1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2The same was in the beginning with God. 3All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4In him was life; and the life was the light of men. 5And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
6¶ There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. 8He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. 9That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. 10He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. 11He came unto his own, and his own received him not. 12But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 13Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. 14And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
15¶ John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me. 16And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace. 17For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. 18No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.
19¶ And this is the record of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, Who art thou? 20And he confessed, and denied not; but confessed, I am not the Christ. 21And they asked him, What then? Art thou Elias? And he saith, I am not. Art thou that prophet? And he answered, No. 22Then said they unto him, Who art thou? that we may give an answer to them that sent us. What sayest thou of thyself? 23He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias. 24And they which were sent were of the Pharisees. 25And they asked him, and said unto him, Why baptizest thou then, if thou be not that Christ, nor Elias, neither that prophet? 26John answered them, saying, I baptize with water: but there standeth one among you, whom ye know not; 27He it is, who coming after me is preferred before me, whose shoe’s latchet I am not worthy to unloose. 28These things were done in Bethabara beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing.
29¶ The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. 30This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me. 31And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water. 32And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him. 33And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost. 34And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.
35¶ Again the next day after John stood, and two of his disciples; 36And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God! 37And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus. 38Then Jesus turned, and saw them following, and saith unto them, What seek ye? They said unto him, Rabbi, (which is to say, being interpreted, Master,) where dwellest thou? 39He saith unto them, Come and see. They came and saw where he dwelt, and abode with him that day: for it was about the tenth hour. 40One of the two which heard John speak, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. 41He first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, We have found the Messias, which is, being interpreted, the Christ. 42And he brought him to Jesus. And when Jesus beheld him, he said, Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas, which is by interpretation, A stone.
43¶ The day following Jesus would go forth into Galilee, and findeth Philip, and saith unto him, Follow me. 44Now Philip was of Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 45Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph. 46And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see. 47Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile! 48Nathanael saith unto him, Whence knowest thou me? Jesus answered and said unto him, Before that Philip called thee, when thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee. 49Nathanael answered and saith unto him, Rabbi, thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel. 50Jesus answered and said unto him, Because I said unto thee, I saw thee under the fig tree, believest thou? thou shalt see greater things than these. 51And he saith unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man.
Neno Alifanyika Mwili
11:1 1Yn 1:2; Yn 17:5; Flp 2:6; Isa 55:11Hapo mwanzo alikuwako Neno, huyo Neno alikuwa pamoja na Mungu, naye Neno alikuwa Mungu. 21:2 Ufu 1:8; Mwa 1:1Tangu mwanzo huyo Neno alikuwa pamoja na Mungu.
31:3 Kol 1:16; Ebr 1:2Vitu vyote viliumbwa kwa yeye, wala pasipo yeye hakuna chochote kilichoumbwa ambacho kimeumbwa. 41:4 1Yn 5:20; Ufu 1:8; Yn 12:46Ndani yake ndimo ulimokuwa uzima na huo uzima ulikuwa nuru ya watu. 51:5 Yn 3:19Nuru hungʼaa gizani nalo giza halikuishinda.
61:6 Mt 3:1Alikuja mtu mmoja aliyetumwa kutoka kwa Mungu, jina lake Yohana. 71:7 Yn 3:26; 5:33; 3:15Alikuja kama shahidi apate kuishuhudia hiyo nuru, ili kwa kupitia kwake watu wote waweze kuamini. 81:8 Yn 1:20Yeye mwenyewe hakuwa ile nuru, bali alikuja kuishuhudia hiyo nuru. 91:9 1Yn 2:8; Isa 49:6Kwamba nuru halisi, imwangaziayo kila mtu ilikuwa inakuja ulimwenguni.
101:10 Yn 1:3; Ebr 1:2; 11; 3Huyo Neno alikuwako ulimwenguni na ingawa ulimwengu uliumbwa kupitia kwake, haukumtambua. 111:11 Lk 19:14; Mdo 3:26; 13:46Alikuja kwa walio wake, lakini wao hawakumpokea. 121:12 Isa 56:5; Rum 8:15; Gal 3:26; 2Pet 1:4; 1Yn 3:1Bali wote waliompokea, aliwapa uwezo wa kufanyika watoto wa Mungu, ndio wale waliaminio jina lake. 131:13 Tit 3:5; Yak 1:18Hawa ndio wasiozaliwa kwa damu, wala kwa mapenzi ya mwili au kwa mapenzi ya mtu, bali kwa mapenzi ya Mungu.
141:14 1Yn 1:1-2; 4:2; Yn 14:6Neno alifanyika mwili, akakaa miongoni mwetu, nasi tukauona utukufu wake, utukufu kama wa Mwana pekee atokaye kwa Baba, amejaa neema na kweli.
151:15 Yn 1:32; 3:32; 5:33; Mt 3:11; Mk 1:7; Lk 3:16; Yn 1:27, 30; 3:31; 8:58; Kol 1:17Yohana alishuhudia habari zake, akapaza sauti, akisema, “Huyu ndiye yule niliyewaambia kwamba, ‘Yeye ajaye baada yangu ni mkuu kuniliko mimi, kwa kuwa alikuwepo kabla yangu.’ ” 161:16 Kol 1:19; 2:9Kutokana na ukamilifu wake, sisi sote tumepokea neema juu ya neema. 171:17 Kum 32:46Kwa kuwa sheria ilitolewa kwa mkono wa Mose, lakini neema na kweli imekuja kupitia Yesu Kristo. 18Hakuna mtu yeyote aliyemwona Mungu wakati wowote, ila ni Mungu Mwana pekee, aliye kifuani mwa Baba ndiye ambaye amemdhihirisha.
Ushuhuda Wa Yohana Mbatizaji
(Mathayo 3:1-12; Marko 1:1-8; Luka 3:1-18)
191:19 Yn 7:1; 10:24Huu ndio ushuhuda wa Yohana wakati Wayahudi walipowatuma makuhani na Walawi kutoka Yerusalemu kumuuliza, “Wewe ni nani?” 201:20 Yn 3:28; Lk 3:15-16Yohana alikiri waziwazi pasipo kuficha akasema, “Mimi si Kristo.”1:20 Kristo maana yake ni Masiya, yaani Aliyetiwa mafuta.
211:21 Kum 18:15; Mt 11:4Wakamuuliza, “Wewe ni nani basi? Je, wewe ni Eliya?”
Yeye akajibu, “Hapana, mimi siye.”
“Je, wewe ni yule Nabii?”
22Ndipo wakasema, “Basi tuambie wewe ni nani ili tupate jibu la kuwapelekea wale waliotutuma. Wewe wasemaje juu yako mwenyewe?”
231:23 Mt 3:1; Isa 40:3Akawajibu kwa maneno ya nabii Isaya, akisema, “Mimi ni sauti ya mtu aliaye nyikani, ‘Yanyoosheni mapito ya Bwana.’ ”
24Basi walikuwa wametumwa watu kutoka kwa Mafarisayo 251:25 Mt 21:25wakamuuliza, “Kama wewe si Kristo, wala si Eliya na wala si yule Nabii, kwa nini basi unabatiza?”
261:26 Mt 3:11; Mk 1:7, 8Yohana akawajibu, “Mimi ninabatiza kwa maji,1:26 Hapa tafsiri zingine zinasema ndani ya maji. lakini katikati yenu yupo mtu msiyemjua. 271:27 Yn 3:26; Mdo 13:25Yeye ajaye baada yangu, sistahili hata kufungua kamba za viatu vyake.”
281:28 Yn 3:26; 10:40Mambo haya yote yalitukia huko Bethania, ngʼambo ya Mto Yordani, mahali Yohana alipokuwa akibatiza.
Yesu Mwana-Kondoo Wa Mungu
291:29 Mwa 22:8; Ufu 5:6Siku iliyofuata, Yohana alimwona Yesu akimjia akasema, “Tazama, Mwana-Kondoo wa Mungu aichukuaye dhambi ya ulimwengu! 301:30 Yn 15:27Huyu ndiye yule niliyewaambia kwamba, ‘Mtu anakuja baada yangu ambaye ni mkuu kuniliko mimi, kwa kuwa alikuwepo kabla yangu.’ 311:31 Mal 3:1; Mt 3:6; Lk 1:17, 76, 77; 3:3, 4Mimi mwenyewe sikumfahamu, lakini sababu ya kuja nikibatiza kwa maji ni ili yeye apate kufunuliwa kwa Israeli.”
321:32 Mt 3:16; Mk 1:10Kisha Yohana akatoa ushuhuda huu: “Nilimwona Roho akishuka kutoka mbinguni kama hua, akakaa juu yake. 331:33 Mk 1:4; Mt 3:11Mimi nisingemtambua, lakini yeye aliyenituma nibatize kwa maji alikuwa ameniambia, ‘Yule mtu utakayemwona Roho akimshukia na kukaa juu yake, huyo ndiye atakayebatiza kwa Roho Mtakatifu.’ 341:34 Mt 4:3Mimi mwenyewe nimeona jambo hili na ninashuhudia kuwa huyu ndiye Mwana wa Mungu.”
Wanafunzi Wa Kwanza Wa Yesu
351:35 Mt 3:1Siku iliyofuata, Yohana alikuwa huko tena pamoja na wanafunzi wake wawili. 361:36 Yn 1:29Alipomwona Yesu akipita, akasema, “Tazama, Mwana-Kondoo wa Mungu!”
37Wale wanafunzi wawili walipomsikia Yohana akisema haya, wakamfuata Yesu. 381:38 Mt 23:7Yesu akageuka, akawaona wakimfuata akawauliza, “Mnataka nini?”
Wakamwambia, “Rabi,” (maana yake Mwalimu), “Unaishi wapi?”
39Yesu akawajibu, “Njooni, nanyi mtapaona!”
Hivyo wakaenda na kupaona mahali alipokuwa anaishi, wakakaa naye siku ile, kwa kuwa ilikuwa yapata saa kumi.
401:40 Mt 4:18-22Andrea nduguye Simoni Petro, alikuwa mmoja wa wale wawili waliosikia yale Yohana aliyokuwa amesema, naye ndiye alimfuata Yesu. 411:41 Yn 4:25Kitu cha kwanza Andrea alichofanya ni kumtafuta Simoni nduguye na kumwambia, “Tumemwona Masiya” (yaani, Kristo). 421:42 Mwa 32:28; Mt 16:18Naye akamleta kwa Yesu.
Yesu akamwangalia na kusema, “Wewe ni Simoni mwana wa Yohana. Utaitwa Kefa” (ambalo limetafsiriwa Petro1:42 Petro kwa Kiyunani au Kefa kwa Kiaramu; maana yake ni Kipande cha mwamba.).
Yesu Awaita Filipo Na Nathanaeli
431:43 Mt 10:3; Yn 14:8-9; Mt 4:9Siku iliyofuata Yesu aliamua kwenda Galilaya. Akamkuta Filipo, akamwambia, “Nifuate.”
441:44 Yn 12:21Basi Filipo alikuwa mwenyeji wa Bethsaida, mji alikotoka Andrea na Petro. 451:45 Yn 21:2; Lk 24:27; Mt 2:23; Lk 3:23Filipo naye akamkuta Nathanaeli na kumwambia, “Tumemwona yeye ambaye Mose aliandika habari zake katika Sheria na ambaye pia manabii waliandika kumhusu, yaani, Yesu wa Nazareti, mwana wa Yosefu.”
461:46 Yn 7:41-42, 52Nathanaeli akauliza, “Nazareti! Je, kitu chochote chema chaweza kutoka Nazareti?” Filipo akamwambia, “Njoo uone.”
471:47 Za 32:2; Rum 9:4-6Yesu alipomwona Nathanaeli anakaribia, akanena habari zake akasema, “Tazama huyu ni Mwisraeli kweli kweli; hana hila ndani yake.”
48Nathanaeli akamuuliza, “Umenifahamuje?”
Yesu akamjibu, “Nilikuona ulipokuwa bado uko chini ya mtini, kabla hata Filipo hajakuita.”
491:49 Mt 23:7; 4:3; 2; 2; 27:42Nathanaeli akamwambia, “Rabi, wewe ni Mwana wa Mungu! Wewe ni Mfalme wa Israeli!”
50Yesu akamwambia, “Unaamini kwa kuwa nilikuambia nilikuona ulipokuwa bado uko chini ya mtini? Basi utaona mambo makuu zaidi kuliko hilo.” 511:51 Mt 3:16; 8:20; Mwa 28:12Ndipo akawaambia, “Amin, amin nawaambia, ninyi mtaona mbingu ikifunguka na malaika wa Mungu wakipanda na kushuka juu ya Mwana wa Adamu.”