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 1:1

  • Trinity adwoa kwofie for verse 1
    it is Jesus, who brings all that God say's into reality.
  • 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 for verse 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.
  • This is John ' account about Jesus so it stands to reason this opening verse is about Him. There are two important doctrines introduced here. The first one is the eternality of God and the second is the diety of Jesus Christ. Let 's explore the first. "In the beginning ". Scripture teaches that God had no beginning. Verses like Psa. 41:13, Psa. 90, 1-4 Psa. 93:2, Isa 43:13, and my favorite is speaking of Jesus Heb, 1:8. In the beginning simply means before time and space and all created things. This is a hard thing to wrap your brain around for sure., but just because we can 't understand a thing does not negate that truth. Next phrase we will deal with is "was the Word. Notice the W in Word is capitalized, speaking of a person. We see as we look ahead in John 1:14 that that person is Jesus Christ as He is made flesh. The next phrase "and the Word was with God: Now we are looking at the eternality of the Word. The Word existed before time and creation. The next phrase "the Word was God ". This brings the second of the important doctrines, the diety of Jesus. Our entire Christian belief system hinges on this doctrine. His very purpose here was to be a sacrifice for the sins of mankind and that sacrifice had to be equal to God in holiness. Jesus is the only one who it is said is without sin or blemish.
  • Alfred James for verse 1
    John tells us that what ever we have or enjoying without god it wouldn 't have been possible.
  • Not a Greek expert but the Holy Spirit helps me understand this verse. In the beginning was means just that the Word already existed. This is proved by verse 14 that says "the Word was made flesh. The only thing you can reasonably conclude the the Word was Jesus pre flesh.