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John 1

The Deity of Jesus Christ

1In the beginning [before all time] was the Word ([a]Christ), and the Word was with God, and [b]the Word was God Himself. He was [continually existing] in the beginning [co-eternally] with God. All things were made and came into existence through Him; and without Him not even one thing was made that has come into being. In Him was life [and the power to bestow life], and the life was the Light of men. The Light shines on in the [c]darkness, and the darkness did not understand it or overpower it or appropriate it or absorb it [and is unreceptive to it].

The Witness of John the Baptist

There came a man commissioned and sent from God, whose name was [d]John. This man came as a witness, to testify about the Light, so that all might believe [in Christ, the Light] through him. John was not the Light, but came to testify about the Light.

There it was—the true Light [the genuine, perfect, steadfast Light] which, coming into the world, enlightens everyone. 10 He (Christ) was in the world, and though the world was made through Him, the world did not recognize Him. 11 He came to that which was His own [that which belonged to Him—His world, His creation, His possession], and those who were His own [people—the Jewish nation] did not receive and welcome Him. 12 But to as many as did receive and welcome Him, He gave the right [the authority, the privilege] to become children of God, that is, to those who believe in (adhere to, trust in, and rely on) His name— 13 who were born, not of blood [natural conception], nor of the will of the flesh [physical impulse], nor of the will of man [that of a natural father], but of God [that is, a divine and supernatural birth—they are born of God—spiritually transformed, renewed, sanctified].

The Word Made Flesh

14 And the Word (Christ) became flesh, and lived among us; and we [actually] saw His glory, glory as belongs to the [One and] only begotten Son of the Father, [the Son who is truly unique, the only One of His kind, who is] full of grace and truth (absolutely free of deception). 15 John testified [repeatedly] about Him and [e]has cried out [testifying officially for the record, with validity and relevance], “This was He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me [f]has a higher rank than I and has priority over me, for He existed before me.’” 16 For out of His fullness [the superabundance of His grace and truth] we have all received grace upon grace [spiritual blessing upon spiritual blessing, favor upon favor, and gift heaped upon gift]. 17 For the Law was given through Moses, but grace [the unearned, undeserved favor of God] and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has seen God [His essence, His divine nature] at any time; the [One and] only begotten God [that is, the unique Son] who is in the intimate presence of the Father, He has explained Him [and interpreted and revealed the awesome wonder of the Father].

The Testimony of John

19 This is the testimony of John [the Baptist] when the Jews sent priests and Levites to him from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” 20 And he confessed [truthfully] and did not deny [that he was only a man], but acknowledged, “I am not the Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed)!” 21 They asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?” And he said, “I am not.” “Are you the [promised] Prophet?” And he answered, “No.” 22 Then they said to him, “Who are you? Tell us, so that we may give an answer to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?” 23 He said, “I am the voice of one shouting in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord,’ as the prophet Isaiah said.”

24 Now they had been sent from the Pharisees. 25 They asked him, “Why then are you baptizing, if you are not the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?” 26 John answered them, “I baptize [only] [g]in water, but among you there stands One whom you do not recognize and of whom you know nothing. 27 It is He [the preeminent One] who comes after me, the [h]strap of whose sandal I am not worthy to untie [even as His slave].” 28 These things occurred in Bethany across the Jordan [at the Jordan River crossing], where John was baptizing.

29 The next day he saw Jesus coming to him and said, “Look! The Lamb of God [i]who takes away the sin of the world! 30 This is He on behalf of whom I said, ‘After me comes a Man who has a higher rank than I and has priority over me, for He existed before me.’ 31 [j]I did not recognize Him [as the Messiah]; but I came baptizing [k]in water so that He would be [publicly] revealed to Israel.” 32 John gave [further] evidence [testifying officially for the record, with validity and relevance], saying, “I have seen the [l]Spirit descending as a dove out of heaven, and He remained upon Him. 33 I did not recognize Him [as the Messiah], but He who sent me to baptize [m]in water said to me, ‘He upon whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, this One is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ 34 I myself have [actually] seen [that happen], and my testimony is that this is the Son of God!”

Jesus’ Public Ministry, First Converts

35 Again the next day John was standing with two of his disciples, 36 and he looked at Jesus as He walked along, and said, “Look! The Lamb of God!” 37 The two disciples heard him say this, and they [n]followed Jesus. 38 And Jesus turned and saw them following Him, and asked them, “What do you want?” They answered Him, “Rabbi (which translated means Teacher), where are You staying?” 39 He said to them, “Come, and you will see.” So they went [with Him] and saw where He was staying; and they stayed with Him that day, for it was about the [o]tenth hour. 40 One of the two who heard what John said and [as a result] followed Jesus was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. 41 He first looked for and found his own brother Simon and told him, “We have found the [p]Messiah” (which translated means the Christ). 42 Andrew brought Simon to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon the son of John. You shall be called Cephas (which is translated [q]Peter).”

43 The next day Jesus decided to go into Galilee, and He found Philip and said to him, “Follow Me [as My disciple, accepting Me as your Master and Teacher, and walking the same path of life that I walk].” 44 Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 45 Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the One Moses in the Law and also the Prophets wrote about—Jesus from Nazareth, the son of Joseph [according to public record].” 46 Nathanael answered him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip replied, “Come and see.” 47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward Him, and said of him, “Here is an Israelite indeed [a true descendant of Jacob], in whom there is no guile nor deceit nor duplicity!” 48 Nathanael said to Jesus, “How do You know [these things about] me?” Jesus answered, “Before Philip called you, when you were still under the fig tree, I saw you.” 49 Nathanael answered, “Rabbi (Teacher), You are the Son of God; You are the King of Israel.” 50 Jesus replied, “Because I said to you that I saw you under the fig tree, do you believe [in Me]? You will see greater things than this.” 51 Then He said to him, “I assure you and most solemnly say to you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man [the bridge between heaven and earth].”

Notas al pie

  1. John 1:1 In John the Apostle’s vision (Rev 19), he sees Christ returning as Warrior-Messiah-King, and “...His name is called The Word of God...and LORD OF LORDS.” (Rev 19:13, 16).
  2. John 1:1 In this phrase, “God” appears first in the Greek word order, emphasizing the fact that “the Word” (Christ) was God—so “God Himself.”
  3. John 1:5 I.e. the world immersed in sin: all that stands in opposition to God and biblical truth.
  4. John 1:6 The births of both John the Baptist and Jesus were foretold by the angel, Gabriel (Luke 1:5-80). This passage is about John the Baptist, the son of Zacharias the priest and his wife, Elizabeth. Elizabeth was related to Mary the mother of Jesus (Luke 1:36). John the Baptist is considered to be the last of the OT prophets, and is not to be confused with John the Apostle who wrote this Gospel, three brief letters (1 John, 2 John, 3 John) and Revelation.
  5. John 1:15 Here John the writer uses the Greek perfect tense (“has cried out”), emphasizing the truth and continuing importance of John the Baptist’s testimony.
  6. John 1:15 Lit has become before (in front of) me, because He was first of me. The Greek is difficult because John the Baptist was making a word-play on the adverbs/adjective “after” (or “behind”), “before,” and “first.” The playful wording assumes the form of a riddle which, like some of Jesus’ parables, conceals the speaker’s meaning from those who are hostile toward him and have neither the patience nor the spiritual inclination to learn from him.
  7. John 1:26 The Greek here can be translated in, with or by.
  8. John 1:27 During this era it was customary for a household servant to remove a guest’s sandals and wash the dust from his feet. John is saying that he is not worthy even to remove Christ’s sandal, let alone to touch His feet.
  9. John 1:29 John is referring to the fulfillment of the need for the OT Passover lambs which was now fulfilled in Christ’s sacrifice, the ultimate and final sacrifice for sins.
  10. John 1:31 John the Baptist and Jesus were related through their mothers, Elizabeth and Mary, but He was unknown as the Messiah until God revealed it to John at the beginning of Jesus’ ministry.
  11. John 1:31 The Greek here can be translated in, with or by.
  12. John 1:32 The descent of the Holy Spirit identified Jesus in His humanity for His ministry as the Messiah.
  13. John 1:33 The Greek here can be translated in, with or by.
  14. John 1:37 The concept of “follow” can represent three separate possibilities: in the early stages of His ministry (1) walking with Him physically (literally), that is merely being in His presence regardless of personal belief or commitment; (2) accepting and identifying with the salvation He offered; and later on (3) being identified with Him by being subject to the scorn and rejection of unbelievers because of personal belief and commitment to Him.
  15. John 1:39 The Romans reckoned time from midnight, so in Roman time the tenth hour would be 10:00 a.m. The Jews reckoned daytime from sunrise (about 6:00 a.m.), so in their system the tenth hour would be 4:00 p.m. Here, either time is possible, though the Roman reckoning may be more likely because if it were 4:00 p.m. the disciples might have felt compelled to go home before evening set in.
  16. John 1:41 The words “Messiah” and “Christ” are not personal names, but titles derived respectively from Hebrew and Greek verbs meaning “to anoint.”
  17. John 1:42 I.e. rock or stone in Greek.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

約翰福音 1


1太初,道已經存在,道與上帝同在,道就是上帝。 太初,道就與上帝同在。 萬物都是藉著祂造的[a],受造之物沒有一樣不是藉著祂造的。 祂裡面有生命,這生命是人類的光。 光照進黑暗裡,黑暗不能勝過[b]光。

有一個人名叫約翰,是上帝差來的。 他來是要為光做見證,叫世人可以藉著他而相信。 約翰不是那光,他來是為那光做見證。 那照亮世人的真光來到了世上。 10 祂來到自己所創造的世界,世界卻不認識祂。 11 祂來到自己的地方,自己的人卻不接納祂。 12 但所有接納祂的,就是那些信祂的人,祂就賜給他們權利成為上帝的兒女。 13 這些人既不是從人的血緣關係生的,也不是從人的情慾或意願生的,而是從上帝生的。

14 道成為肉身,住在我們中間,充滿了恩典和真理。我們見過祂的榮耀,正是父獨一兒子的榮耀。

15 約翰為祂做見證的時候,高聲喊道:「這就是我以前所說的那位,『祂在我以後來卻比我位分高,因為祂在我之前已經存在了。』」 16 從祂的豐盛裡,我們一次又一次地領受了恩典。 17 因為律法是藉著摩西頒佈的,恩典和真理是藉著耶穌基督賜下來的。 18 從來沒有人見過上帝,只有父懷中的獨一上帝[c]把祂顯明出來。


19 以下是約翰的見證。猶太人從耶路撒冷派祭司和利未人來找約翰,查問他是誰。 20 約翰毫不隱瞞地說:「我不是基督。」

21 他們問:「那麼,你是誰?是以利亞嗎?」




22 他們又追問:「你到底是誰?我們好回覆差我們來的人。你自己說你是誰?」

23 他說:「我就是在曠野大聲呼喊『修直主的路』的那個人,正如以賽亞先知所言。」

24 派來的人當中有幾個法利賽人[d],他們問他: 25 「你既然不是基督,不是以利亞,也不是那位先知,那你為什麼給人施洗呢?」

26 約翰答道:「我是用水施洗,但在你們中間有一位你們不認識的, 27 祂雖然是在我以後來的,我就是給祂解鞋帶也不配。」 28 這事發生在約旦河東岸的伯大尼,那裡是約翰給人施洗的地方。


29 次日,約翰看見耶穌走過來,就說:「看啊!上帝的羔羊,除去世人罪惡的! 30 這就是我以前所說的那位,『有一個人在我以後來卻比我位分高,因為祂在我之前已經存在了。』 31 我以前並不認識祂,現在我用水給人施洗,是要把祂顯明給以色列人。」

32 約翰又做見證說:「我看見聖靈好像鴿子一樣從天降下,住在祂身上。 33 我本來不認識祂,但那位差我來用水給人施洗的告訴我,『你看見聖靈降下,住在誰身上,誰就是用聖靈給人施洗的。』 34 我看見了,便做見證,祂就是上帝的兒子。」


35 再次日,約翰和兩個門徒站在那裡, 36 他看見耶穌經過,就說:「看啊!這是上帝的羔羊!」 37 兩個門徒聽見他的話,便跟從了耶穌。 38 耶穌轉過身來,看見他們跟著,便問:「你們想要什麼?」


39 耶穌說:「你們來看吧。」他們便跟著去看耶穌住的地方。到了那裡大約下午四點了,他們就住在耶穌那裡。 40 聽見約翰的話後跟從耶穌的兩個人中,有一個是西門·彼得的弟弟安得烈。 41 他首先去找他哥哥西門,說:「我們找到彌賽亞了!」彌賽亞的意思是基督[f] 42 他帶著西門去見耶穌。


43 又過了一天,耶穌決定去加利利。祂遇見了腓力,就對他說:「跟從我!」 44 腓力是伯賽大人,與彼得、安得烈是同鄉。 45 腓力去找拿但業,對他說:「我們遇見了摩西律法書和先知書記載的那位!祂是約瑟的兒子耶穌,從拿撒勒來的。」

46 拿但業說:「拿撒勒還會出什麼好東西?」


47 耶穌看見拿但業走過來,就指著他說:「看啊,這是個真正的以色列人!他心裡毫無詭詐。」

48 拿但業問耶穌:「你怎麼會認識我?」


49 拿但業說:「老師,你是上帝的兒子!你是以色列的王!」

50 耶穌說:「我說看見你在無花果樹下,你就信我嗎?將來你還要看見比這更大的事。 51 我實實在在地告訴你們,你們會看見天門敞開,上帝的天使以人子[g]為梯上上下下。」

Notas al pie

  1. 1·3 造的」或譯「存在」。
  2. 1·5 勝過」或譯「接受」或「明白」。
  3. 1·18 獨一上帝」有古卷作「獨一兒子」。
  4. 1·24 派來的人當中有幾個法利賽人」或譯「法利賽人派來的那幾個人」。
  5. 1·38 老師」希臘文是「拉比」,特指猶太教的老師,下同。
  6. 1·41 希伯來文的「彌賽亞」和希臘文的「基督」都是「受膏者」的意思。
  7. 1·51 人子」是耶穌的自稱,耶穌在這裡自比天梯,背景請參見創世記28·12