Amplified Bible

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.

Knijga O Kristu

Evanđelje po Ivanu 1

U početku je postojao On koji bijaše Riječ. On je bio s Bogom i bio je Bog.

U početku je bio kod Boga.

Stvorio je sve što postoji. Ne postoji ništa što nije On stvorio.

U njemu bijaše Život i taj je Život svjetlo ljudima.

To svjetlo prodire kroz tamu i tama ga nikada ne može ugasiti.

Bog je poslao Ivana Krstitelja

da svima govori o svjetlu kako bi svatko mogao povjerovati na temelju njegova svjedočanstva.

Sam Ivan nije bio svjetlo; on je bio tek svjedok koji je trebao govoriti o svjetlu.

Onaj koji je istinito svjetlo što prosvjetljuje svakog čovjeka došao je na svijet.

10 Iako je stvorio svijet, kad je došao, svijet ga nije prepoznao.

11 Nisu ga prihvatili ni u njegovoj vlastitoj zemlji, u vlastitom narodu.

12 Ali svima onima koji su povjerovali u njega i prihvatili ga dao je pravo da postanu Božjom djecom jer su se pouzdali u njegovo ime da ih spasi.

13 Svi koji povjeruju u njega ponovno se rađaju, ali ne tjelesnim rođenjem koje dolazi od ljudske strasti ili od čovjekove volje, nego od Boga.

14 Tako je On, koji bijaše Riječ, postao čovjekom i živio je ovdje na zemlji, među nama. Bio je pun milosti i istine. A mi smo vidjeli njegovu slavu, slavu Očeva Sina jedinca.

15 Ivan je za njega svjedočio vičući: 'To je onaj za kojega sam vam govorio: Dolazi za mnom netko mnogo veći od mene jer je postojao davno prije mene.'

16 Svi smo primali od njegove punine, milost za milošću.

17 Mojsije je donio Zakon, dok su po Kristu došle istina i milost.

18 Boga, zapravo, nitko nikad nije vidio osim njegova jedinorođenoga Sina - Boga - jer je on iz Očevih njedara i govorio nam je o Ocu.

Svjedočanstvo Ivana Krstitelja

19 Ovo je Ivanovo svjedočanstvo: židovi poslaše svećenike i njihove pomoćnike iz Jeruzalema da upitaju Ivana tko je on.

20 On je otvoreno priznao: 'Ja nisam Krist.'

21 'A tko si onda?' pitali su ga. 'Jesi li Ilija?''Nisam

22 'Pa tko si onda? Reci nam da možemo odgovoriti onima koji su nas poslali. Što imaš reći o sebi?'

23 On im odgovori:
    'Ja sam glas koji viče iz gole pustinje:
    "Pripravite se za dolazak Gospodnji!' kako je prorokovao Izaija.'

24 Izaslanici bijahu farizeji.

25 Upitaju ga: 'Ako nisi Krist, ni Ilija, ni Prorok, odakle ti pravo da krstiš?'

26 'Ja krstim samo vodom

27 On će uskoro započeti svoju službu među vama, a ja mu nisam dostojan ni robom biti.'[a]

28 To se dogodilo u Betaniji, s one strane Jordana na kojoj je Ivan krstio narod.

Isus, Jaganjac Božji

29 Sutradan Ivan ugleda Isusa kako mu prilazi, pa reče: 'Pogledajte! Evo Jaganjca Božjega koji odnosi grijeh svijeta!

30 Ovo je taj za kojega sam rekao: "Uskoro dolazi čovjek koji je mnogo veći od mene jer je postojao i prije mene.'

31 Nisam znao da je on taj, ali ovdje sam i krstim vodom zato da bih ga objavio izraelskom narodu.'

32 Zatim Ivan posvjedoči: 'Vidio sam Svetog Duha gdje silazi u obliku goluba i ostaje na njemu.

33 Nisam znao da je on taj

34 Vidio sam da se to dogodilo ovomu čovjeku i zato svjedočim da je on Božji Sin.'[b]

Prvi učenici

35 Sutradan je Ivan stajao s dvojicom svojih učenika,

36 a Isus je onuda prolazio. Ivan ga ugleda i reče: 'Pogledajte! Evo Jaganjca Božjega!'

37 Kad su to čula dvojica njegovih učenika, okrenu se i pođu za Isusom.

38 Isus se okrene i spazi ih kako ga slijede. 'Što hoćete?' upita ih.'Rabbi (to znači: Učitelju), gdje stanuješ?' odgovore oni pitanjem.

39 'Dođite i vidjet ćete

40 Jedan od dvojice koji su čuli što je Ivan rekao i pošli za Isusom bio je Andrija, brat Šimuna Petra.

41 Andrija najprije ode potražiti brata i kaza mu: 'Našli smo Mesiju (to znači: Krista)!'

42 I dovede Petra da upozna Isusa. Isus ga pomnjivo pogleda i reče mu: 'Ti si Šimun, Ivanov sin, ali zvat ćeš se Kefa (to znači: Petar[c])!'

43 Sutradan Isus odluči poći u Galileju. Susretne Filipa i reče mu: 'Pođi za mnom!'

44 Filip bijaše iz Betsaide, iz Petrova i Andrijina rodnoga grada.

45 Filip pak potraži Natanaela i reče mu: 'Našli smo Mesiju, onoga o kojemu su pisali Mojsije i Proroci. To je Isus, Josipov sin, iz Nazareta.'

46 'Iz Nazareta!' poviče Natanael. 'Može li odande doći što dobro?' 'Samo dođi i uvjeri se

47 Dok su se približavali, Isus ga ugleda i reče: 'Evo poštenoga čovjeka, pravog Izraelca.'

48 'Otkud znaš kakav sam?' upita Natanael.Isus mu odgovori: 'Vidio sam te pod smokvom prije nego te je Filip našao.'

49 Nato mu Natanael odgovori: 'Učitelju, ti si Božji Sin! Ti si kralj Izraela!'

50 'Zar vjeruješ samo zato što sam ti rekao da sam te vidio pod smokvom?' upita Isus. 'Vidjet ćeš i više od toga.

51 Gledat ćete, zaista vam kažem, kako se otvara nebo i kako anđeli Božji uzlaze i silaze nad Sinom Čovječjim.'[d]

Notas al pie

  1. Evanđelje po Ivanu 1:27 U grčkome: odvezati sandale.
  2. Evanđelje po Ivanu 1:34 U nekim rukopisima: Božji izabranik.
  3. Evanđelje po Ivanu 1:42 Stijena
  4. Evanđelje po Ivanu 1:51 Vidjeti Postanak 28:10-17.