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.

Korean Living Bible

요한복음 1:1-51

그리스도는 하나님이심

11:1 원문에는 ‘태초 에 말씀이 계시니라’우주가 존재하기 전에 말씀 되시는 그리스도가 계셨다. 그분은 하나님과 함께 계셨으며 바로 그분이 하나님이셨다.

2그리스도는 맨 처음부터 하나님과 함께 계셨고

3모든 것은 그분을 통해서 창조되었으며 그분 없이 만들어진 것은 아무것도 없다.

4그리스도 안에 생명이 있었으니 이 생명은 인류의 빛이었다.

5이 빛이 어두움 속에서 빛나고 있었으나 어두움이 이 빛을 1:5 또는 ‘이기지 못하였다’깨닫지 못하였다.

6하나님이 보내신 요한이라는 사람이 있었다.

7그는 이 빛에 대해서 증거하여 사람들이 자기를 통해 믿도록 하기 위해서 왔다.

8그는 빛이 아니었으며 다만 이 빛에 대하여 증거하러 온 것뿐이었다.

9세상에 와서 모든 사람을 비추는 참 빛이 있었다.

10그분이 세상에 계셨고 세상은 그분을 통해서 만들어졌는데도 세상이 그분을 알지 못했으며

11자기 땅에 오셨으나 자기 백성들까지도 그분을 영접하지 않았다.

12그러나 그분은 자기를 영접하고 믿는 사람들에게는 하나님의 자녀가 되는 특권을 주셨다.

13이 사람들이 하나님의 자녀가 된 것은 핏줄이나 육체적 욕망이나 사람의 뜻으로 된 것이 아니라 하나님의 뜻에 의해서 된 것이다.

141:14 원문에는 ‘말씀이 육신이 되어’말씀 되시는 그리스도께서 사람이 되어 우리 가운데 사셨다. 우리가 그분의 영광을 보니 하나님 아버지의 외아들의 영광이었고 은혜와 진리가 충만하였다.

세례 요한의 증언

15요한은 그분에 대하여 이렇게 외치며 증거하였다. “내가 전에 내 뒤에 오시는 분이 나보다 위대한 것은 그분이 나보다 먼저 계셨기 때문이라고 말했는데 그가 바로 이분이시다.”

16우리는 모두 그분의 넘치는 은혜를 한없이 받았다.

17율법은 모세를 통해 주신 것이지만 은혜와 진리는 예수 그리스도를 통해 왔다.

18지금까지 하나님을 본 사람은 없었다. 그러나 아버지의 품안에 계시는 1:18 또는 ‘독생자’, ‘독생하신 하나님’외아들이 그분을 알리셨다.

19한번은 예루살렘의 유대인들이 요한에게 제사장들과 레위인들을 보내 “당신이 누구요?” 하고 물어 보게 하였다.

20그래서 요한이 조금도 숨기지 않고 “나는 1:20 아람어의 ‘메시아’ 와 같은 말이며 ‘기름 부음을 받은 자’ 라 는뜻이다.그리스도가 아니다” 하고 솔직하게 말하자 그들은 다시 물었다.

21“그러면 당신은 누구요? 엘리야요?” “나는 엘리야가 아니다.” “그럼 1:21 원문에는 ‘그예언자’우리가 기다리는 예언자요?” “나는 예언자도 아니다.”

22“그렇다면 당신은 누구란 말이오? 우리를 보낸 사람들에게 대답할 수 있게 해 주시오. 당신은 자신을 어떻게 생각하시오?”

23“나는 예언자 이사야가 말한 것처럼 1:23 사40:3‘주의 길을 곧게 하라’ 고 광야에서 외치는 자의 소리이다.”

24그때 바리새파 사람들이 보낸 자들이

25요한에게 “당신이 그리스도도 아니고 엘리야도, 예언자도 아니라면 어째서 1:25 또는 ‘침례’세례를 주시오?” 하고 물었다.

26그래서 요한은 그들에게 “나는 너희에게 물로 세례를 주지만 너희 가운데는 너희가 알지 못하는 분이 서 계신다.

27그분은 내 뒤에 오시는 분이시다. 나는 그분의 신발끈을 풀어 드릴 자격도 없다” 하고 대답하였다.

28이것은 요한이 세례를 주던 요단강 건너편 베다니에서 일어난 일이다.

29이튿날 요한은 예수님이 자기에게 나아오시는 것을 보고 이렇게 말하였다. “보라! 세상 죄를 짊어지신 하나님의 어린 양이시다!

30내가 전에 ‘내 뒤에 오시는 분이 계시는데 그분이 나보다 위대한 것은 나보다 먼저 계셨기 때문이다’ 라고 말한 분이 바로 이분이시다.

31나도 이분을 몰랐으나 이분을 이스라엘 백성에게 알리려고 내가 와서 물로 세례를 준다.”

32그러고서 요한은 이렇게 증거하였다. “나는 성령님이 하늘에서 비둘기처럼 내려와 이분 위에 머무시는 것을 보았다.

33나도 전에는 이분을 몰랐다. 그러나 물로 세례를 주라고 나를 보내신 분이 나에게 ‘성령이 내려와서 어떤 사람 위에 머무는 것을 보거든 그가 곧 성령으로 세례를 주실 분인 줄 알아라’ 하고 일러 주셨다.

34그래서 내가 그것을 보고 이분이 하나님의 아들이라고 증거하는 것이다.”

제자들을 선택하심

35이튿날 요한이 그의 두 제자와 함께 서 있다가

36예수님이 지나가시는 것을 보고 “보라! 하나님의 어린 양이시다!” 하였다.

37요한의 말을 듣고 두 제자가 예수님을 따라갔다.

38예수님이 돌아서서 그들이 따라오는 것을 보시고 “무엇을 원하느냐?” 하고 물으시자 그들이 “1:38 헬 ‘랍비’선생님, 어디에 머물고 계십니까?” 하고 되물었다.

39그때 예수님은 “1:39 또는 ‘와 보라’따라오너라. 그러면 알게 될 것이다” 하고 대답하셨다. 그래서 그들은 가서 예수님이 계시는 곳을 보고 그 날 예수님과 함께 머물러 있었는데 때는 오후 1:39 헬 ‘10시쯤’4시쯤이었다.

40요한의 말을 듣고 예수님을 따라간 두 사람 중의 하나는 시몬 베드로의 동생 안드레였다.

41그는 먼저 자기 형 시몬을 찾아가 “형, 우리가 1:41 ‘기름 부음을 받은 자’ 라는 뜻.메시아 (번역하면 그리스도) 를 만났어!” 하고 말한 후에

42그를 데리고 예수님께 갔다. 예수님은 시몬을 보시고 “너는 요한의 아들 시몬이다. 그러나 앞으로는 ‘게바’ (번역하면 베드로) 라고 부르겠다” 하고 말씀하셨다.

43이튿날 예수님은 갈릴리로 가시려다가 빌립을 보시고 “나를 따라오너라” 하고 말씀하셨다.

44빌립은 안드레와 베드로와 같은 동네인 벳새다 사람이었다.

45빌립이 나다나엘을 찾아가서 “모세의 율법책과 예언자들의 예언서에 기록된 분을 우리가 만났는데 그분은 나사렛 사람 요셉의 아들인 예수님이셨어” 하고 말하자

46나다나엘이 빌립에게 “나사렛에서 무슨 훌륭한 인물이 나올 수 있겠느냐?” 하였다. 그래서 빌립은 “와서 보아라” 하고 대답하였다.

47예수님은 나다나엘이 자기에게 오는 것을 보시고 “이 사람이야말로 간사한 것이 없는 진짜 이스라엘 사람이다” 하고 말씀하셨다.

48나다나엘이 “어떻게 저를 아십니까?” 하고 묻자 “빌립이 너를 부르기 전에 네가 무화과나무 아래에 있는 것을 내가 보았다” 하고 예수님이 대답하셨다.

49그때 나다나엘이 “선생님은 정말 하나님의 아들이시며 이스라엘의 왕이십니다” 하고 선언하였다.

50그래서 예수님은 “내가 너를 무화과나무 아래서 보았다고 말한 것 때문에 네가 믿느냐? 너는 이보다 더 큰 일도 볼 것이다” 하시고

51덧붙여서 이렇게 말씀하셨다. “내가 너희에게 분명히 말하지만 하늘이 열리고 하나님의 천사들이 1:51 원문에는 ‘인자’ (사람의아들) 내 위에 오르락내리락하는 것을 너희가 볼 것이다.”