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João 1

Cristo, a Palavra eterna

1No princípio era a Palavra, e a Palavra estava com Deus, e a Palavra era Deus. Aquele que é a Palavra sempre esteve com Deus. Criou tudo o que existe e nada existe que não tenha sido feito por ele. Nele está a vida eterna, e essa vida dá luz a toda a humanidade. A sua vida é a luz que brilha nas trevas, e estas nunca poderão pôr fim a essa luz.

6/7 Deus enviou João Baptista para dar testemunho da verdadeira luz. João não era a luz, mas apenas uma testemunha para que essa luz pudesse ser conhecida.

Mais tarde, veio aquele que é a verdadeira luz para brilhar sobre todo o ser humano.

10 Esteve neste mundo, que foi criado por ele, mas não o conheceram. 11 Veio para o seu povo e os seus não o receberam. 12 Mas a todos quantos o receberam deu­lhes o direito de se tornarem filhos de Deus. Bastava confiarem nele como Salvador. 13 Esses nascem de novo; não no corpo nem de geração humana, mas pela vontade de Deus.

14 A Palavra tornou­se homem e viveu aqui na Terra entre nós, cheio de amor e perdão, cheio de verdade. E vimos a sua glória, a glória do Filho único do Pai.

15 João deu testemunho dele clamando à multidão: “Eis aquele de quem eu falava quando disse: ‘Esse que vem depois de mim é muito maior do que eu, porque existia antes de mim’.”

16/17 Todos nós recebemos da abundância dos seus bens, e a sua graça contínua. Moisés deu­nos a lei, mas Jesus Cristo trouxe­nos a graça e a verdade. 18 Nunca ninguém viu Deus. Mas o seu Filho único, que vive na intimidade do Pai, no­lo revelou.

João Baptista nega ser o Cristo

19 Os chefes judaicos enviaram sacerdotes e sacerdotes auxiliares desde Jerusalém para perguntarem a João: “Quem és tu?” 20 E ele afirmou­lhes claramente:

“Eu não sou o Cristo.”

21 “Então quem és tu?”, repetiram. “Serás Elias?”

“Não”, respondeu.

“Serás o profeta?”

“Não.”

22 “Então quem és? É preciso que nos digas para que possamos responder aos que nos enviaram. Que tens a dizer de ti mesmo?”

23 João respondeu: “Sou, como anunciou Isaías,

    ‘Uma voz vinda do deserto e que grita:
    Preparem­se para a vinda do Senhor!’”

24/25 Então os enviados, que eram fariseus, perguntaram a João Baptista: “Se não és o Cristo, nem Elias, nem o profeta, porque baptizas tu?”

26/27 “Eu baptizo com água, mas aqui nesta multidão está alguém que não conhecem, e que em breve começará a sua obra no vosso meio; eu nem sequer sou digno de lhe descalçar o calçado.” 28 Deu­se isto em Betânia, uma localidade do outro lado do Jordão, onde João baptizava.

Jesus o Cordeiro de Deus

29/31 No dia seguinte, João viu Jesus aproximar­se e disse: “Olhem, ali está o cordeiro de Deus, que tira o pecado do mundo. É ele de quem eu falava quando disse: ‘Em breve virá um muito maior do que eu e que já existia antes de mim’. Eu não sabia que era ele, mas eu tenho estado a baptizar com água a fim de o revelar ao povo de Israel.”

32 Então João contou como vira o Espírito Santo descer do céu com a forma de uma pomba e pousar sobre Jesus. 33/34 “Não sabia que era ele”, repetiu João, “mas, quando Deus me enviou para baptizar, disse­me: ‘Quando vires o Espírito Santo descer e pousar sobre alguém, esse é aquele que baptizará com o Espírito Santo.’ Vi isso acontecer e dou testemunho de que é o Filho de Deus.”

Os primeiros discípulos de Jesus

35/36 No dia seguinte, estando João com dois dos seus discípulos, Jesus passou junto deles. João disse: “Aqui está o cordeiro de Deus!” 37 Então os dois discípulos de João voltaram­se e seguiram Jesus.

38 Olhando para trás, Jesus viu que eles o seguiam: “Que querem?”, perguntou­lhes.

“Senhor, onde vives?”

39 “Venham ver”. Assim, foram até ao lugar onde morava, e com ele ficaram desde cerca das quatro daquela tarde até ao fim do dia.

40 Um destes homens era André, irmão de Simão Pedro. 41 Então André foi à procura de seu irmão Pedro e disse­lhe: “Encontrámos o Messias!” (quer dizer o Cristo).

42 E levou­o para que conhecesse Jesus. Este olhou para Pedro durante um instante e disse: “Tu és Simão, filho de João, mas serás chamado Cefas (que quer dizer Pedro).”

Jesus chama Filipe e Natanael

43 Um dia depois, Jesus resolveu ir para a Galileia e, encontrando Filipe, disse­lhe: “Vem comigo.” 44 Filipe era de Betsaida, a terra natal de André e de Pedro.

45 Filipe, por sua vez, foi ter com Natanael e contou­lhe: “Encontrámos aquele acerca de quem Moisés e os profetas escreveram! O seu nome é Jesus, filho de José, de Nazaré.”

46 “De Nazaré?”, perguntou Natanael admirado. “Poderá vir daí alguma coisa boa?”

“Vem e vê!”, disse Filipe.

47 Ao aproximarem­se, Jesus disse: “Aí vem um homem honesto, um verdadeiro filho de Israel.”

48 “Como sabes o que sou?”, perguntou Natanael.

Jesus respondeu: “Vi­te debaixo da figueira, ainda antes de Filipe te ter encontrado.”

49 Então Natanael replicou: “Mestre, tu és o Filho de Deus, o rei de Israel!”

50 Jesus perguntou­lhe: “Acreditas nisso só por eu te dizer que te tinha visto debaixo da figueira? Terás provas muito mais fortes do que esta. 51 A verdade é que vocês hão­de ver o céu aberto e os anjos de Deus indo e vindo sobre mim, o Filho do Homem.”

New International Version - UK

John 1

The Word became flesh

1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome[a] it.

There was a man sent from God whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. He 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 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognise him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God – 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.

14 The 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.”’) 16 Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and[b] is in the closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.

John the Baptist denies being the Messiah

19 Now this was John’s testimony when the Jewish leaders[c] in Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask him who he was. 20 He did not fail to confess, but confessed freely, ‘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?’

He answered, ‘No.’

22 Finally they said, ‘Who are you? Give us an answer to take back to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?’

23 John 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.”’[d]

24 Now the Pharisees who had been sent 25 questioned him, ‘Why then do you baptise if you are not the Messiah, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?’

26 ‘I baptise with[e] water,’ John replied, ‘but among you stands one you do not know. 27 He is the one who comes after me, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie.’

28 This all happened at Bethany on the other side of the Jordan, where John was baptising.

John testifies about Jesus

29 The next day John saw Jesus coming towards him and said, ‘Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! 30 This is the one I meant when I said, “A man who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.” 31 I myself did not know him, but the reason I came baptising with water was that he might be revealed to Israel.’

32 Then John gave this testimony: ‘I saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him. 33 And I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptise with water told me, “The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is the one who will baptise with the Holy Spirit.” 34 I have seen and I testify that this is God’s Chosen One.’[f]

John’s disciples follow Jesus

35 The next day John was there again with two of his disciples. 36 When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, ‘Look, the Lamb of God!’

37 When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus. 38 Turning round, 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.

40 Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus. 41 The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, ‘We have found the Messiah’ (that is, the Christ). 42 And 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 Peter[g]).

Jesus calls Philip and Nathanael

43 The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. Finding Philip, he said to him, ‘Follow me.’

44 Philip, like Andrew and Peter, was from the town of Bethsaida. 45 Philip 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.

47 When 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.’

49 Then Nathanael declared, ‘Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the king of Israel.’

50 Jesus said, ‘You believe[h] because I told you I saw you under the fig-tree. You will see greater things than that.’ 51 He then added, ‘Very truly I tell you,[i] you[j] will see “heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on”[k] the Son of Man.’

Notas al pie

  1. John 1:5 Or understood
  2. John 1:18 Some manuscripts but the only Son, who
  3. John 1:19 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.
  4. John 1:23 Isaiah 40:3
  5. John 1:26 Or in; also in verses 31 and 33 (twice)
  6. John 1:34 See Isaiah 42:1; many manuscripts is the Son of God.
  7. John 1:42 Cephas (Aramaic) and Peter (Greek) both mean rock.
  8. John 1:50 Or Do you believe . . . ?
  9. John 1:51 The Greek is plural.
  10. John 1:51 The Greek is plural.
  11. John 1:51 Gen. 28:12