Swedish Contemporary Bible

John 1

Gud blev människa

1I början fanns Ordet[a]. Ordet fanns hos Gud, och Ordet var Gud. 2Han fanns hos Gud i början. 3Genom honom blev allting till, och utan honom blev ingenting till av det som finns till. 4I honom fanns livet, och livet var människornas ljus. 5Ljuset lyser i mörkret, och mörkret har inte övervunnit[b] det.

6Det kom en man, sänd av Gud, som hette Johannes, 7för att vittna om ljuset, så att alla skulle kunna komma till tro genom honom. 8Själv var han inte ljuset. Han var bara den som skulle vittna om ljuset. 9Det sanna ljuset, han som är hela mänsklighetens ljus, skulle nu komma in i världen.

10Han var i världen, och genom honom hade världen blivit till, men världen kände inte igen honom. 11Han kom till det som var hans eget, och hans egna tog inte emot honom. 12Men åt alla som tog emot honom gav han rätten att bli Guds barn, åt alla som tror på hans namn 13och som inte är födda genom blod, eller köttets vilja, eller av någon mans vilja, utan av Gud.

14Och Ordet blev människa och levde bland oss. Vi såg hans härlighet, den härlighet som den ende Sonen har fått av sin Fader. Han var full av nåd och sanning.

15Johannes vittnar om honom och ropar: ”Det var om honom jag sa: ’Han som kommer efter mig är före mig, för han fanns till före mig.[c]’ ”

16Av hans fullhet har vi alla fått ta emot nåd och åter nåd. 17Lagen gavs genom Mose, men genom Jesus Kristus kom nåden och sanningen. 18Ingen har någonsin sett Gud, men hans ende Son, som själv är Gud[d] och är vid Faderns sida, han har gjort honom känd.

Johannes döparen talar om Jesus

(Matt 3:1-12; Mark 1:2-8; Luk 3:1-18)

19Detta var Johannes vittnesbörd när judarna hade skickat präster och leviter från Jerusalem, för att fråga honom vem han var. 20Johannes döparen bekände, utan att förneka bekände han: ”Jag är inte Messias.”

21”Vem är du då?” frågade de. ”Är du Elia[e]?”

”Nej”, svarade han, ”det är jag inte.”

”Är du profeten[f]?”

”Nej”, svarade han.

22Då sa de: ”Vem är du då? Något svar måste vi ha att ge till dem som har sänt oss. Vad säger du om dig själv?”

23Han svarade: ”Jag är en röst som ropar i ödemarken: ’Bana väg för Herren![g]’ som profeten Jesaja har sagt.”

24De som hade sänts ut av fariseerna 25frågade honom nu: ”Varför döper du om du varken är Messias eller Elia eller profeten?”

26Johannes svarade dem: ”Jag döper i vatten, men mitt ibland er står en som ni inte känner. 27Han är den som kommer efter mig, och jag är inte ens värdig att knyta upp hans sandalremmar.[h]

28Detta hände i Betania, på andra sidan Jordanfloden, där Johannes döpte.

Jesus är Guds lamm

29Nästa dag såg han Jesus komma emot honom och sa: ”Där är Guds lamm, som tar bort världens synd. 30Det var honom jag talade om när jag sa: ’Han som kommer efter mig är före mig, för han fanns till före mig.’ 31Jag kände honom inte, men för att han ska uppenbaras för Israel har jag kommit för att döpa i vatten.”

32Johannes vittnade: ”Jag såg Anden komma ner från himlen som en duva och stanna kvar över honom. 33Jag kände honom inte, men han som sände mig för att döpa i vatten sa till mig: ’Den du ser Anden komma ner och stanna kvar över är den som döper i den heliga Anden.’ 34Jag har sett det och vittnat att han är Guds Son[i].”

De första lärjungarna

35Dagen efter stod Johannes döparen där igen med två av sina lärjungar, 36och när Jesus kom gående förbi såg Johannes på honom och sa: ”Där är Guds lamm!”

37De båda lärjungarna hörde detta och började följa Jesus. 38När Jesus då vände sig om och såg att de följde efter honom, frågade han dem: ”Är det något ni vill?”

De svarade: ”Rabbi (det betyder mästare), var bor du?”

39Då sa Jesus: ”Kom med mig och se.” Och så gick de med honom till den plats där han bodde. Det var runt fyra-tiden på eftermiddagen, och de stannade sedan hos honom den dagen. 40Den ene av de två som hade hört vad Johannes sa och sedan följt efter Jesus var Andreas, Simon Petrus bror.

41Denne letade först reda på sin bror Simon och sa till honom: ”Vi har funnit Messias” (Messias betyder Kristus). [j]42Och han tog med sig honom till Jesus. Jesus såg då på honom och sa: ”Du är Simon, Johannes son. Men du ska kallas Kefas (det betyder Petrus).[k]

43Dagen därpå tänkte Jesus gå till Galileen. Då träffade han Filippos och sa till honom: ”Följ mig.” 44Filippos var från Betsaida, Andreas och Petrus hemstad.

45Filippos fann Natanael och sa till honom: ”Vi har funnit honom som Moses lag och profeterna talar om, Jesus, Son till Josef, från Nasaret.”

46”Nasaret!” sa Natanael. ”Kan något gott komma därifrån?”

”Kom och se själv”, svarade Filippos.

47När Jesus såg Natanael närma sig, sa han: ”Här kommer en sann israelit[l]. Det finns inget svek i honom.”

48”Hur kan du känna mig?” undrade Natanael.

Jesus svarade: ”Jag såg dig under fikonträdet innan Filippos kallade på dig.”

49Då sa Natanael: ”Rabbi, du är Guds Son, Israels kung!”

50Men Jesus sa till honom: ”Tror du detta för att jag sa att jag såg dig under fikonträdet? Du kommer att få se större ting än så.” 51Han sa vidare: ”Ja, sannerligen[m] säger jag er: ni ska få se himlen öppen och Guds änglar stiga upp och stiga ner över Människosonen.”[n]

Notas al pie

  1. 1:1 Ordet, logos på grekiska, varifrån t.ex. vårt ord ”logik” kommer, kunde för grekerna betyda ”tanken, den princip som styr universum”. I modernt språkbruk skulle man också kunna förknippa det med ”information”. I Nya testamentet syftar det på Kristus som Guds verksamma ord alltifrån skapelsen.
  2. 1:5 Det grekiska ordet betyder också förstå, inse.
  3. 1:15 Mänskligt sett var Johannes 6 månader äldre än Jesus. Jfr Luk 1:26.
  4. 1:18 Det finns små skillnader i tidiga handskrifter: den ende/enfödde Sonen / den ende Gud(s) Son.
  5. 1:21 Jfr 2 Kung 2:1-11.
  6. 1:21 Jfr 5 Mos 18:15,18, där Mose säger att en profet lik honom skulle komma.
  7. 1:23 Se Jes 40:3.
  8. 1:27 Detta var en slavs uppgift.
  9. 1:34 Enligt en del handskrifter: Guds utvalde.
  10. 1:41 Se not till Matt 1:1.
  11. 1:42 Kefas (arameiska) och Petrus (grekiska) betyder båda klippa.
  12. 1:47 Israelit betyder efterkommande till Israel, som också hette Jakob. Jfr 1 Mos 32:27-28.
  13. 1:51 Typiskt för detta evangelium är det dubbla användandet av amen, dvs. sannerligen.
  14. 1:51 För Människosonen, se not till Matt 8:20. Jfr f.ö. med berättelsen om Jakobs stege i 1 Mos 28:10-17.

Amplified Bible

John 1

The Deity of Jesus Christ

1In the beginning [before all time] was the Word ([a]Christ), and the Word was with God, and [b]the Word was God Himself. He was [continually existing] in the beginning [co-eternally] with God. All things were made and came into existence through Him; and without Him not even one thing was made that has come into being. In Him was life [and the power to bestow life], and the life was the Light of men. The Light shines on in the [c]darkness, and the darkness did not understand it or overpower it or appropriate it or absorb it [and is unreceptive to it].

The Witness of John the Baptist

There came a man commissioned and sent from God, whose name was [d]John. This man came as a witness, to testify about the Light, so that all might believe [in Christ, the Light] through him. John was not the Light, but came to testify about the Light.

There it was—the true Light [the genuine, perfect, steadfast Light] which, coming into the world, enlightens everyone. 10 He (Christ) was in the world, and though the world was made through Him, the world did not recognize Him. 11 He came to that which was His own [that which belonged to Him—His world, His creation, His possession], and those who were His own [people—the Jewish nation] did not receive and welcome Him. 12 But to as many as did receive and welcome Him, He gave the right [the authority, the privilege] to become children of God, that is, to those who believe in (adhere to, trust in, and rely on) His name— 13 who were born, not of blood [natural conception], nor of the will of the flesh [physical impulse], nor of the will of man [that of a natural father], but of God [that is, a divine and supernatural birth—they are born of God—spiritually transformed, renewed, sanctified].

The Word Made Flesh

14 And the Word (Christ) became flesh, and lived among us; and we [actually] saw His glory, glory as belongs to the [One and] only begotten Son of the Father, [the Son who is truly unique, the only One of His kind, who is] full of grace and truth (absolutely free of deception). 15 John testified [repeatedly] about Him and [e]has cried out [testifying officially for the record, with validity and relevance], “This was He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me [f]has a higher rank than I and has priority over me, for He existed before me.’” 16 For out of His fullness [the superabundance of His grace and truth] we have all received grace upon grace [spiritual blessing upon spiritual blessing, favor upon favor, and gift heaped upon gift]. 17 For the Law was given through Moses, but grace [the unearned, undeserved favor of God] and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has seen God [His essence, His divine nature] at any time; the [One and] only begotten God [that is, the unique Son] who is in the intimate presence of the Father, He has explained Him [and interpreted and revealed the awesome wonder of the Father].

The Testimony of John

19 This is the testimony of John [the Baptist] when the Jews sent priests and Levites to him from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” 20 And he confessed [truthfully] and did not deny [that he was only a man], but acknowledged, “I am not the Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed)!” 21 They asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?” And he said, “I am not.” “Are you the [promised] Prophet?” And he answered, “No.” 22 Then they said to him, “Who are you? Tell us, so that we may give an answer to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?” 23 He said, “I am the voice of one shouting in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord,’ as the prophet Isaiah said.”

24 Now they had been sent from the Pharisees. 25 They asked him, “Why then are you baptizing, if you are not the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?” 26 John answered them, “I baptize [only] [g]in water, but among you there stands One whom you do not recognize and of whom you know nothing. 27 It is He [the preeminent One] who comes after me, the [h]strap of whose sandal I am not worthy to untie [even as His slave].” 28 These things occurred in Bethany across the Jordan [at the Jordan River crossing], where John was baptizing.

29 The next day he saw Jesus coming to him and said, “Look! The Lamb of God [i]who takes away the sin of the world! 30 This is He on behalf of whom I said, ‘After me comes a Man who has a higher rank than I and has priority over me, for He existed before me.’ 31 [j]I did not recognize Him [as the Messiah]; but I came baptizing [k]in water so that He would be [publicly] revealed to Israel.” 32 John gave [further] evidence [testifying officially for the record, with validity and relevance], saying, “I have seen the [l]Spirit descending as a dove out of heaven, and He remained upon Him. 33 I did not recognize Him [as the Messiah], but He who sent me to baptize [m]in water said to me, ‘He upon whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, this One is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ 34 I myself have [actually] seen [that happen], and my testimony is that this is the Son of God!”

Jesus’ Public Ministry, First Converts

35 Again the next day John was standing with two of his disciples, 36 and he looked at Jesus as He walked along, and said, “Look! The Lamb of God!” 37 The two disciples heard him say this, and they [n]followed Jesus. 38 And Jesus turned and saw them following Him, and asked them, “What do you want?” They answered Him, “Rabbi (which translated means Teacher), where are You staying?” 39 He said to them, “Come, and you will see.” So they went [with Him] and saw where He was staying; and they stayed with Him that day, for it was about the [o]tenth hour. 40 One of the two who heard what John said and [as a result] followed Jesus was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. 41 He first looked for and found his own brother Simon and told him, “We have found the [p]Messiah” (which translated means the Christ). 42 Andrew brought Simon to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon the son of John. You shall be called Cephas (which is translated [q]Peter).”

43 The next day Jesus decided to go into Galilee, and He found Philip and said to him, “Follow Me [as My disciple, accepting Me as your Master and Teacher, and walking the same path of life that I walk].” 44 Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 45 Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the One Moses in the Law and also the Prophets wrote about—Jesus from Nazareth, the son of Joseph [according to public record].” 46 Nathanael answered him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip replied, “Come and see.” 47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward Him, and said of him, “Here is an Israelite indeed [a true descendant of Jacob], in whom there is no guile nor deceit nor duplicity!” 48 Nathanael said to Jesus, “How do You know [these things about] me?” Jesus answered, “Before Philip called you, when you were still under the fig tree, I saw you.” 49 Nathanael answered, “Rabbi (Teacher), You are the Son of God; You are the King of Israel.” 50 Jesus replied, “Because I said to you that I saw you under the fig tree, do you believe [in Me]? You will see greater things than this.” 51 Then He said to him, “I assure you and most solemnly say to you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man [the bridge between heaven and earth].”

Notas al pie

  1. John 1:1 In John the Apostle’s vision (Rev 19), he sees Christ returning as Warrior-Messiah-King, and “...His name is called The Word of God...and LORD OF LORDS.” (Rev 19:13, 16).
  2. John 1:1 In this phrase, “God” appears first in the Greek word order, emphasizing the fact that “the Word” (Christ) was God—so “God Himself.”
  3. John 1:5 I.e. the world immersed in sin: all that stands in opposition to God and biblical truth.
  4. John 1:6 The births of both John the Baptist and Jesus were foretold by the angel, Gabriel (Luke 1:5-80). This passage is about John the Baptist, the son of Zacharias the priest and his wife, Elizabeth. Elizabeth was related to Mary the mother of Jesus (Luke 1:36). John the Baptist is considered to be the last of the OT prophets, and is not to be confused with John the Apostle who wrote this Gospel, three brief letters (1 John, 2 John, 3 John) and Revelation.
  5. John 1:15 Here John the writer uses the Greek perfect tense (“has cried out”), emphasizing the truth and continuing importance of John the Baptist’s testimony.
  6. John 1:15 Lit has become before (in front of) me, because He was first of me. The Greek is difficult because John the Baptist was making a word-play on the adverbs/adjective “after” (or “behind”), “before,” and “first.” The playful wording assumes the form of a riddle which, like some of Jesus’ parables, conceals the speaker’s meaning from those who are hostile toward him and have neither the patience nor the spiritual inclination to learn from him.
  7. John 1:26 The Greek here can be translated in, with or by.
  8. John 1:27 During this era it was customary for a household servant to remove a guest’s sandals and wash the dust from his feet. John is saying that he is not worthy even to remove Christ’s sandal, let alone to touch His feet.
  9. John 1:29 John is referring to the fulfillment of the need for the OT Passover lambs which was now fulfilled in Christ’s sacrifice, the ultimate and final sacrifice for sins.
  10. John 1:31 John the Baptist and Jesus were related through their mothers, Elizabeth and Mary, but He was unknown as the Messiah until God revealed it to John at the beginning of Jesus’ ministry.
  11. John 1:31 The Greek here can be translated in, with or by.
  12. John 1:32 The descent of the Holy Spirit identified Jesus in His humanity for His ministry as the Messiah.
  13. John 1:33 The Greek here can be translated in, with or by.
  14. John 1:37 The concept of “follow” can represent three separate possibilities: in the early stages of His ministry (1) walking with Him physically (literally), that is merely being in His presence regardless of personal belief or commitment; (2) accepting and identifying with the salvation He offered; and later on (3) being identified with Him by being subject to the scorn and rejection of unbelievers because of personal belief and commitment to Him.
  15. John 1:39 The Romans reckoned time from midnight, so in Roman time the tenth hour would be 10:00 a.m. The Jews reckoned daytime from sunrise (about 6:00 a.m.), so in their system the tenth hour would be 4:00 p.m. Here, either time is possible, though the Roman reckoning may be more likely because if it were 4:00 p.m. the disciples might have felt compelled to go home before evening set in.
  16. John 1:41 The words “Messiah” and “Christ” are not personal names, but titles derived respectively from Hebrew and Greek verbs meaning “to anoint.”
  17. John 1:42 I.e. rock or stone in Greek.