The Word Became Flesh
1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was with God in the beginning. 3Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome1:5 Or understood it.
6There was a man sent from God whose name was John. 7He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. 8He 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. 10He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— 13children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
14The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
15(John testified concerning him. He cried out, saying, “This is the one I spoke about when I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’ ”) 16Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. 17For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and1:18 Some manuscripts but the only Son, who is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.
John the Baptist Denies Being the Messiah
19Now this was John’s testimony when the Jewish leaders1:19 The Greek term traditionally translated the Jews (hoi Ioudaioi) refers here and elsewhere in John’s Gospel to those Jewish leaders who opposed Jesus; also in 5:10, 15,16; 7:1,11,13; 9:22; 18:14,28,36; 19:7,12,31,38; 20:19. in Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask him who he was. 20He did not fail to confess, but confessed freely, “I am not the Messiah.”
21They asked him, “Then who are you? Are you Elijah?”
He said, “I am not.”
“Are you the Prophet?”
He answered, “No.”
22Finally they said, “Who are you? Give us an answer to take back to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?”
23John replied in the words of Isaiah the prophet, “I am the voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way for the Lord.’ ”1:23 Isaiah 40:3
24Now the Pharisees who had been sent 25questioned him, “Why then do you baptize if you are not the Messiah, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?”
26“I baptize with1:26 Or in; also in verses 31 and 33 (twice) water,” John replied, “but among you stands one you do not know. 27He is the one who comes after me, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie.”
28This all happened at Bethany on the other side of the Jordan, where John was baptizing.
John Testifies About Jesus
29The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! 30This is the one I meant when I said, ‘A man who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’ 31I myself did not know him, but the reason I came baptizing with water was that he might be revealed to Israel.”
32Then John gave this testimony: “I saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him. 33And I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’ 34I have seen and I testify that this is God’s Chosen One.”1:34 See Isaiah 42:1; many manuscripts is the Son of God.
John’s Disciples Follow Jesus
35The next day John was there again with two of his disciples. 36When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!”
37When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus. 38Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, “What do you want?”
They said, “Rabbi” (which means “Teacher”), “where are you staying?”
39“Come,” he replied, “and you will see.”
So they went and saw where he was staying, and they spent that day with him. It was about four in the afternoon.
40Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus. 41The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ). 42And he brought him to Jesus.
Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon son of John. You will be called Cephas” (which, when translated, is Peter1:42 Cephas (Aramaic) and Peter (Greek) both mean rock.).
Jesus Calls Philip and Nathanael
43The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. Finding Philip, he said to him, “Follow me.”
44Philip, like Andrew and Peter, was from the town of Bethsaida. 45Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”
46“Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked.
“Come and see,” said Philip.
47When Jesus saw Nathanael approaching, he said of him, “Here truly is an Israelite in whom there is no deceit.”
48“How do you know me?” Nathanael asked.
Jesus answered, “I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you.”
49Then Nathanael declared, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the king of Israel.”
50Jesus said, “You believe1:50 Or Do you believe…? because I told you I saw you under the fig tree. You will see greater things than that.” 51He then added, “Very truly I tell you,1:51 The Greek is plural. you1:51 The Greek is plural. will see ‘heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on’1:51 Gen. 28:12 the Son of Man.”
Ũhoro Gũtuĩka Mũndũ
11:1 1Joh 1:2; Afil 2:6Kĩambĩrĩria-inĩ Ũhoro aarĩ o kuo, nake Ũhoro aatũũrĩte na Ngai, na Ũhoro aarĩ Ngai. 2We aatũũrĩte na Ngai kuuma o kĩambĩrĩria.
31:3 Akol 1:16Indo ciothe ciombirwo na ũndũ wake; gũtirĩ kĩndũ kĩa iria ciombirwo kĩagĩire atarĩ ho. 41:4 Joh 5:26; Thab 36:9Thĩinĩ wake kwarĩ muoyo, naguo muoyo ũcio nĩguo warĩ ũtheri wa andũ. 51:5 Joh 3:19Ũtheri ũcio nĩũtheraga nduma-inĩ, nayo nduma ndĩigana kũũhoota.
61:6 Math 3:1; Joh 3:15; 5:33Nĩguokire mũndũ watũmĩtwo nĩ Ngai; eetagwo Johana. 7We okire arĩ mũira oimbũre ũhoro ũkoniĩ ũtheri ũcio, nĩgeetha andũ othe metĩkie nĩ ũndũ wake. 8We mwene tiwe warĩ ũtheri ũcio, no okire arĩ o ta mũira tu nĩgeetha oimbũre ũhoro wa ũtheri ũcio. 91:9 1Joh 2:8; Isa 49:6Ũtheri ũcio wa ma, ũrĩa ũtheragĩra o mũndũ o wothe, nĩwokaga thĩ.
10We Ũhoro aarĩ gũkũ thĩ, no o na gũtuĩka thĩ yombirwo na ũndũ wake-rĩ, andũ a thĩ matiigana kũmũmenya. 11Okire gwake mwene, no andũ ake mwene matiigana kũmwĩtĩkĩra. 121:12 1Joh 3:23; Gũcook 14:1No andũ arĩa othe maamwĩtĩkĩrire, o acio metĩkirie rĩĩtwa rĩake, nĩamahotithirie gũtuĩka ciana cia Ngai 131:13 Joh 3:6; 1Pet 1:23ciana itaciarĩtwo nĩ thakame, kana igaciarwo nĩ kwenda kwa mwĩrĩ kana kwenda kwa mũndũ, no iciarĩtwo nĩ kwenda kwa Ngai.
141:14 Agal 4:4; 1Tim 3:16We Kiugo agĩtuĩka mũndũ na agĩtũũrania na ithuĩ. Nĩtuonete riiri wake, riiri wa Mũrũ wake wa Mũmwe, ũrĩa woimire kũrĩ Ithe aiyũrĩtwo nĩ ũtugi na ũhoro wa ma.
151:15 Math 3:11Johana nĩoimbũraga ũhoro wake. Aanagĩrĩra akoiga atĩrĩ, “Ũyũ nĩwe ũrĩa ndaaragia ũhoro wake ngiuga atĩrĩ, ‘Ũrĩa ũgũũka thuutha wakwa nĩ mũnene kũngĩra, tondũ aarĩ mbere yakwa.’ ” 161:16 Akol 1:19; Arom 3:24Na kuuma ũiyũrĩrĩru wa ũtugi wake-rĩ, ithuothe nĩtwamũkĩrĩte irathimo nyingĩ mũno. 17Tondũ watho wokire na Musa, no ũtugi na ũhoro ũrĩa wa ma ciokire na Jesũ Kristũ. 181:18 Thaam 33:20; 1Joh 4:9Gũtirĩ mũndũ o na ũrĩkũ ũrĩ ona Ngai, o tiga Mũrũ wake wa Mũmwe ũrĩa ũikarĩte hamwe na Ithe, na nĩwe ũtũmĩte amenyeke.
Johana Mũbatithania kuuga tiwe Kristũ
191:19 Math 3:1; Joh 2:18Na rĩrĩ, ũyũ nĩguo ũira wa Johana hĩndĩ ĩrĩa Ayahudi a Jerusalemu maamũtũmĩire athĩnjĩri-Ngai na Alawii makamũũrie we aarĩ ũ. 201:20 Luk 3:15, 16We ndaagire kuumbũra, no oimbũrire atekũhitha, akiuga atĩrĩ, “Niĩ ti niĩ Kristũ.”
211:21 Math 11:14; Gũcook 18:15Nao makĩmũũria atĩrĩ, “Wee ũkĩrĩ ũ? Wee nĩwe Elija?”
Nake akĩmacookeria atĩrĩ, “Aca, ti niĩ.”
Ningĩ makĩmũũria atĩrĩ, “Nĩwe Mũnabii ũrĩa?”
Nake agĩcookia atĩrĩ, “Aca.”
22Mũthia-inĩ makĩmũũria atĩrĩ, “Wee ũkĩrĩ ũ? Tũhe macookio nĩguo tũcookerie arĩa matũtũmire. Ũkuuga atĩa ha ũhoro waku mwene?”
231:23 Isa 40:3Johana akĩmacookeria na ciugo iria ciarĩtio nĩ mũnabii Isaia, akĩmeera atĩrĩ, “Niĩ ndĩ mũgambo wa mũndũ ũranĩrĩra werũ-inĩ akoiga atĩrĩ, ‘Rũngariai njĩra ya Mwathani.’ ”
24Na rĩrĩ, Afarisai amwe arĩa maatũmĩtwo 25makĩmũũria atĩrĩ, “Angĩkorwo we tiwe Kristũ, na tiwe Elija, o na kana Mũnabii ũrĩa-rĩ, ũkĩbatithanagia nĩkĩ?”
26Nake Johana akĩmacookeria atĩrĩ, “Niĩ ndĩmũbatithagia na maaĩ. No gatagatĩ-inĩ kanyu nĩ harĩ na ũmwe mũtooĩ. 271:27 Mar 1:7Ũcio nĩwe ũgũũka thuutha wakwa, o we ũrĩa itaagĩrĩire kuohora ndigi cia iraatũ ciake.”
281:28 Joh 3:26; 10:40Maũndũ maya mothe mekĩkire itũũra-inĩ rĩa Bethania, mũrĩmo wa Rũũĩ rwa Jorodani, kũrĩa Johana aabatithanagĩria.
Jesũ Gatũrũme ka Ngai
291:29 Isa 53:7; 1Pet 1:19; Joh 3:17Mũthenya ũyũ ũngĩ, Johana akĩona Jesũ agĩũka na kũrĩ we, akiuga atĩrĩ, “Onei! Gatũrũme ka Ngai karĩa keheragia mehia ma kĩrĩndĩ! 301:30 Joh 1:15, 27Ũyũ nĩwe ndaaragia ũhoro wake rĩrĩa ndoigire atĩrĩ, ‘Mũndũ ũrĩa ũgũũka thuutha wakwa nĩ mũnene kũrĩ niĩ tondũ we aarĩ kuo mbere yakwa.’ 31Niĩ mwene ndiamũũĩ, no ndokire ngĩbatithanagia na maaĩ nĩgeetha aguũrĩrio andũ a Isiraeli.”
321:32 Math 3:16Ningĩ Johana akĩheana ũira ũyũ: “Nĩndonire Roho agĩikũrũka kuuma igũrũ atariĩ ta ndutura, agĩikara igũrũ rĩake. 33Niĩ ndingĩamũmenyire, tiga ũrĩa wandũmire mbatithanagie na maaĩ aanjĩĩrire atĩrĩ, ‘Mũndũ ũrĩa ũkoona Roho agĩikũrũkĩra na aikare igũrũ rĩake-rĩ, ũcio nĩwe ũkaabatithanagia na Roho Mũtheru.’ 341:34 Joh 1:49; Math 4:3Niĩ nĩnyonete ũguo na ngoimbũra atĩ ũyũ nĩwe Mũrũ wa Ngai.”
Arutwo a Mbere a Jesũ
35Ningĩ mũthenya ũyũ ũngĩ, Johana agĩkorwo arĩ kũu o rĩngĩ marĩ na arutwo ake eerĩ. 361:36 Joh 1:29Na rĩrĩa onire Jesũ akĩhĩtũka, akiuga atĩrĩ, “Onei Gatũrũme ka Ngai!”
37Hĩndĩ ĩrĩa arutwo acio eerĩ maiguire oiga ũguo, makĩrũmĩrĩra Jesũ. 38Jesũ ehũgũra akĩmoona mamumĩte thuutha, akĩmooria atĩrĩ, “Nĩ atĩa mũrenda?”
Nao makĩmwĩra atĩrĩ, “Rabii” (ũguo nĩ kuuga Mũrutani), “ũikaraga kũ?”
39Nake akĩmacookeria atĩrĩ, “Ũkai na nĩmũkuona.”
Nĩ ũndũ ũcio magĩthiĩ makĩona kũrĩa aikaraga, na magĩikara nake mũthenya ũcio. Na kwarĩ ta thaa ikũmi.
40Na rĩrĩ, ũmwe wa arutwo acio eerĩ arĩa maiguĩte ũrĩa Johana oigĩte na makĩrũmĩrĩra Jesũ aarĩ Anderea, mũrũ wa nyina na Simoni Petero. 411:41 Joh 4:25Ũndũ wa mbere ũrĩa Anderea eekire nĩgũcaria mũrũ wa nyina Simoni, na kũmwĩra atĩrĩ, “Nĩtuonete Mesia” (nĩwe Kristũ). 421:42 Kĩam 17:5; Math 16:18Nake akĩmũtwara kũrĩ Jesũ.
Nake Jesũ akĩmũrora, akiuga atĩrĩ, “Wee nĩwe Simoni mũrũ wa Johana. Ũgũcooka gwĩtwo Kefa” (na rĩo rĩgĩtaũrwo nĩ kuuga Petero).
Jesũ gwĩta Filipu na Nathanieli
431:43 Math 10:3; Joh 6:5-7; 12:21Mũthenya ũyũ ũngĩ Jesũ agĩtua itua rĩa gũthiĩ Galili. Agĩkora Filipu, akĩmwĩra atĩrĩ, “Nũmĩrĩra.”
441:44 Math 11:21Filipu, o ta Petero na Anderea, aarĩ wa itũũra rĩa Bethisaida. 451:45 Luk 21:2; Luk 24:27Filipu agĩkora Nathanieli, akĩmwĩra atĩrĩ, “Nĩtuonete mũndũ ũrĩa Musa aandĩkire ũhoro wake Ibuku-inĩ rĩa Watho, na nowe anabii maandĩkire ũhoro wake, nake nĩwe Jesũ wa Nazarethi, mũrũ wa Jusufu.”
461:46 Joh 7:41, 42, 52Nake Nathanieli akĩmũũria atĩrĩ, “Kũrĩ kĩndũ kĩega kĩngiuma Nazarethi?”
Nake Filipu akĩmũcookeria atĩrĩ, “Ũka ũkoone.”
471:47 Arom 9:4, 6; Thab 32:2Hĩndĩ ĩrĩa Jesũ onire Nathanieli agĩũka kũrĩ we, akĩaria ũhoro wake, akiuga atĩrĩ, “Onei Mũisiraeli kũna ũtarĩ ũhinga.”
48Nake Nathanieli akĩmũũria atĩrĩ, “Ũnjũũĩ atĩa?”
Jesũ akĩmũcookeria atĩrĩ, “Nĩngũkuonete o na rĩrĩa uuma rungu rwa mũkũyũ, Filipu atanagwĩta.”
491:49 Joh 12:13Hĩndĩ ĩyo Nathanieli akiuga atĩrĩ, “Rabii, wee nĩwe Mũrũ wa Ngai; wee nĩwe Mũthamaki wa Isiraeli.”
50Nake Jesũ akiuga atĩrĩ, “Wetĩkia tondũ nĩndakwĩra atĩ nĩnguonire ũrĩ rungu rwa mũkũyũ. Nĩũkuona maũndũ manene kũrĩ macio.” 511:51 Kĩam 28:12; Math 8:20Ningĩ akĩmeera atĩrĩ, “Ngũmwĩra atĩrĩ na ma, nĩmũkona igũrũ rĩhingũkĩte na araika a Ngai makĩambata na magĩikũrũka, harĩ Mũrũ wa Mũndũ.”