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

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

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

  • George C
    John 1:18 Says that no man has seen God only the Son. This seems to state that not even Moses saw God. Moses may have been speaking to Jesus The Word mediator, the real voice of Jehovah . He is the only begotten Son of God. And according to John 1:3 He Jesus created all things. Isaiah 9:6 Jesus is the everlasting Father. Only Jesus Christ and Jehovah Holly Spirit the share the same essence.
  • Luigi
    4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD JEHOVAH' our God is one LORD: GOD is not a trinity. The Bible never mentions that word. That men may know that thou, whose name alone is JEHOVAH, art the most high over all the earth. 6 That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the LORD, and there is none else. Isaiah 45 6
  • A disciple
    Thank you Rene! It seems very terrible to me how with the times so bad, and the end of all things being literally "at hand;" that so many still set themselves to defiantly oppose and contradict, and carry on as if they weren't about to stand before the Judge! "Then truly by there fruits you shall know them." Let us all the more hold fast to Jesus and His Words and wholly follow Him no matter what!
  • Rene Crispin
    I agree so much with your comments faith by works
  • A disciple
    We are saved from our sins by the death burial and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ; and made clean by the Word which He has spoken to us. There is no salvation in any other; for there is no other name given among men whereby we must be saved. BUT, NOT EVERYONE WHO SAYS TO ME, LORD, LORD, SHALL ENTER INTO THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN; BUT HE THAT DOES THE WILL OF MY FATHER! Faith is known by works!
  • Mild Bill
    A disciple, To enter heaven by your own work is not of grace.Jesus did not simply make a down payment and you installments.You err in soteriology.You work, and so God owes you,or so you believe. Sadly I think of you and the multitudes working their way to heaven,misguided in pride. This format is not for personal discussion,henceforth,I will no longer respond to your messages.