New International Reader's Version

John 1:1-51

The Word Became a Human Being

1In the beginning, the Word was already there. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was with God in the beginning. 3All things were made through him. Nothing that has been made was made without him. 4Life was in him, and that life was the light for all people. 5The light shines in the darkness. But the darkness has not overcome the light.

6There was a man sent from God. His name was John. 7He came to be a witness about that light. He was a witness so that all people might believe. 8John himself was not the light. He came only as a witness to the light.

9The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. 10The Word was in the world. And the world was made through him. But the world did not recognize him. 11He came to what was his own. But his own people did not accept him. 12Some people did accept him and did believe in his name. He gave them the right to become children of God. 13To be a child of God has nothing to do with human parents. Children of God are not born because of human choice or because a husband wants them to be born. They are born because of what God does.

14The Word became a human being. He made his home with us. We have seen his glory. It is the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father. And the Word was full of grace and truth.

15John was a witness about the Word. John cried out and said, “This was the one I was talking about. I said, ‘He who comes after me is more important than I am. He is more important because he existed before I was born.’ ” 16God is full of grace. From him we have all received grace in place of the grace already given. 17In the past, God gave us grace through the law of Moses. Now, grace and truth come to us through Jesus Christ. 18No one has ever seen God. But the One and Only is God and is at the Father’s side. The one at the Father’s side has shown us what God is like.

John the Baptist Says That He Is Not the Messiah

19The Jewish leaders in Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask John who he was. John spoke the truth to them. 20He did not try to hide the truth. He spoke to them openly. He said, “I am not the Messiah.”

21They asked him, “Then who are you? Are you Elijah?”

He said, “I am not.”

“Are you the Prophet we’ve been expecting?” they asked.

“No,” he answered.

22They asked one last time, “Who are you? Give us an answer to take back to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?”

23John replied, using the words of Isaiah the prophet. John said, “I’m the messenger who is calling out in the desert, ‘Make the way for the Lord straight.’ ” (Isaiah 40:3)

24The Pharisees who had been sent 25asked him, “If you are not the Messiah, why are you baptizing people? Why are you doing that if you aren’t Elijah or the Prophet we’ve been expecting?”

26“I baptize people with water,” John replied. “But someone is standing among you whom you do not know. 27He is the one who comes after me. I am not good enough to untie his sandals.”

28This all happened at Bethany on the other side of the Jordan River. That was where John was baptizing.

What John Says About Jesus

29The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him. John said, “Look! The Lamb of God! He takes away the sin of the world! 30This is the one I was talking about. I said, ‘A man who comes after me is more important than I am. That’s because he existed before I was born.’ 31I did not know him. But God wants to make it clear to Israel who this person is. That’s the reason I came baptizing with water.”

32Then John told them, “I saw the Holy Spirit come down from heaven like a dove. The Spirit remained on Jesus. 33I myself did not know him. But the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘You will see the Spirit come down and remain on someone. He is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’ 34I have seen it happen. I am a witness that this is God’s Chosen One.”

John’s Disciples Follow Jesus

35The next day John was there again with two of his disciples. 36He saw Jesus walking by. John said, “Look! The Lamb of God!”

37The two disciples heard him say this. So they followed Jesus. 38Then Jesus turned around and saw them following. He asked, “What do you want?”

They said, “Rabbi, where are you staying?” Rabbi means Teacher.

39“Come,” he replied. “You will see.”

So they went and saw where he was staying. They spent the rest of the day with him. It was about four o’clock in the afternoon.

40Andrew was Simon Peter’s brother. Andrew was one of the two disciples who heard what John had said. He had also followed Jesus. 41The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon. He told him, “We have found the Messiah.” Messiah means Christ. 42And he brought Simon to Jesus.

Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon, son of John. You will be called Cephas.” Cephas means Peter, or Rock.

Jesus Chooses Philip and Nathanael

43The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.”

44Philip was from the town of Bethsaida. So were Andrew and Peter. 45Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one whom Moses wrote about in the Law. The prophets also wrote about him. He is Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”

46“Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked.

“Come and see,” said Philip.

47Jesus saw Nathanael approaching. Here is what Jesus said about him. “He is a true Israelite. Nothing about him is false.”

48“How do you know me?” Nathanael asked.

Jesus answered, “I saw you while you were still under the fig tree. I saw you there before Philip called you.”

49Nathanael replied, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God. You are the king of Israel.”

50Jesus said, “You believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree. You will see greater things than that.” 51Then he said to the disciples, “What I’m about to tell you is true. You will see heaven open. You will see the angels of God going up and coming down on the Son of Man.”

Luganda Contemporary Bible

Yokaana 1:1-51

Kigambo

11:1 a Kub 19:13 b Yk 17:5; 1Yk 1:2 c Baf 2:6Kigambo yaliwo ng’ensi tennatondebwa. Kigambo1:1 Kigambo ye Kristo yali ne Katonda, era Kigambo yali Katonda. 21:2 Lub 1:1Oyo, okuva ku lubereberye yaliwo ne Katonda.

31:3 1Ko 8:6; Bak 1:16Ebintu byonna byatondebwa ku lulwe, era tewaliiwo kintu na kimu ekyatondebwa nga taliiwo. 41:4 a Yk 5:26; 11:25 b Yk 8:12Mu ye mwe mwali obulamu; era obulamu buno ne buba ekitangaala eri abantu. 51:5 Yk 3:19Omusana ne gwaka mu kizikiza, naye ekizikiza tekyaguyinza.

61:6 Mat 3:1Ne walabika omuntu ng’ayitibwa Yokaana, Katonda gwe yatuma, 71:7 a nny 15, 19, 32 b nny 12eyajja okutegeeza abantu ebifa ku musana, bonna bakkirize nga bayita mu ye. 8Yokaana si ye yali Omusana, wabula ye yatumibwa ategeeze eby’Omusana.

91:9 a 1Yk 2:8 b Is 49:6Kristo ye yali Omusana, omusana ogw’amazima, ogujja mu nsi, okwakira buli muntu. 101:10 Beb 1:2Kyokka newaakubadde Kigambo oyo ye yatonda ensi, bwe yajja mu nsi, ensi teyamutegeera. 11Yajja eri abantu be, naye abantu be ne batamusembeza. 121:12 a nny 7 b 1Yk 3:23 c Bag 3:26Naye bonna abaamusembeza, yabawa obuyinza okufuuka abaana ba Katonda; be bo abakkiriza erinnya lye. 131:13 Yk 3:6; Yak 1:18Abataazaalibwa musaayi, oba okwagala kw’omubiri, wadde okwagala kw’omuntu, naye abaazaalibwa okwagala kwa Katonda. 141:14 a Bag 4:4 b Yk 14:6Kigambo n’afuuka omubiri, n’abeera mu ffe, ne tulaba ekitiibwa kye, ng’eky’oyo omu yekka eyava eri kitaffe ng’ajjudde ekisa n’amazima.

151:15 a nny 7 b nny 30; Mat 3:11Yokaana Omubatiza yamwogerako, ng’alangirira nti, “Ono ye oyo gwe nayogerako nti, ‘Waliwo ajja emabega wange, eyansoka okubaawo, kubanga yaliwo nga sinnabaawo.’ ” 161:16 Bef 1:23; Bak 1:19Ku kujjula kwe ffenna kwe twagabana ekisa ekisukiridde ekisa. 171:17 a Yk 7:19 b nny 14Amateeka gaatuweebwa nga gayita mu Musa, naye Yesu Kristo ye yaaleeta ekisa n’amazima. 181:18 a Kuv 33:20; Yk 6:46; Bak 1:15; 1Ti 6:16 b Yk 3:16, 18; 1Yk 4:9Tewali n’omu eyali alabye ku Katonda, okuggyako Omwana we omu yekka, abeera mu kifuba kya kitaffe, oyo ye yatutegeeza byonna ebimufaako.

Yokaana Omubatiza ategeeza nga bw’atali Kristo

191:19 Yk 2:18; 5:10, 16; 6:41, 52Bino bye bigambo Yokaana Omubatiza bye yategeeza abakulembeze b’Abayudaaya bwe baamutumira bakabona n’Abaleevi okuva mu Yerusaalemi ne bamubuuza nti, “Ggwe ani?” 201:20 Yk 3:28; Luk 3:15, 16Teyagaana kubaddamu, wabula yayatulira ddala nti, “Si nze Kristo.”

211:21 a Mat 11:14 b Ma 18:15Ne bamubuuza nti, “Kale ggwe ani? Ggwe Eriya?”

Yokaana Omubatiza n’addamu nti, “Nedda, si nze ye.”

Ne bongera okumubuuza nti, “Ggwe Nnabbi ayogerwako?”

N’addamu nti, “Nedda.”

22Awo ne bamugamba nti, “Abatutumye tunaabagamba nti, Ggwe ani? Weeyita otya?” 231:23 a Mat 3:1 b Is 40:3N’abaddamu nti,

“Nze ndi ddoboozi ly’oyo ayogerera mu ddoboozi ery’omwanguka ng’asinziira mu ddungu nti,

‘Mutereeze ekkubo lya Mukama mweteekereteekere okujja kwe, nga nnabbi Isaaya bwe yayogera.’ ”

24Abaatumibwa baava eri Abafalisaayo. 25Awo ne babuuza Yokaana nti, “Kale lwaki obatiza, obanga si ggwe Kristo oba Eriya oba nnabbi oli?”

26Yokaana n’addamu nti, “Nze mbatiza na mazzi, naye waliwo ayimiridde wakati mu mmwe gwe mutamanyi, 271:27 nny 15, 30anvaako emabega, nze sisaanira na kusumulula buguwa bwa ngatto ze.” 281:28 Yk 3:26; 10:40Ebyo byali Besaniya, emitala w’omugga Yoludaani, Yokaana Omubatiza gye yabatirizanga.

Yesu Omwana gw’Endiga owa Katonda

291:29 nny 36; Is 53:7; 1Pe 1:19; Kub 5:6Ku lunaku olwaddirira, Yokaana Omubatiza n’alaba Yesu ng’ajja, n’agamba nti, “Mulabe Omwana gw’Endiga owa Katonda aggyawo ebibi by’ensi. 301:30 nny 15, 27Ye wuuyo gwe nayogerako, bwe nagamba nti, ‘Waliwo omuntu anvaako emabega ye ansinga obuyinza, kubanga ye yaliwo nga nze sinnabaawo.’ 31Nange nnali simumanyi, wabula nze najja okubatiza n’amazzi, ndyoke mulage eri abantu ba Isirayiri.”

321:32 Mat 3:16; Mak 1:10Awo Yokaana Omubatiza n’abategeeza nga bwe yalaba Mwoyo Mutukuvu ng’akka okuva mu ggulu ng’ali ng’ejjiba n’abeera ku Yesu, 331:33 a Mak 1:4 b Mat 3:11; Mak 1:8n’abagamba nti, “Nze saamutegeera, kyokka Katonda bwe yantuma okubatiza yaŋŋamba nti, ‘Bw’olabanga Mwoyo Mutukuvu ng’akka n’abeera ku muntu, nga oyo, ye Kristo abatiza ne Mwoyo Mutukuvu.’ 341:34 nny 49; Mat 4:3Ekyo nkirabye era nkiweerako obujulirwa nti Ye Mwana wa Katonda.”

Abayigirizwa ba Yesu Abaasooka

351:35 Mat 3:1Awo ku lunaku olwaddirira nate Yokaana bwe yali ayimiridde n’abayigirizwa be babiri, 361:36 nny 29Yesu n’ayitawo ng’atambula. Yokaana n’amutunuulira enkaliriza n’agamba nti, “Mulabe Omwana gw’Endiga wa Katonda.”

37Awo abayigirizwa abo ababiri bwe baawulira ekyo ne bagoberera Yesu. 381:38 nny 49; Mat 23:7Yesu bwe yakyuka n’abalaba nga bamugoberera n’ababuuza nti, “Mwagala ki?”

Ne bamuddamu nti, “Labbi” (ekitegeeza nti: “Omuyigiriza”), “obeera wa?”

39N’abaddamu nti, “Mujje mulabeyo.”

Awo ne bagenda naye gye yali abeera, olunaku olwo ne baluzibiza eyo nga bali naye, obudde bwali ng’essaawa kkumi ez’olweggulo okutuusa akawungeezi.

40Omu ku abo ababiri abaawulira Yokaana ng’ayogera ne bagoberera Yesu, yali Andereya, muganda wa Simooni Peetero. 411:41 Yk 4:25Awo Andereya n’agenda anoonya muganda we Simooni n’amugamba nti, “Tulabye Masiya” (amakulu nti Kristo). 421:42 a Lub 17:5, 15 b Mat 16:18Andereya n’atwala Simooni eri Yesu.

Yesu bwe yeetegereza Simooni, n’amugamba nti, “Ggwe Simooni omwana wa Yokaana, kale onooyitibwanga Keefa,” amakulu nti Peetero.

Yesu Ayita Firipo ne Nassanayiri

431:43 a Mat 10:3; Yk 6:5-7; 12:21, 22; 14:8, 9 b Mat 4:19Ku lunaku olwaddirira, Yesu n’agenda e Ggaliraaya, bwe yasanga Firipo n’amugamba nti, “Ngoberera.”

441:44 Mat 11:21; Yk 12:21Firipo yali wa mu kibuga Besusayida ewaabwe wa Andereya ne Peetero. 451:45 a Yk 21:2 b Luk 24:27 c Luk 24:27 d Mat 2:23; Mak 1:24 e Luk 3:23Firipo bwe yalaba Nassanayiri, n’amugamba nti, “Tulabye Yesu mutabani wa Yusufu ow’e Nazaaleesi, Musa ne bannabbi gwe baawandiikako.”

461:46 Yk 7:41, 42, 52Nassanayiri n’amuddamu nti, “Mu Nazaaleesi musobola okuvaamu ekintu ekirungi?”

Firipo kwe kumuddamu nti, “Jjangu weerabireko.”

471:47 a Bar 9:4, 6 b Zab 32:2Nassanayiri bwe yali asemberera Yesu, Yesu n’agamba nti, “Laba, Omuyisirayiri wawu ataliimu bukuusa.”

48Nassanayiri kwe kumuddamu nti, “Ontegedde otya?”

Yesu n’amugamba nti, “Firipo bw’abadde tannakutuukako, nkulabye ng’oli wansi w’omutiini.”

491:49 a nny 38; Mat 23:7 b Mat 23:34; 4:3 c Mat 2:2; 27:42; Yk 12:13Nassanayiri n’amuddamu nti, “Labbi, oli Mwana wa Katonda, gwe Kabaka wa Isirayiri!”

50Awo Yesu n’amugamba nti, “Okkiriza kubanga nkugambye nti nkulabye ng’oli wansi w’omutiini? Oliraba n’ebisinga awo obukulu. 511:51 a Mat 3:16 b Lub 28:12 c Mat 8:20Ddala ddala nkugamba nti oliraba eggulu nga libikkuse ne bamalayika ba Katonda nga balinnya era nga bakkira ku Mwana w’Omuntu.”