New International Version

John 1:1-51

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.”

New Amharic Standard Version

ዮሐንስ 1:1-51

ቃል ሥጋ ሆነ

1በመጀመሪያ ቃል ነበረ፤ ቃልም ከእግዚአብሔር ጋር ነበረ፤ ቃልም እግዚአብሔር ነበረ። 2እርሱም በመጀመሪያ ከእግዚአብሔር ጋር ነበረ።

3ሁሉ ነገር በእርሱ ተፈጥሮአል፤ ከተፈጠረው ሁሉ ያለ እርሱ የተፈጠረ ምንም የለም። 4ሕይወት በእርሱ ነበረች፤ ይህች ሕይወት የሰው ብርሃን ነበረች። 5ብርሃንም በጨለማ ያበራል፤ ጨለማውም አላሸነፈውም።1፥5 ወይም ጨለማው ግን አላወቀውም

6ከእግዚአብሔር የተላከ ዮሐንስ የተባለ አንድ ሰው ነበረ። 7ሰዎች ሁሉ በእርሱ በኩል እንዲያምኑ፣ ስለ ብርሃን ምስክር ሆኖ ለመቆም መጣ፤ 8ስለ ብርሃን ሊመሰክር መጣ እንጂ እርሱ ራሱ ብርሃን አልነበረም። 9ለሰው ሁሉ ብርሃን ሰጪ የሆነው እውነተኛው ብርሃን ወደ ዓለም እየመጣ ነበር።1፥9 ወይም ይህ ወደ ዓለም ለሚመጣ ሰው ብርሃን የሚሰጥ እውነተኛው ብርሃን ነበረ

10እርሱ በዓለም ውስጥ ነበረ፤ ዓለም የተፈጠረው በእርሱ ቢሆንም እንኳ፣ ዓለም አላወቀውም። 11ወደ ራሱ ወገኖች መጣ፤ የገዛ ወገኖቹ ግን አልተቀበሉትም፤ 12ለተቀበሉትና በስሙ ላመኑት ሁሉ ግን የእግዚአብሔር ልጆች የመሆን መብት ሰጣቸው። 13እነዚህም ከእግዚአብሔር ተወለዱ እንጂ፣ ከደም1፥13 ወይም ከሰው ውሳኔ ወይም ከሥጋ ፈቃድ ወይም ከወንድ ፈቃድ አልተወለዱም።

14ቃልም ሥጋ ሆነ፤ በመካከላችንም አደረ፤ እኛም ጸጋንና እውነትን ተሞልቶ ከአባቱ ዘንድ የመጣውን የአንድያ1፥14 ወይም አንድ ልጁ የሆነው ልጅን ክብር አየን።

15ዮሐንስም፣ “ ‘ከእኔ በኋላ የሚመጣው ከእኔ በፊት ስለ ነበረ ከእኔ ይልቃል’ ብዬ የመሰከርሁለት እርሱ ነው” በማለት ጮኾ ስለ እርሱ መሰከረ። 16ከእርሱ ሙላት ሁላችንም በጸጋ ላይ ጸጋ ተቀብለናል፤ 17ሕግ በሙሴ በኩል ተሰጥቶ ነበር፤ ጸጋና እውነት ግን በኢየሱስ ክርስቶስ በኩል መጣ። 18ከቶውንም እግዚአብሔርን ያየ ማንም የለም፤ ነገር ግን በአብ እቅፍ ያለው አንድያ ልጁ1፥18 አንዳንድ ቅጆች አንድ ልጁ ይላሉ የሆነው አምላክ እርሱ ገለጠው።

መጥምቁ ዮሐንስ ራሱ ክርስቶስ እንዳልሆነ ተናገረ

19አይሁድ፣ ማንነቱን እንዲጠይቁት ካህናትንና ሌዋውያንን ከኢየሩሳሌም ወደ እርሱ ሲልኩ፣ ዮሐንስ የሰጠው ምስክርነት ይህ ነበር።

20ከመመስከርም ወደ ኋላ አላለም፤ “እኔ ክርስቶስ1፥20 ወይም መሲሕ “ክርስቶስ” (በግሪኩ) ቋንቋ እና “መሲሑ” በዕብራይስጡ ሁለቱም የተቀባ የሚል ትርጒም አላቸው፤ ቍ 25 ይመ። አይደለሁም” ብሎ በግልጽ መሰከረ።

21እነርሱም፣ “ታዲያ አንተ ማን ነህ? ኤልያስ ነህ?” ብለው ጠየቁት።

እርሱም፣ “አይደለሁም” አለ።

እነርሱም፣ “ታዲያ ነቢዩ ነህ?” አሉት።

እርሱም፣ “አይደለሁም” ሲል መለሰ።

22በመጨረሻም፣ “እንግዲያስ ማን ነህ? ለላኩን ሰዎች መልስ እንድንሰጥ ስለ ራስህ ምን ትላለህ?” አሉት።

23ዮሐንስም በነቢዩ በኢሳይያስ እንደ ተነገረው፣ “ ‘ለጌታ መንገድ አቅኑለት’ እያለ በምድረ በዳ የሚጮኽ ድምፅ እኔ ነኝ” ሲል መለሰ።

24ከተላኩትም ፈሪሳውያን አንዳንዶቹ፣ 25“ታዲያ፣ ክርስቶስ ወይም ኤልያስ ወይም ነቢዩ ካልሆንህ፤ ለምን ታጠምቃለህ?” ብለው ጠየቁት።

26ዮሐንስም እንዲህ ብሎ መለሰላቸው፤ “እኔ በውሃ1፥26 ወይም በውሃ ውስጥ ቍ 31 እና 33 ይመ አጠምቃለሁ፤ እናንተ የማታውቁት ግን በመካከላችሁ ቆሟል፤ 27ከእኔ በኋላ የሚመጣው፣ የጫማውን ማሰሪያ ለመፍታት እንኳ የማልበቃ እርሱ ነው።”

28ይህ ሁሉ የሆነው ዮሐንስ ሲያጠምቅ በነበረበት ከዮርዳኖስ ማዶ በቢታንያ ነበር።

የእግዚአብሔር በግ

29ዮሐንስ በማግሥቱ፣ ኢየሱስ ወደ እርሱ ሲመጣ አይቶ እንዲህ አለ፤ “እነሆ! የዓለምን ኀጢአት የሚያስወግድ የእግዚአብሔር በግ፤ 30‘ከእኔ በኋላ የሚመጣው ከእኔ በፊት ስለ ነበር ከእኔ ይልቃል’ ያልሁት እርሱ ነው፤ 31እኔ ራሴ አላወቅሁትም ነበር፤ በውሃ እያጠመቅሁ የመጣሁትም እርሱ በእስራኤል ዘንድ እንዲገለጥ ነው።”

32ከዚያም ዮሐንስ እንዲህ ሲል ምስክርነቱን ሰጠ፤ “መንፈስ እንደ ርግብ ከሰማይ ወርዶ በእርሱ ላይ ሲያርፍ አየሁ፤ 33በውሃ እንዳጠምቅ የላከኝም፣ ‘በመንፈስ ቅዱስ የሚያጠምቀው፣ መንፈስ ሲወርድና በርሱ ላይ ሲያርፍ የምታየው እርሱ ነው’ ብሎ እስከ ነገረኝ ድረስ እኔም አላወቅሁትም ነበር፤ 34አይቻለሁ፣ እርሱ የእግዚአብሔር ልጅ እንደሆነ እመሰክራለሁ።”

የመጀመሪያዎቹ የኢየሱስ ደቀ መዛሙርት

1፥40-42 ተጓ ምብ – ማቴ 4፥18-22፤ ማር 1፥16-20፤ ሉቃ 5፥2-11

35በማግሥቱ፣ ዮሐንስ ከሁለቱ ደቀ መዛሙርቱ ጋር እንደ ገና እዚያው ቦታ ነበር፤ 36ኢየሱስንም በዚያ ሲያልፍ አይቶ፣ “እነሆ! የእግዚአብሔር በግ” አለ።

37ሁለቱ ደቀ መዛሙርትም ይህን ሲናገር ሰምተው ኢየሱስን ተከተሉት። 38ኢየሱስም ዘወር ብሎ ሲከተሉት አየና፣ “ምን ትፈልጋላችሁ?” ብሎ ጠየቃቸው።

እነርሱም፣ “ረቢ፣ የት ትኖራለህ?” አሉት፤ ‘ረቢ’ ማለት መምህር ማለት ነው።

39እርሱም፣ “ኑና እዩ” አላቸው።

ስለዚህ ሄደው የት እንደሚኖር አዩ፤ በዚያም ዕለት አብረውት ዋሉ፤ ከቀኑም ዐሥር ሰዓት ያህል ነበር።

40ዮሐንስ የተናገረውን ሰምተው፣ ኢየሱስን ከተከሉት ከሁለቱ አንዱ የስምዖን ጴጥሮስ ወንድም እንድርያስ ነበር። 41እንድርያስ በመጀመሪያ ያደረገው ወንድሙን ስምዖንን ፈልጎ፣ “መሲሑን አገኘነው” ብሎ መንገር ነው፤ ‘መሲሕ’ ማለት ክርስቶስ ማለት ነው። 42ወደ ኢየሱስም አመጣው።

ኢየሱስም ተመለከተውና፣ “አንተ የዮና ልጅ ስምዖን ነህ፤ ኬፋ ተብለህ ትጠራለህ” አለው፤ ‘ኬፋ’ ማለት ጴጥሮስ ማለት ነው።1፥42 ኬፋ የሚለው የአራማይክ ቃልና ጴጥሮስ የሚለው የግሪኩ ቃል ትርጒም ዐለት ማለት ነው።

ኢየሱስ ፊልጶስንና ናትናኤልን ጠራቸው

43በማግሥቱ፣ ኢየሱስ ወደ ገሊላ ለመሄድ ፈለገ፤ ፊልጶስንም አግኝቶ፣ “ተከተለኝ” አለው።

44ፊልጶስም እንደ እንድርያስና እንደ ጴጥሮስ ሁሉ የቤተ ሳይዳ ከተማ ሰው ነበረ። 45ፊልጶስ ናትናኤልን አግኝቶ፣ “ሙሴ በሕግ መጻሕፍት፣ ነቢያትም ስለ እርሱ የጻፉለትን የዮሴፍን ልጅ የናዝሬቱ ኢየሱስን አግኝተነዋል” አለው።

46ናትናኤልም፣ “ከናዝሬት በጎ ነገር ሊወጣ ይችላልን?” አለ።

ፊልጶስም፣ “መጥተህ እይ” አለው።

47ኢየሱስም፣ ናትናኤል ወደ እርሱ ሲመጣ አይቶ፣ “እነሆ፤ ተንኮል የሌለበት እውነተኛ እስራኤላዊ” አለ።

48ናትናኤልም “እንዴት አወቅኸኝ?” ሲል ጠየቀው።

ኢየሱስም፣ “ከበለስ ዛፍ ሥር ሳለህ፣ ገና ፊሊጶስ ሳይጠራህ አየሁህ” ሲል መለሰለት።

49ናትናኤልም መልሶ፣ “ረቢ አንተ የእግዚአብሔር ልጅ ነህ፤ አንተ የእስራኤል ንጉሥ ነህ” አለ።

50ኢየሱስም፣ “ያመንኸው ከበለስ ዛፍ ሥር አየሁህ ስላልሁህ ነውን?1፥50 ወይም ከበለስ ዛፍ ሥር አየሁህ ስላልሁህ አመንህ? ገና ከዚህ የሚበልጥ ነገር ታያለህ” አለው፤ 51ጨምሮም፣ “እውነት እላችኋለሁ፣ ሰማይ ተከፍቶ፣ የእግዚአብሔርም መላእክት በሰው ልጅ ላይ ሲወጡና ሲወርዱ ታያላችሁ” አለው።