New International Reader's Version

John 1

The Word Became a Human Being

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

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

The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. 10 The Word was in the world. And the world was made through him. But the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to what was his own. But his own people did not accept him. 12 Some people did accept him and did believe in his name. He gave them the right to become children of God. 13 To 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.

14 The 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.

15 John 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.’ ” 16 God is full of grace. From him we have all received grace in place of the grace already given. 17 In the past, God gave us grace through the law of Moses. Now, grace and truth come to us through Jesus Christ. 18 No 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

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

21 They 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.

22 They 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?”

23 John 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)

24 The Pharisees who had been sent 25 asked 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. 27 He is the one who comes after me. I am not good enough to untie his sandals.”

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

What John Says About Jesus

29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him. John said, “Look! The Lamb of God! He takes away the sin of the world! 30 This 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.’ 31 I 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.”

32 Then John told them, “I saw the Holy Spirit come down from heaven like a dove. The Spirit remained on Jesus. 33 I 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.’ 34 I have seen it happen. I am a witness that this is God’s Chosen One.”

John’s Disciples Follow Jesus

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

37 The two disciples heard him say this. So they followed Jesus. 38 Then 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.

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

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

44 Philip was from the town of Bethsaida. So were Andrew and Peter. 45 Philip 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.

47 Jesus 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.”

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

50 Jesus said, “You believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree. You will see greater things than that.” 51 Then 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.”

Nkwa Asem

Yohane 1

Hann a ɛwɔ sum mu

1Ansa na wɔrebɛbɔ wiase no, na Asɛm no wɔ hɔ dedaw. Na Asɛm no ne Onyankopɔn na ɛwɔ hɔ. Na Asɛm no yɛ Onyankopɔn. Mfitiase no, na Asɛm no ne Onyankopɔn na ɛwɔ hɔ. Ɛnam ne so na wɔbɔɔ ade nyinaa. Wɔankwati no anyɛ biribiara. Ne mu na nkwa wɔ; na saa nkwa no na ɛma nnipa hann. Hann no hyerɛn wɔ sum mu a sum no ntumi nni hann no so.

Onyankopɔn somaa ɔbarima bi a wɔfrɛ no Yohane. Obedii hann no ho adanse sɛnea ɛbɛma nnipa nam ne so agye hann no adi. Ɛnyɛ ɔno ankasa ne hann no, na mmom, ɔbae sɛ ɔrebedi hann no ho adanse. Saa hann yi ne nokware hann a ɛba wiase ma ɛhyerɛn nnipa nyinaa so no.

10 Saa bere no na Asɛm no wɔ wiase. Ɛwom sɛ Onyankopɔn nam ne so na ɔbɔɔ wiase de, nanso ɔbaa wiase no , wiase anhu no. 11 Ɔbaa n’ankasa ne man mu, nanso ne manfo annye no anto mu.

12 Na wɔn a wogyee no, na wogyee ne din dii no, ɔmaa wɔn tumi ma wɔbɛyɛɛ Onyankopɔn mma, 13 wɔ honhom fam a emfi onipa anaa ɔhonam fam, na mmom efi Onyankopɔn ankasa.

14 Asɛm no bɛyɛɛ onipa ne yɛn bɛtenae ma yehuu n’anuonyam sɛ ɔba koro a ofi Agya no nkyɛn a adom ne nokware ayɛ no ma. 15 Yohane kaa ne ho asɛm se, “Oyi ne nea mekaa ne ho asɛm se, ‘Nea odi m’akyi reba no yɛ kɛse sen me, efisɛ, ɔwɔ hɔ ansa na wɔwoo me no.’ 16 Ofi ne mmɔborɔhunu a ɛto ntwa da no mu hyira yɛn nyinaa daa daa. 17 Onyankopɔn nam Mose so de mmara maa yɛn, nanso ɛnam Yesu so na yenyaa adom ne nokware. 18 Obi bi nhuu Onyankopɔn da gye ne Ba koro no a ɔte sɛ Onyankopɔn no, efisɛ, ɔne Agya no na ɛwɔ hɔ na wada Agya no ho nsɛm nyinaa adi akyerɛ yɛn.”

Yohane adansedi

19 Yudafo mpanyin a wɔwɔ Yerusalem somaa asɔfo ne Lewifo kɔɔ Yohane nkyɛn kobisaa no se, “Wone Agyenkwa no anaa?”

20 Yohane antwentwɛn asɛm no mmuae so. Ɔpaee mu ka kyerɛɛ wɔn prɛko pɛ se, “Ɛnyɛ mene Agyenkwa no.”

21 Wobisaa no se, “Ɛnne, na wone hena, Elia anaa?” Obuaa wɔn se, “Dabi”. Wobisaa no bio se, “Wone Odiyifo no?” Ɔsan bua wɔn se, “Dabi”.

22 Wɔsan bisaa no se, “Ɛnne, na wone hena? Ka kyerɛ yɛn na yɛnkɔbɔ wɔn a wɔsomaa yɛn no amanneɛ. Asɛm bɛn na wowɔ ka fa wo ho?”

23 Yohane buaa wɔn se, “Mene ɛnne a efi sare so a ɛreteɛm sɛnea Odiyifo Yesaia hyɛɛ nkɔm se, ‘Munsiesie mo ho mma Awurade ba a ɔbɛba no no.’ “

24 Afei wɔn a Farisifo no somaa wɔn no bisaa Yohane bio se, 25 “Sɛ ɛnyɛ wone Agyenkwa no anaa Elia anaa Odiyifo no a, adɛn nti na wobɔ asu?”

26 Yohane nso buae se, “Me de, nsu na mede bɔ asu, nanso obi wɔ mo mfinimfini ha a munnim no, 27 a ne mpaboa mpo memfata sɛ meworɔw; ɔno na obedi m’akyi aba.” 28 Saa asɛm yi sii Betania a ɛwɔ asubɔnten Yordan agya, faako a na Yohane rebɔ asu no.

Yesu, Onyankopɔn Guammaa no

29 Ade kyee a Yohane huu Yesu sɛ ɔreba ne nkyɛn no, ɔteɛɛm kae se, “Oyi ne Onyankopɔn Guammaa a ɔnam ne so de wiase bɔne nyinaa kyɛ no! 30 Oyi ne nea mekaa ne ho asɛm se, ‘Nea odi m’akyi reba no yɛ kɛse sen me, efisɛ, na ɔwɔ hɔ ansa na wɔrewo me.’ 31 Me de, na minnim no, nanso mede nsu bɛbɔɔ asu sɛnea ɛbɛyɛ na mɛda oguammaa no adi akyerɛ Israel.”

32 Na Yohane dii adanse se, “Mihuu Honhom no sɛ asian aba ne so sɛ aborɔnoma a ɔresian fi soro. 33 Na anka minnim no, nanso na Onyankopɔn a ɔsomaa me sɛ memfa nsu mmɔ asu no aka akyerɛ me se, ‘Onipa a wubehu sɛ Honhom no besian abesi ne so no, ɔno ne obi a ɔde Honhom Kronkron no bɛbɔ asu.’ 34 Mahu eyinom nyinaa sɛ aba mu na midi ho adanse sɛ oyi ne Onyankopɔn Ba no.”

Yesu asuafo a wodi kan

35 Ade kyee a Yohane ne n’asuafo no mu baanu gyina baabi no, wohui sɛ Yesu retwam. 36 Yohane hwɛɛ no, kae se, “Oyi ne Onyankopɔn Guammaa no!”

37 Asuafo baanu no tee nea ɔkae no, wokodii Yesu akyi.

38 Yesu twaa n’ani hui sɛ wodi n’akyi no, obisaa wɔn se, “Dɛn na morehwehwɛ?” Wɔn nso bisaa no se, “Rabi, a ne nkyerɛase ne Kyerɛkyerɛfo, ɛhe na wote?”

39 Obuaa wɔn se, “Mommra mmɛhwɛ.” Enti wɔne no kɔ kɔhwɛɛ faako a ɔte no ne no tenaa hɔ fi awia nnɔnan kosii anwummere. 40 Nnipa baanu a wɔtee Yohane asɛm no nti ɛma wokodii Yesu akyi no mu baako ne Simon Petro ne nua Andrea.

41 Ade a edi kan a Andrea yɛe ne sɛ, ɔkɔhwehwɛɛ ne nua Petro ka kyerɛɛ no se, “Yɛahu Agyenkwa no.” 42 Ɔde Petro kɔɔ Yesu nkyɛn. Yesu hwɛɛ Petro dinn ka kyerɛɛ no se, “Wone Simon, Yohane ba no. Nanso efi nnɛ rekɔ wɔbɛfrɛ wo Kefa.” Ɛno ara ne Petro a n’asekyerɛ ne “Ɔbotan” no.

Yesu frɛ Filipo ne Natanael

43 Ade kyee no, Yesu yɛɛ n’adwene sɛ ɔbɛkɔ Galilea. Ohuu Filipo ka kyerɛɛ no se, “Di m’akyi.” 44 Filipo nso na ofi Betsaida a ɛhɔ na Petro ne Andrea nso fi.

45 Filipo fi hɔ kɔɔ Natanael nkyɛn kɔka kyerɛɛ no se, “Yɛahu Agyenkwa no a Mose ne adiyifo no hyɛɛ ne ho nkɔm no no. Wɔfrɛ no Yesu. Ɔyɛ Yosef a ofi Nasaret no ba.”

46 Natanael bisaa Filipo se, “Ade pa bi betumi afi Nasaret da.?” Filipo nso ka kyerɛɛ no se, “Bra na bɛhwɛ.” 47 Bere a Yesu huu Natanael sɛ ɔreba no, ɔkae se, “Israelni nokwafo ni ampa.”

48 Natanael bisaa Yesu se, “Woyɛɛ dɛn huu sɛnea mete?” Yesu nso buaa no se, “Bere a wowɔ akutu dua no ase hɔ no na mihuu wo ansa na Filipo rebɛfrɛ wo.”

49 Natanael kae se, “Kyerɛkyerɛfo, wone Onyankopɔn Ba, Israelhene no!”

50 Yesu bisaa no se, “Esiane sɛ meka kyerɛɛ wo se mihuu wo wɔ akutu dua no ase nti na wugye di anaa? Wubehu anwonwade a ɛsen eyi. 51 Mereka nokware akyerɛ wo se, wubehu sɛ ɔsoro abue na Onyankopɔn abɔfo redi aforosian ba Onipa Ba no nkyɛn.”