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

  • A disciple
    Steve; John saw the Father sitting on the throne in Revelation; and the Lord Jesus HAS appeared to many through the ages; but it is generally not regarded, not believed, and evil spoken of; so its only known (if at all) in the smaller circles of the true Believers everywhere. If we've actually seen the Lord or audibly heard His voice, we know that it is a most holy thing not meant to glorify self.
  • Alex
    This Jn 1 v 12 n 13 is so Precious, telling us that his Name ( sake ) th H.G. IS NOT BORN OF BLOOD, HE IS NOT A FLESH AND BLOOD BEING, NOR OF THE WILL OF MAN MEANING NOT BY THE SEED OF MAN,BUT BY THE WILL OF GOD MEANING BY THE SEED OF GOD,TH LIVING WORD,TH SEED OF THE SOWER WHICH IS THE SEED OF CHRIST,THIS IS TH ISRAEL OF GOD AS THAT WHICH IS BORN OF THE SPIRIT IS SPIRIT. TH MULTIPLICATION OF GOD
  • Alex
    This Jn 1 v 12 n 13 is so Precious, telling us that his Name ( sake ) th H.G. IS NOT BORN OF BLOOD, HE IS NOT A FLESH AND BLOOD BEING, NOR OF THE WILL OF MAN MEANING NOT BY THE SEED OF MAN,BUT BY THE WILL OF GOD MEANING BY THE SEED OF GOD,TH LIVING WORD,TH SEED OF THE SOWER WHICH IS THE SEED OF CHRIST,THIS IS TH ISRAEL OF GOD AS THAT WHICH IS BORN OF THE SPIRIT IS SPIRIT. TH MULTIPLICATION OF GOD
  • Steve
    No one has ever seen the Father but Jesus. Has anyone out there seen Jesus? In November of 2008 around 5pm, Our Lord Jesus appeared with His heavenly host to me when I was very sick. He did not speak, but smiled to me. In my 69 years of life, the few minutes spent with Him, is the high point of my life. Never really understood why He blessed a sinner like me so wonderfully. Jesus is alive!!
  • Halieus
    This book of John is History in the making for the Gentiles and Jews, so being a Gentile (actually an American of German and Latino Parents) now I am grateful the Lord Jesus Christ died for me that I might live and for anyone who believes in His Word of Life and Light.
  • HERBERT Brown
    John believe and committed to every word of God.