John Chapter 1 (1611 Bible)
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In the beginning was the Word, & the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
The same was in the beginning with God.
All things were made by him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.
In him was life, and the life was the light of men.
And the light shineth in darknesse, and the darknesse comprehended it not.
¶ There was a man sent from God, whose name was Iohn.
The same came for a witnesse, to beare witnesse of the light, that all men through him might beleeue.
Hee was not that light, but was sent to beare witnesse of that light.
That was the true light, which lighteth euery man that commeth into the world.
Hee was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.
Hee came vnto his owne, and his owne receiued him not.
But as many as receiued him, to them gaue hee power to become the sonnes of God, euen to them that beleeue on his Name:
Which were borne, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among vs (& we beheld his glory, the glory as of the onely begotten of the Father) full of grace and trueth.
¶ Iohn bare witnesse of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that commeth after me, is preferred before me, for he was before me.
And of his fulnesse haue all wee receiued, and grace for grace.
For the Law was giuen by Moses, but grace and trueth came by Iesus Christ.
No man hath seene God at any time: the onely begotten Sonne, which is in the bosome of the Father, he hath declared him.
¶ And this is the record of Iohn, when the Iewes sent Priests and Leuites from Hierusalem, to aske him, Who art thou?
And he confessed, and denied not: but confessed, I am not the Christ.
And they asked him, What then? Art thou Elias? And he saith, I am not. Art thou that Prophet? And hee answered, No.
Then said they vnto him, Who art thou, that we may giue an answere to them that sent vs? What sayest thou of thy selfe?
He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wildernesse: Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the Prophet Esaias.
And they which were sent, were of the Pharises.
And they asked him, and said vnto him, Why baptizest thou then, if thou be not that Christ, nor Elias, neither that Prophet?
Iohn answered them, saying, I baptize with water, but there standeth one among you, whom ye know not,
He it is, who comming after me, is preferred before me, whose shoes latchet I am not worthy to vnloose.
These things were done in Bethabara beyond Iordane, where Iohn was baptizing.
¶ The next day, Iohn seeth Iesus comming vnto him, and saith, Behold the Lambe of God, which taketh away the sinne of the world.
This is he of whom I said, After me commeth a man, which is preferred before me: for he was before me.
And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therfore am I come baptizing with water.
And Iohn bare record saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heauen, like a Doue, and it abode vpon him.
And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said vnto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, & remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the holy Ghost.
And I saw, and bare record, that this is the sonne of God.
¶ Againe the next day after, Iohn stood, and two of his disciples.
And looking vpon Iesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lambe of God.
And the two disciples heard him speake, and they followed Iesus.
Then Iesus turned, and saw them following, and saith vnto them, What seeke ye? They said vnto him, Rabbi, (which is to say being interpreted, Master) where dwellest thou?
He saith vnto them, Come and see. They came and saw where he dwelt, and abode with him that day: for it was about the tenth houre.
One of the two which heard Iohn speake, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peters brother.
He first findeth his owne brother Simon, and saith vnto him, We haue found the Messias, which is, being interpreted, the Christ.
And he brought him to Iesus. And when Iesus beheld him, he said, Thou art Simon the sonne of Iona, thou shalt be called Cephas, which is by interpretation, a stone.
¶ The day following, Iesus would goe foorth into Galilee, & findeth Philip, & saith vnto him, Follow me.
Now Philip was of Bethsaida, the citie of Andrew and Peter.
Philip findeth Nathaneel, and saith vnto him, We haue found him of whom Moses in the Law, and the Prophets did write, Iesus of Nazareth the sonne of Ioseph.
And Nathaneel said vnto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith vnto him, Come and see.
Iesus saw Nathaneel comming to him, and saith of him, Behold an Israelite indeed in whom is no guile.
Nathaneel sayeth vnto him, Whence knowest thou me? Iesus answered, and said vnto him, Before that Philip called thee, when thou wast vnder the figge tree, I saw thee.
Nathaneel answered, and saith vnto him, Rabbi, thou art the Sonne of God, thou art the king of Israel.
Iesus answered, and said vnto him, Because I said vnto thee, I saw thee vnder the figge tree, beleeuest thou? thou shalt see greater things then these.
And hee saith vnto him, Uerily, verily I say vnto you, heereafter yee shall see heauen open, and the Angels of God ascending, and descending vpon the sonne of man.
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Dorothy Ogburn's John Chapter 1 comment on 4/08/2014, 9:02am...
I believe that John was preparing the people of Jesus ' presence here on earth. He also wanted them to know that he was not Jesus but a witness of the true and living God.
SALILO WARD's John Chapter 1 comment on 4/07/2014, 2:06pm...
I believe John talked from his experience of what kind of person Jesus was. He believed Jesus was the true son of God Whom was with the Father since the beginning because He saw the attributes and righteousness of God during His time on earth. He knew in his heart Jesus was truly the Messiah, the Word from God 's mouth to prophet Isaiah 53 and others about the coming Messiah who would save Israel.He knew this because He had a good relationship and got to live and follow Him, witnessing nothing but righteousness in Jesus ' life. God 's Word from His mouth turned flesh.
Bartholomew C.I's John Chapter 1 comment about verse 5 on 4/03/2014, 2:19am...
God is the only true light. He must be preached as the light in the world at large.
James Barakaat's John Chapter 1 comment on 4/02/2014, 5:40pm...
John 1 1. In the beginning was the Word Idea , and the Word was with God Law , and the Word was God Manifestation or Form . Consider Idea from the Mind of God, the Law of God, and the Manifestation of God. This is the ancient teaching before the Bible that relates to the principle of creation and it applies to us all. Idea from the Mind of God, operates in the Law of God, to manifest the Form of God. A simple example In an apple seed is God 's Idea of an apple plant the seed and the Law operates on the seed the Manifestation is a tree with plenty of apples with plenty of seeds. When man thinks he uses the same principle as the image of God to create his world of affairs As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he .
Jaydamccoy's John Chapter 1 comment on 3/27/2014, 7:38pm...
I THINK THAT IT IS GREAT BECAUSE YOU Can LEARN ALOT FROM IT.
Benoit's John Chapter 1 comment on 3/26/2014, 6:40am...
Jesus Christ from the beginning was with God.
Amir Dewani's John Chapter 1 comment about verse 5 on 3/25/2014, 9:06pm...
In God we trust. Light is truth, and truth is God.
Kalisha's John Chapter 1 comment on 3/23/2014, 11:35am...
I think that the word was with God in the beginning God is the word and the light is God The light of men is God and when men walk with the light they are actually walking with God God is our light Life We speak life with the word of God that lives with us
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