John 1:1

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations for John 1:1

In the beginning was the Word, & the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
- American Standard Version (1901)

From the first he was the Word, and the Word was in relation with God and was God.
- Basic English Bible

In [the] beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
- Darby Bible

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
- Webster's Bible

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
- Weymouth Bible

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
- World English Bible

In the bigynnyng was the word, and the word was at God, and God was the word.
- Wycliffe Bible

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible Commentary for John 1:1

Wesley's Notes for John 1:1

1:1 In the beginning - (Referring to #Gen 1:1|, and Prov 8:23.) When all things began to be made by the Word: in the beginning of heaven and earth, and this whole frame of created beings, the Word existed, without any beginning. He was when all things began to be, whatsoever had a beginning. The Word - So termed #Psa 33:6|, and frequently by the seventy, and in the Chaldee paraphrase. So that St. John did not borrow this expression from Philo, or any heathen writer. He was not yet named Jesus, or Christ. He is the Word whom the Father begat or spoke from eternity; by whom the Father speaking, maketh all things; who speaketh the Father to us. We have, in #John 1:18|, both a real description of the Word, and the reason why he is so called. He is the only begotten Son of the Father, who is in the bosom of the Father, and hath declared him. And the Word was with God - Therefore distinct from God the Father. The word rendered with, denotes a perpetual tendency as it were of the Son to the Father, in unity of essence. He was with God alone; because nothing beside God had then any being. And the Word was God - Supreme, eternal, independent. There was no creature, in respect of which he could be styled God in a relative sense. Therefore he is styled so in the absolute sense. The Godhead of the Messiah being clearly revealed in the Old Testament, (#Jer 23:7|; Hos 1:6; #Psa 23:1|,) the other evangelists aim at this, to prove that Jesus, a true man, was the Messiah. But when, at length, some from hence began to doubt of his Godhead, then St. John expressly asserted it, and wrote in this book as it were a supplement to the Gospels, as in the Revelation to the prophets.

People's Bible Notes for John 1:1

Joh 1:1-3 The Beginning of Christ's Ministry SUMMARY OF JOHN 1: The Word Made Flesh. The Witness of John. John's Disciples Pointed to Christ. The Lord Calls His First Disciples. An Israelite Indeed. In the beginning was the Word, etc. The first fourteen verses are introductory. In order to set at rest all controversy the Divine nature of Jesus, John glances, in the first three verses, back to the "beginning", recorded in Genesis, and affirms: (1) That he who was afterwards manifest as the Christ existed before creation began; (2) that he was present with God; (3) that he was divine; (4) that he was the Word; (5) that by or through him were all things made that were made (Joh 1:3). The first chapter of Genesis helps us to understand its meaning. God said, "Let there be light" (Ge 1:3), "Let there be a firmament" (Ge 1:6), "Let the earth bring forth" (Ge 1:11), etc., and it was done. God exhibits his creative power through the Word, and manifests his will through the Word. There are mysteries belonging to the divine nature and to the relation between the Son and the Father that we have to wait for eternity to solve. They are too deep for human solution, but this is clear: that God creates and speaks to man through the Word. As we clothe "our" thoughts in words, so God reveals his will by the Word, and when the Word is clothed in flesh, as the Teacher of men, we recognize it as Jesus Christ.

Discussion for John 1:1

  • Donna Mullinax on John 1:1
    Where could I find verse by verse commentary on John 1; 15-28 free? Thank you.
  • Chris - in Reply on John 1:1
    Donna, there are some very good commentaries out there, both by the printed page & the Web. I would suggest using the Web, as you can get a number of commentaries to refer to, plus other tools (such as Lexicons, Interlinear, etc.) to help you in the study of the Word. The one I would suggest is: Bible Hub. The Site might be a little difficult to properly navigate initially because of its many features, but there are numerous commentators/expositors who have shared much light on the Word. And it's free.
  • JENY HODGES on John 1:1
    I am thankful for I can use freely to post the Bible verse on the twitter.
  • Rod - in Reply on John 1:1
    1 John 5:7

    "For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one."
  • Alex on John 1:1
    Comments about John 1 v 12 KJV . This v 12 is trying to tell us something in the spirit."Even them that believe on his Name " like in Namesake a grandson ( Gods GRANSONS which are spirits )Who is he speaking of not BORN of BLOOD, nor of the will of MAN , nor of the will of FLESH ( CARNALLALITY SATANS SEAT ) He is not speaking of US, this is about the Namesake the H.G. THAT HAS TO BE BORN in us SINNERS, Its the H.G that comes in his NAME,Jesus said the Father wd send the H.G in MY NAME via his seed the WORD. Several times Jesus said blessed is he that comes in the NAME of the LORD THATS THE H.G. that comes in his Name. Its the H.G. that is not born of flesh nor blood , nor of the will of man. he is not a flesh and blood being but a spritual being that has to be born in US. Its the H.G. that can only be born by the will of God,not by the WILL OF ANY MAN BUT ONLY BY THE WILL OF GOD. As Jesus said that which is born of the spirit is spirit thats the H.G. The only way we can become the Sons of God is by the BIRTH OF CHRIST IN US SINNERS WHICH IS THE BIRTH OF THE H.G. THAT WHICH IS BORN OF THE SPIRIT IS SPIRIT. When John mentions NAME that rings a bell .Jesus said the FATHER ( the one who sows that good seed jesus ) will send the H.G IN MY NAME.Even in the natural we all know that whosoever sows the seed is the father of the child his Name (sake) the H.G. Thats y he came, to make mankind righteous via a good seed the word the contents of the new covenant, That Book . I will know them ALL from the least to the greatest and i will put my WORDS IN THE HEARTS AND MINDS ETC.Being bornagain of an incorruptible seed etc even by the Words of God.The blood is also the Word as Jesus was the WORD MADE FLESH AND BLOOD,Thats y he says you are made clean by the Word i have spoken unto you.When he said Blessed are them that come in the name of the lord thats them that have the H.G. his name sake the gransons,the children of Promise.Whosever receives one such Child in my NAME receives Me
  • Haven jackson on John 1:1
    God is great
  • Joel on John 1:1
    Your word is you, we can only know you by your word, God is God because He is the God of His word, He said Heaven and earth will pass away but none of His word will go without fulfillment. His is what make Him the God. I honour my word more than my name..............
  • AMEN JAY on John 1:1
  • Bright on John 1:1
    Jesus is God himself! Revelation 1 vs 8. john was written what Jesus was speaking through the spirirt, he says I am the Alpha and the Omega, the begining and the end says the lord , the God that was, and is n which is to come the Almighty!!! The word came down with the name jesus, bcos every in this world must a name... Remeber wot was written in phil 2v9, the word came wit a name n dat name was exalted above all. The bible also say at the end i will write a new name on their head they will b my people and i will b their God. U cannot separate a man and the word from is mouth, so u can not separate God 's word from him becos it is the word that makes him God! So jesus is God
  • Nghashi on John 1:1
    In the beginning was the word,the word was with the Almighty God, the word was made God by the Almighty 's decision or ' ' good pleasure ' ' Colossian 1:19. God-the Almighty has subjected all things under Christ excepting Himself. 1Corinthians 15 : 27-28.Jesus shall hand over to God in the end so that He the Almighty should be God ' ' all and all ' '. 1Corinthians 15:28.


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