God 47 known. 48
19 Now 49 this was 50 John’s 51 testimony 52 when the Jewish leaders 53 sent 54 priests and Levites from Jerusalem 55 to ask him, “Who are you?” 56 20 He confessed – he did not deny but confessed – “I am not the Christ!” 57 21 So they asked him, “Then who are you? 58 Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not!” 59 “Are you the Prophet?” 60 He answered, “No!” 22 Then they said to him, “Who are you? Tell us 61 so that we can give an answer to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?”
23 John 62 said, “I am the voice of one shouting in the wilderness, ‘Make straight 63 the way for the Lord,’ 64 as Isaiah the prophet said.” 24 (Now they had been sent from the Pharisees. 65 ) 66 25 So they asked John, 67 “Why then are you baptizing if you are not the Christ, 68 nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?”
26 John answered them, 69 “I baptize with water. Among you stands one whom you do not recognize, 70 27 who is coming after me. I am not worthy 71 to untie the strap 72 of his sandal!” 28 These things happened in Bethany 73 across the Jordan River 74 where John was baptizing.
29 On the next day John 75 saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God 76 who takes away the sin of the world! 30 This is the one about whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who is greater than I am, 77 because he existed before me.’ 31 I did not recognize 78 him, but I came baptizing with water so that he could be revealed to Israel.” 79
32 Then 80 John testified, 81 “I saw the Spirit descending like a dove 82 from heaven, 83 and it remained on him. 84 33 And I did not recognize him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘The one on whom you see the Spirit descending and remaining – this is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ 34 I have both seen and testified that this man is the Chosen One of God.” 85
35 Again the next day John 86 was standing there 87 with two of his disciples. 36 Gazing at Jesus as he walked by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!” 88 37 When John’s 89 two disciples heard him say this, 90 they followed Jesus. 91 38 Jesus turned around and saw them following and said to them, “What do you want?” 92 So they said to him, “Rabbi” (which is translated Teacher), 93 “where are you staying?” 39 Jesus 94 answered, 95 “Come and you will see.” So they came and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day. Now it was about four o’clock in the afternoon. 96
40 Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, was one of the two disciples who heard what John said 97 and followed Jesus. 98 41 He first 99 found his own brother Simon and told him, “We have found the Messiah!” 100 (which is translated Christ). 101 42 Andrew brought Simon 102 to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon, the son of John. 103 You will be called Cephas” (which is translated Peter). 104
43 On the next day Jesus 105 wanted to set out for Galilee. 106 He 107 found Philip and said 108 to him, “Follow me.” 44 (Now Philip was from Bethsaida, 109 the town of 110 Andrew and Peter.) 45 Philip found Nathanael 111 and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the law, and the prophets also 112 wrote about – Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” 46 Nathanael 113 replied, 114 “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” 115 Philip replied, 116 “Come and see.”
47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and exclaimed, 117 “Look, a true Israelite in whom there is no deceit!” 118 48 Nathanael asked him, “How do you know me?” Jesus replied, 119 “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, 120 I saw you.” 49 Nathanael answered him, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the king 121 of Israel!” 122 50 Jesus said to him, 123 “Because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree, do you believe? You will see greater things than these.” 124 51 He continued, 125 “I tell all of you the solemn truth 126 – you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.” 127
2 Now on the third day there was a wedding at Cana 1 in Galilee. 2 Jesus’ mother 3 was there, 2 and Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the wedding. 4 3 When the wine ran out, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no wine left.” 5 4 Jesus replied, 6 “Woman, 7 why are you saying this to me? 8 My time 9 has not yet come.” 5 His mother told the servants, “Whatever he tells you, do it.” 10
6 Now there were six stone water jars there for Jewish ceremonial washing, 11 each holding twenty or thirty gallons. 12 7 Jesus told the servants, 13 “Fill the water jars with water.” So they filled them up to the very top. 8 Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the head steward,” 14 and they did. 9 When 15 the head steward tasted the water that had been turned to wine, not knowing where it came from 16 (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), he 17 called the bridegroom 10 and said to him, “Everyone 18 serves the good wine first, and then the cheaper 19 wine when the guests 20 are drunk. You have kept the good wine until now!” 11 Jesus did this as the first of his miraculous signs, 21 in Cana 22 of Galilee. In this way he revealed 23 his glory, and his disciples believed in him. 24
12 After this he went down to Capernaum 25 with his mother and brothers 26 and his disciples, and they stayed there a few days. 13 Now the Jewish feast of Passover 27 was near, so Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 28 14 29
He found in the temple courts 30 those who were selling oxen and sheep and doves, and the money changers sitting at tables. 31 15 So he made a whip of cords 32 and drove them all out of the temple courts, 33 with the sheep and the oxen. He scattered the coins of the money changers 34 and overturned their tables. 16 To those who sold the doves he said, “Take these things away from here! Do not make 35 my Father’s house a marketplace!” 36 17 His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal 37 for your house will devour me.” 38
18 So then the Jewish leaders 39 responded, 40 “What sign can you show us, since you are doing these things?” 41 19 Jesus replied, 42 “Destroy 43 this temple and in three days I will raise it up again.” 20 Then the Jewish leaders 44 said to him, “This temple has been under construction 45 for forty-six years, 46 and are you going to raise it up in three days?” 21 But Jesus 47 was speaking about the temple of his body. 48 22 So after he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this, and they believed the scripture 49 and the saying 50 that Jesus had spoken.
23 Now while Jesus 51 was in Jerusalem 52 at the feast of the Passover, many people believed in his name because they saw the miraculous signs he was doing. 53 24 But Jesus would not entrust himself to them, because he knew all people. 54 25 He did not need anyone to testify about man, 55 for he knew what was in man. 56
3 Now a certain man, a Pharisee 1 named Nicodemus, who was a member of the Jewish ruling council, 2 2 came to Jesus 3 at night 4 and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the miraculous signs 5 that you do unless God is with him.” 3 Jesus replied, 6 “I tell you the solemn truth, 7 unless a person is born from above, 8 he cannot see the kingdom of God.” 9 4 Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter his mother’s womb and be born a second time, can he?” 10
5 Jesus answered, “I tell you the solemn truth, 11 unless a person is born of water and spirit, 12 he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 6 What is born of the flesh is flesh, 13 and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must all 14 be born from above.’ 15 8 The wind 16 blows wherever it will, and you hear the sound it makes, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” 17
9 Nicodemus replied, 18 “How can these things be?” 19 10 Jesus answered, 20 “Are you the teacher of Israel and yet you don’t understand these things? 21 11 I tell you the solemn truth, 22 we speak about what we know and testify about what we have seen, but 23 you people 24 do not accept our testimony. 25 12 If I have told you people 26 about earthly things and you don’t believe, how will you believe if I tell you about heavenly things? 27 13 No one 28 has ascended 29 into heaven except the one who descended from heaven – the Son of Man. 30 14 Just as 31 Moses lifted up the serpent 32 in the wilderness, 33 so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 34 15 so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.” 35
16 For this is the way 36 God loved the world: He gave his one and only 37 Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish 38 but have eternal life. 39 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, 40 but that the world should be saved through him. 18 The one who believes in him is not condemned. 41 The one who does not believe has been condemned 42 already, because he has not believed in the name of the one and only 43 Son of God. 19 Now this is the basis for judging: 44 that the light has come into the world and people 45 loved the darkness rather than the light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For everyone who does evil deeds hates the light and does not come to the light, so that their deeds will not be exposed. 21 But the one who practices the truth comes to the light, so that it may be plainly evident that his deeds have been done in God. 46
22 After this, 47 Jesus and his disciples came into Judean territory, and there he spent time with them and was baptizing. 23 John 48 was also baptizing at Aenon near Salim, 49 because water was plentiful there, and people were coming 50 to him 51 and being baptized. 24 (For John had not yet been thrown into prison.) 52
25 Now a dispute came about between some of John’s disciples and a certain Jew 53 concerning ceremonial washing. 54 26 So they came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, the one who was with you on the other side of the Jordan River, 55 about whom you testified – see, he is baptizing, and everyone is flocking to him!”
27 John replied, 56 “No one can receive anything unless it has been given to him from heaven. 28 You yourselves can testify that I said, ‘I am not the Christ,’ 57 but rather, ‘I have been sent before him.’ 29 The one who has the bride is the bridegroom. The friend of the bridegroom, who stands by and listens for him, rejoices greatly 58 when he hears the bridegroom’s voice. This then is my joy, and it is complete. 59 30 He must become more important while I become less important.” 60
31 The one who comes from above is superior to all. 61 The one who is from the earth belongs to the earth and speaks about earthly things. 62 The one who comes from heaven 63 is superior to all. 64 32 He testifies about what he has seen and heard, but no one accepts his testimony. 33 The one who has accepted his testimony has confirmed clearly that God is truthful. 65 34 For the one whom God has sent 66 speaks the words of God, for he does not give the Spirit sparingly. 67 35 The Father loves the Son and has placed all things under his authority. 68 36 The one who believes in the Son has eternal life. The one who rejects 69 the Son will not see life, but God’s wrath 70 remains 71 on him.