Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

约翰福音 1

生命之道

1太初,道已经存在,道与上帝同在,道就是上帝。 太初,道就与上帝同在。 万物都是借着祂造的[a],受造之物没有一样不是借着祂造的。 祂里面有生命,这生命是人类的光。 光照进黑暗里,黑暗不能胜过[b]光。

有一个人名叫约翰,是上帝差来的。 他来是要为光做见证,叫世人可以借着他而相信。 约翰不是那光,他来是为那光做见证。 那照亮世人的真光来到了世上。 10 祂来到自己所创造的世界,世界却不认识祂。 11 祂来到自己的地方,自己的人却不接纳祂。 12 但所有接纳祂的,就是那些信祂的人,祂就赐给他们权利成为上帝的儿女。 13 这些人既不是从人的血缘关系生的,也不是从人的情欲或意愿生的,而是从上帝生的。

14 道成为肉身,住在我们中间,充满了恩典和真理。我们见过祂的荣耀,正是父独一儿子的荣耀。

15 约翰为祂做见证的时候,高声喊道:“这就是我以前所说的那位,‘祂在我以后来却比我位分高,因为祂在我之前已经存在了。’” 16 从祂的丰盛里,我们一次又一次地领受了恩典。 17 因为律法是借着摩西颁布的,恩典和真理是借着耶稣基督赐下来的。 18 从来没有人见过上帝,只有父怀中的独一上帝[c]把祂显明出来。

施洗者约翰的见证

19 以下是约翰的见证。犹太人从耶路撒冷派祭司和利未人来找约翰,查问他是谁。 20 约翰毫不隐瞒地说:“我不是基督。”

21 他们问:“那么,你是谁?是以利亚吗?”

他说:“不是。”

他们又问:“你是那位先知吗?”

他说:“也不是。”

22 他们又追问:“你到底是谁?我们好回复差我们来的人。你自己说你是谁?”

23 他说:“我就是在旷野大声呼喊‘修直主的路’的那个人,正如以赛亚先知所言。”

24 派来的人当中有几个法利赛人[d],他们问他: 25 “你既然不是基督,不是以利亚,也不是那位先知,那你为什么给人施洗呢?”

26 约翰答道:“我是用水施洗,但在你们中间有一位你们不认识的, 27 祂虽然是在我以后来的,我就是给祂解鞋带也不配。” 28 这事发生在约旦河东岸的伯大尼,那里是约翰给人施洗的地方。

上帝的羔羊

29 次日,约翰看见耶稣走过来,就说:“看啊!上帝的羔羊,除去世人罪恶的! 30 这就是我以前所说的那位,‘有一个人在我以后来却比我位分高,因为祂在我之前已经存在了。’ 31 我以前并不认识祂,现在我用水给人施洗,是要把祂显明给以色列人。”

32 约翰又做见证说:“我看见圣灵好像鸽子一样从天降下,住在祂身上。 33 我本来不认识祂,但那位差我来用水给人施洗的告诉我,‘你看见圣灵降下,住在谁身上,谁就是用圣灵给人施洗的。’ 34 我看见了,便做见证,祂就是上帝的儿子。”

第一批门徒

35 再次日,约翰和两个门徒站在那里, 36 他看见耶稣经过,就说:“看啊!这是上帝的羔羊!” 37 两个门徒听见他的话,便跟从了耶稣。 38 耶稣转过身来,看见他们跟着,便问:“你们想要什么?”

他们说:“老师[e],你住在哪里?”

39 耶稣说:“你们来看吧。”他们便跟着去看耶稣住的地方。到了那里大约下午四点了,他们就住在耶稣那里。 40 听见约翰的话后跟从耶稣的两个人中,有一个是西门·彼得的弟弟安得烈。 41 他首先去找他哥哥西门,说:“我们找到弥赛亚了!”弥赛亚的意思是基督[f] 42 他带着西门去见耶稣。

耶稣看着西门,对他说:“约翰的儿子西门,你要改名为矶法。”矶法的意思是彼得。

43 又过了一天,耶稣决定去加利利。祂遇见了腓力,就对他说:“跟从我!” 44 腓力是伯赛大人,与彼得、安得烈是同乡。 45 腓力去找拿但业,对他说:“我们遇见了摩西律法书和先知书记载的那位!祂是约瑟的儿子耶稣,从拿撒勒来的。”

46 拿但业说:“拿撒勒还会出什么好东西?”

腓力说:“你来看看吧!”

47 耶稣看见拿但业走过来,就指着他说:“看啊,这是个真正的以色列人!他心里毫无诡诈。”

48 拿但业问耶稣:“你怎么会认识我?”

耶稣答道:“腓力还没有去找你之前,我就看见你在无花果树下了。”

49 拿但业说:“老师,你是上帝的儿子!你是以色列的王!”

50 耶稣说:“我说看见你在无花果树下,你就信我吗?将来你还要看见比这更大的事。 51 我实实在在地告诉你们,你们会看见天门敞开,上帝的天使以人子[g]为梯上上下下。”

Notas al pie

  1. 1:3 造的”或译“存在”。
  2. 1:5 胜过”或译“接受”或“明白”。
  3. 1:18 独一上帝”有古卷作“独一儿子”。
  4. 1:24 派来的人当中有几个法利赛人”或译“法利赛人派来的那几个人”。
  5. 1:38 老师”希腊文是“拉比”,特指犹太教的老师,下同。
  6. 1:41 希伯来文的“弥赛亚”和希腊文的“基督”都是“受膏者”的意思。
  7. 1:51 人子”是耶稣的自称,耶稣在这里自比天梯,背景请参见创世记28:12

The Message

John 1

The Life-Light

11-2 The Word was first,
the Word present to God,
    God present to the Word.
The Word was God,
    in readiness for God from day one.

3-5 Everything was created through him;
    nothing—not one thing!—
    came into being without him.
What came into existence was Life,
    and the Life was Light to live by.
The Life-Light blazed out of the darkness;
    the darkness couldn’t put it out.

6-8 There once was a man, his name John, sent by God to point out the way to the Life-Light. He came to show everyone where to look, who to believe in. John was not himself the Light; he was there to show the way to the Light.

9-13 The Life-Light was the real thing:
    Every person entering Life
    he brings into Light.
He was in the world,
    the world was there through him,
    and yet the world didn’t even notice.
He came to his own people,
    but they didn’t want him.
But whoever did want him,
    who believed he was who he claimed
    and would do what he said,
He made to be their true selves,
    their child-of-God selves.
These are the God-begotten,
    not blood-begotten,
    not flesh-begotten,
    not sex-begotten.

14 The Word became flesh and blood,
    and moved into the neighborhood.
We saw the glory with our own eyes,
    the one-of-a-kind glory,
    like Father, like Son,
Generous inside and out,
    true from start to finish.

15 John pointed him out and called, “This is the One! The One I told you was coming after me but in fact was ahead of me. He has always been ahead of me, has always had the first word.”

16-18 We all live off his generous bounty,
        gift after gift after gift.
    We got the basics from Moses,
        and then this exuberant giving and receiving,
    This endless knowing and understanding—
        all this came through Jesus, the Messiah.
    No one has ever seen God,
        not so much as a glimpse.
    This one-of-a-kind God-Expression,
        who exists at the very heart of the Father,
        has made him plain as day.

Thunder in the Desert

19-20 When Jews from Jerusalem sent a group of priests and officials to ask John who he was, he was completely honest. He didn’t evade the question. He told the plain truth: “I am not the Messiah.”

21 They pressed him, “Who, then? Elijah?”

“I am not.”

“The Prophet?”

“No.”

22 Exasperated, they said, “Who, then? We need an answer for those who sent us. Tell us something—anything!—about yourself.”

23 “I’m thunder in the desert: ‘Make the road straight for God!’ I’m doing what the prophet Isaiah preached.”

24-25 Those sent to question him were from the Pharisee party. Now they had a question of their own: “If you’re neither the Messiah, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet, why do you baptize?”

26-27 John answered, “I only baptize using water. A person you don’t recognize has taken his stand in your midst. He comes after me, but he is not in second place to me. I’m not even worthy to hold his coat for him.”

28 These conversations took place in Bethany on the other side of the Jordan, where John was baptizing at the time.

The God-Revealer

29-31 The very next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and yelled out, “Here he is, God’s Passover Lamb! He forgives the sins of the world! This is the man I’ve been talking about, ‘the One who comes after me but is really ahead of me.’ I knew nothing about who he was—only this: that my task has been to get Israel ready to recognize him as the God-Revealer. That is why I came here baptizing with water, giving you a good bath and scrubbing sins from your life so you can get a fresh start with God.”

32-34 John clinched his witness with this: “I watched the Spirit, like a dove flying down out of the sky, making himself at home in him. I repeat, I know nothing about him except this: The One who authorized me to baptize with water told me, ‘The One on whom you see the Spirit come down and stay, this One will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’ That’s exactly what I saw happen, and I’m telling you, there’s no question about it: This is the Son of God.”

Come, See for Yourself

35-36 The next day John was back at his post with two disciples, who were watching. He looked up, saw Jesus walking nearby, and said, “Here he is, God’s Passover Lamb.”

37-38 The two disciples heard him and went after Jesus. Jesus looked over his shoulder and said to them, “What are you after?”

They said, “Rabbi” (which means “Teacher”), “where are you staying?”

39 He replied, “Come along and see for yourself.”

They came, saw where he was living, and ended up staying with him for the day. It was late afternoon when this happened.

40-42 Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard John’s witness and followed Jesus. The first thing he did after finding where Jesus lived was find his own brother, Simon, telling him, “We’ve found the Messiah” (that is, “Christ”). He immediately led him to Jesus.

Jesus took one look up and said, “You’re John’s son, Simon? From now on your name is Cephas” (or Peter, which means “Rock”).

43-44 The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. When he got there, he ran across Philip and said, “Come, follow me.” (Philip’s hometown was Bethsaida, the same as Andrew and Peter.)

45-46 Philip went and found Nathanael and told him, “We’ve found the One Moses wrote of in the Law, the One preached by the prophets. It’s Jesus, Joseph’s son, the one from Nazareth!” Nathanael said, “Nazareth? You’ve got to be kidding.”

But Philip said, “Come, see for yourself.”

47 When Jesus saw him coming he said, “There’s a real Israelite, not a false bone in his body.”

48 Nathanael said, “Where did you get that idea? You don’t know me.”

Jesus answered, “One day, long before Philip called you here, I saw you under the fig tree.”

49 Nathanael exclaimed, “Rabbi! You are the Son of God, the King of Israel!”

50-51 Jesus said, “You’ve become a believer simply because I say I saw you one day sitting under the fig tree? You haven’t seen anything yet! Before this is over you’re going to see heaven open and God’s angels descending to the Son of Man and ascending again.”