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.”

Tagalog Contemporary Bible

Juan 1:1-51

Ang Salitang Nakapagbibigay ng Buhay na Walang Hanggan

1Nang pasimula, naroon na ang tinatawag na Salita. Ang Salita ay kasama ng Dios at ang Salita ay Dios. 2Sa simula paʼy kasama na siya ng Dios. 3Nilikha ang lahat ng bagay sa pamamagitan niya, at walang anumang nalikha nang hindi sa pamamagitan niya. 4Ang Salita ang pinagmumulan ng buhay, at ang buhay na itoʼy ilaw, dahil ito ang nagbibigay-liwanag sa mga tao. 5Ang ilaw na itoʼy nagliliwanag sa kadiliman,1:5 kadiliman: Ang ibig sabihin, kasamaan. at hindi ito nadaig ng kadiliman.1:5 hindi ito nadaig ng kadiliman: o, hindi ito naunawaan ng mga nasa kadiliman.

6Isinugo ng Dios ang isang tao na ang pangalan ay Juan. 7Isinugo siya upang magpatotoo kung sino ang ilaw, upang sa pamamagitan ng kanyang patotoo ay sumampalataya ang lahat ng tao. 8Hindi si Juan ang mismong ilaw, kundi naparito siya upang magpatotoo kung sino ang ilaw. 9Ang tunay na ilaw na nagbibigay-liwanag sa lahat ng tao ay dumating na sa mundo. 10Naparito siya sa mundo. At kahit na nilikha ang mundo sa pamamagitan niya, hindi siya kinilala ng mundo. 11Pumunta siya sa sarili niyang mga kababayan, pero tinanggihan siya ng karamihan. 12Ngunit ang lahat ng tumanggap at sumampalataya sa kanya ay binigyan niya ng karapatang maging anak ng Dios. 13Naging anak sila ng Dios hindi sa pamamagitan ng pisikal na pagkasilang o dahil sa kagustuhan ng tao kundi dahil sa kalooban ng Dios.

14Nagkatawang-tao ang Salita at namuhay na kasama natin. Nakita namin ang kadakilaan niya bilang kaisa-isang Anak ng Ama. Puspos siya ng biyaya at pawang katotohanan ang mga sinasabi niya.

15Nagpatotoo si Juan tungkol sa kanya at ito ang kanyang sinabi: “Siya ang tinutukoy ko nang sabihin kong, ‘May isang darating na kasunod ko, mas dakila siya kaysa sa akin, dahil nariyan na siya bago pa ako ipanganak.’ ”

16Sa kasaganaan ng kanyang biyaya1:16 biyaya: Sa ibang salin ng Biblia, kagandahang-loob. ay tumanggap tayong lahat ng sunud-sunod na pagpapala. 17Ibinigay sa atin ng Dios ang Kautusan sa pamamagitan ni Moises, ngunit ang biyaya at katotohanan ay napasaatin sa pamamagitan ni Jesu-Cristo. 18Wala pang nakakita sa Dios Ama kahit kailan, ngunit ipinakilala siya sa atin ng kanyang Bugtong na Anak,1:18 Bugtong na Anak: o, natatanging Anak. na Dios din nga at kapiling ng Ama.1:18 kapiling ng Ama: o, minamahal ng Ama; o, laging kasama ng Ama; sa literal, nasa dibdib ng Ama.

Ang Patotoo ni Juan tungkol kay Jesus

(Mat. 3:1-12; Mar. 1:1-8; Luc. 3:1-18)

19-20Pinapunta ng mga pinuno ng mga Judio sa Jerusalem ang ilang mga pari at Levita upang tanungin si Juan kung sino talaga siya. Tinapat sila ni Juan. Sinabi niya, “Hindi ako ang Cristo.” 21Nagtanong sila, “Kung ganoon, sino ka? Ikaw ba si Propeta Elias?” Sumagot siya, “Hindi.” Tinanong pa nila si Juan, “Ikaw ba ang Propeta na ipinangakong darating?” “Hindi rin,” sagot ni Juan. 22“Kung ganoon, sino ka talaga? Sabihin mo sa amin para may maisagot kami sa mga nagsugo sa amin. Ano ang masasabi mo tungkol sa sarili mo?” 23Sumagot si Juan, “Ako ang taong binanggit ni Propeta Isaias nang sabihin niya,

‘Maririnig ang sigaw ng isang tao sa ilang na nagsasabi,

Tuwirin ninyo ang dadaanan ng Panginoon.’ ”1:23 Isa. 40:3.

24Ang mga nagsugo sa mga taong pumunta kay Juan ay mga Pariseo.1:24 o, Ang ilan sa mga inutusang pumunta kay Juan ay mga Pariseo. 25Tinanong nila ulit si Juan, “Bakit ka nagbabautismo kung hindi naman pala ikaw ang Cristo, o si Elias, o ang Propeta?” 26Sumagot si Juan, “Nagbabautismo ako sa tubig, ngunit may nakatayong kasama ninyo na hindi ninyo nakikilala. 27Siya ang sinasabi kong darating na kasunod ko, at ni hindi man lang ako karapat-dapat na maging alipin niya.”1:27 Hindi … alipin niya: sa literal, Hindi man lang ako karapat-dapat na magkalag ng tali ng kanyang sandalyas.

28Nangyari ito sa Betania, sa kabila ng Ilog ng Jordan, kung saan nagbabautismo si Juan.

Si Jesus ang Tupa ng Dios

29Kinabukasan, nakita ni Juan si Jesus na papalapit sa kanya. Sinabi niya sa mga tao, “Narito na ang Tupa ng Dios na ihahandog upang mag-alis ng kasalanan ng mga tao sa mundo! 30Siya ang tinutukoy ko nang sabihin ko, ‘May isang darating na kasunod ko, mas dakila siya kaysa sa akin, dahil nariyan na siya bago pa ako ipanganak.’ 31Noong unaʼy hindi ko rin kilala kung sino siya. Ngunit naparito akong nagbabautismo sa tubig upang ipakilala siya sa Israel.”

32Pagkatapos, nagpatotoo si Juan, “Nakita ko ang Banal na Espiritu na bumaba mula sa langit tulad ng isang kalapati at nanatili sa kanya. 33Noong unaʼy hindi ko rin kilala kung sino siya, ngunit ang Dios na nag-utos sa akin na magbautismo sa tubig ang nagsabi sa akin, ‘Kapag nakita mong bumaba ang Banal na Espiritu at nanatili sa isang tao, ang taong iyon ang magbabautismo sa Banal na Espiritu.’ 34Nakita ko ito at nagpapatotoo ako na siya ang Anak ng Dios.”

Ang mga Unang Tagasunod ni Jesus

35Kinabukasan, naroon ulit si Juan kasama ang dalawa sa mga tagasunod niya. 36Nang makita niya si Jesus na dumaraan, sinabi niya, “Narito na ang Tupa ng Dios!” 37Nang marinig iyon ng dalawang tagasunod ni Juan, sinundan nila si Jesus. 38Lumingon si Jesus at nakita silang sumusunod. Kaya tinanong niya sila, “Ano ang kailangan ninyo?” Sumagot sila, “Rabbi, saan po kayo nakatira?” (Ang ibig sabihin ng Rabbi ay “Guro.”) 39Sinabi sa kanila ni Jesus, “Halikayo at makikita ninyo.” Kaya sumama ang dalawa at nakita nila ang tinutuluyan niya. Bandang alas kwatro na noon ng hapon, kaya doon na sila nagpalipas ng gabi. 40Ang isa sa dalawang nakarinig ng sinabi ni Juan at sumunod kay Jesus ay si Andres na kapatid ni Simon Pedro. 41Kinaumagahan, hinanap kaagad ni Andres ang kapatid niyang si Simon at sinabi sa kanya, “Natagpuan na namin ang Mesias.” (Ang ibig sabihin ng Mesias ay “Cristo”.) 42Isinama niya si Simon kay Jesus. At nang makarating sila kay Jesus, tiningnan ni Jesus si Simon at sinabi, “Ikaw si Simon na anak ni Juan, mula ngayon ay tatawagin ka nang Cefas.” (Ang Cefas ay pareho rin ng pangalang Pedro.)1:42 Ang ibig sabihin ng Cefas o Pedro ay “Bato.”

Ang Pagtawag ni Jesus kina Felipe at Natanael

43Kinabukasan, nagpasya si Jesus na pumunta sa Galilea. Pagdating niya roon, nakita niya si Felipe at sinabi niya rito, “Sumunod ka sa akin.” 44(Si Felipe ay taga-Betsaida, tulad nina Andres at Pedro.) 45Hinanap ni Felipe si Natanael at sinabi niya rito, “Natagpuan na namin ang taong tinutukoy ni Moises sa Kautusan, at maging sa mga isinulat ng mga propeta. Siya si Jesus na taga-Nazaret na anak ni Jose.” 46Tinanong siya ni Natanael, “May mabuti bang nanggagaling sa Nazaret?” Sumagot si Felipe, “Halika at tingnan mo.”

47Nang makita ni Jesus na papalapit sa kanya si Natanael, sinabi niya, “Narito ang isang tunay na Israelita na hindi nandaraya.”1:47 hindi nandaraya: o, hindi nagsisinungaling. 48Tinanong siya ni Natanael, “Paano ninyo ako nakilala?” Sumagot si Jesus, “Bago ka pa man tawagin ni Felipe, nakita na kita habang nasa ilalim ka ng puno ng igos.” 49Sinabi ni Natanael, “Guro, kayo nga ang Anak ng Dios! Kayo ang hari ng Israel!” 50Sinabi sa kanya ni Jesus, “Sumampalataya ka ba sa akin dahil sinabi kong nakita kita sa ilalim ng puno ng igos? Higit pa rito ang masasaksihan mo.” 51Sinabi pa sa kanya ni Jesus, “Sinasabi ko sa inyo ang totoo, makikita ninyo na bubukas ang langit, at makikita rin ninyo ang mga anghel ng Dios na umaakyat at bumababa sa akin na Anak ng Tao.”