The Word Became a Human Being
1In the beginning, the Word was already there. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was with God in the beginning. 3All things were made through him. Nothing that has been made was made without him. 4Life was in him, and that life was the light for all people. 5The light shines in the darkness. But the darkness has not overcome the light.
6There was a man sent from God. His name was John. 7He came to be a witness about that light. He was a witness so that all people might believe. 8John 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. 10The Word was in the world. And the world was made through him. But the world did not recognize him. 11He came to what was his own. But his own people did not accept him. 12Some people did accept him and did believe in his name. He gave them the right to become children of God. 13To be a child of God has nothing to do with human parents. Children of God are not born because of human choice or because a husband wants them to be born. They are born because of what God does.
14The Word became a human being. He made his home with us. We have seen his glory. It is the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father. And the Word was full of grace and truth.
15John was a witness about the Word. John cried out and said, “This was the one I was talking about. I said, ‘He who comes after me is more important than I am. He is more important because he existed before I was born.’ ” 16God is full of grace. From him we have all received grace in place of the grace already given. 17In the past, God gave us grace through the law of Moses. Now, grace and truth come to us through Jesus Christ. 18No one has ever seen God. But the One and Only is God and is at the Father’s side. The one at the Father’s side has shown us what God is like.
John the Baptist Says That He Is Not the Messiah
19The Jewish leaders in Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask John who he was. John spoke the truth to them. 20He did not try to hide the truth. He spoke to them openly. He said, “I am not the Messiah.”
21They asked him, “Then who are you? Are you Elijah?”
He said, “I am not.”
“Are you the Prophet we’ve been expecting?” they asked.
“No,” he answered.
22They asked one last time, “Who are you? Give us an answer to take back to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?”
23John replied, using the words of Isaiah the prophet. John said, “I’m the messenger who is calling out in the desert, ‘Make the way for the Lord straight.’ ” (Isaiah 40:3)
24The Pharisees who had been sent 25asked him, “If you are not the Messiah, why are you baptizing people? Why are you doing that if you aren’t Elijah or the Prophet we’ve been expecting?”
26“I baptize people with water,” John replied. “But someone is standing among you whom you do not know. 27He is the one who comes after me. I am not good enough to untie his sandals.”
28This all happened at Bethany on the other side of the Jordan River. That was where John was baptizing.
What John Says About Jesus
29The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him. John said, “Look! The Lamb of God! He takes away the sin of the world! 30This is the one I was talking about. I said, ‘A man who comes after me is more important than I am. That’s because he existed before I was born.’ 31I did not know him. But God wants to make it clear to Israel who this person is. That’s the reason I came baptizing with water.”
32Then John told them, “I saw the Holy Spirit come down from heaven like a dove. The Spirit remained on Jesus. 33I myself did not know him. But the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘You will see the Spirit come down and remain on someone. He is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’ 34I have seen it happen. I am a witness that this is God’s Chosen One.”
John’s Disciples Follow Jesus
35The next day John was there again with two of his disciples. 36He saw Jesus walking by. John said, “Look! The Lamb of God!”
37The two disciples heard him say this. So they followed Jesus. 38Then Jesus turned around and saw them following. He asked, “What do you want?”
They said, “Rabbi, where are you staying?” Rabbi means Teacher.
39“Come,” he replied. “You will see.”
So they went and saw where he was staying. They spent the rest of the day with him. It was about four o’clock in the afternoon.
40Andrew was Simon Peter’s brother. Andrew was one of the two disciples who heard what John had said. He had also followed Jesus. 41The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon. He told him, “We have found the Messiah.” Messiah means Christ. 42And he brought Simon to Jesus.
Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon, son of John. You will be called Cephas.” Cephas means Peter, or Rock.
Jesus Chooses Philip and Nathanael
43The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.”
44Philip was from the town of Bethsaida. So were Andrew and Peter. 45Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one whom Moses wrote about in the Law. The prophets also wrote about him. He is Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”
46“Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked.
“Come and see,” said Philip.
47Jesus saw Nathanael approaching. Here is what Jesus said about him. “He is a true Israelite. Nothing about him is false.”
48“How do you know me?” Nathanael asked.
Jesus answered, “I saw you while you were still under the fig tree. I saw you there before Philip called you.”
49Nathanael replied, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God. You are the king of Israel.”
50Jesus said, “You believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree. You will see greater things than that.” 51Then he said to the disciples, “What I’m about to tell you is true. You will see heaven open. You will see the angels of God going up and coming down on the Son of Man.”
Hann A Ɛwɔ Sum Mu
1Ansa na wɔrebɛbɔ ewiase no, na Asɛm no wɔ hɔ dada. Na Asɛm no ne Onyankopɔn na ɛwɔ hɔ. Na Asɛm no yɛ Onyankopɔn. 2Ahyɛaseɛ no, na Asɛm no ne Onyankopɔn na ɛwɔ hɔ. 3Ɛnam ne so na wɔbɔɔ adeɛ nyinaa. Wɔankwati no anyɛ biribiara. 4Ne mu na nkwa wɔ; na saa nkwa no na ɛma nnipa hann. 5Hann no hyerɛn wɔ esum mu a esum no ntumi nni hann no so.
6Onyankopɔn somaa ɔbarima bi a wɔfrɛ no Yohane. 7Ɔbɛdii hann no ho adanseɛ sɛdeɛ ɛbɛma nnipa afa ne so agye hann no adi. 8Ɛnyɛ ɔno ankasa ne hann no, na mmom, ɔbaa sɛ ɔrebɛdi hann no ho adanseɛ.
9Saa hann yi ne nokorɛ hann a ɛba ewiase ma ɛhyerɛn nnipa nyinaa so no. 10Saa ɛberɛ no, na Asɛm no wɔ ewiase. Ɛwom sɛ Onyankopɔn nam ne so na ɔbɔɔ ewiase deɛ, nanso ɔbaa ewiase no, ewiase anhunu no. 11Ɔbaa nʼankasa ne ɔman mu, nanso ne manfoɔ annye no anto mu. 12Na wɔn a wɔgyee no, na wɔgyee ne din diiɛ no, ɔmaa wɔn tumi ma wɔbɛyɛɛ Onyankopɔn mma 13wɔ honhom fam, a ɛmfiri onipa anaa ɔhonam fam, na mmom ɛfiri Onyankopɔn ankasa.
14Asɛm no bɛyɛɛ onipa ne yɛn bɛtenaeɛ ma yɛhunuu nʼanimuonyam sɛ ɔba korɔ a ɔfiri Agya no nkyɛn a adom ne nokorɛ ahyɛ no ma.
15Yohane kaa ne ho asɛm sɛ, “Yei ne deɛ mekaa ne ho asɛm sɛ, ‘Deɛ ɔdi mʼakyi reba no yɛ kɛse sene me, ɛfiri sɛ, ɔwɔ hɔ ansa na wɔwoo me no.’ ” 16Ɔfiri ne mmɔborɔhunu a ɛtoɔ ntwa da no mu hyira yɛn nyinaa daa daa. 17Onyankopɔn nam Mose so de mmara maa yɛn, nanso ɛnam Yesu so na yɛnyaa adom ne nokorɛ. 18Obiara nhunuu Onyankopɔn da, gye ne Ba korɔ no a ɔno nso yɛ Onyankopɔn no, deɛ ɔwɔ Agya no nkyɛn na wada no adi no.
19Yudafoɔ mpanin a wɔwɔ Yerusalem somaa asɔfoɔ ne Lewifoɔ kɔɔ Yohane nkyɛn kɔbisaa no sɛ, “Wone Agyenkwa no anaa?” 20Yohane antwentwɛn asɛm no mmuaeɛ so. Ɔpaee mu ka kyerɛɛ wɔn prɛko pɛ sɛ, “Ɛnyɛ mene Agyenkwa no.”
21Wɔbisaa no sɛ, “Ɛnneɛ, na wone hwan, Elia anaa?”
Ɔbuaa wɔn sɛ, “Dabi.”
Wɔbisaa no bio sɛ, “Wone Odiyifoɔ no?”
Ɔsane buaa wɔn sɛ, “Dabi”.
22Wɔsane bisaa no sɛ, “Ɛnneɛ, na wone hwan? Ka kyerɛ yɛn na yɛnkɔbɔ wɔn a wɔsomaa yɛn no amaneɛ. Asɛm bɛn na wowɔ ka fa wo ho?”
23Yohane buaa wɔn sɛ, “Mene nne a ɛfiri ɛserɛ so a ɛreteam, sɛdeɛ Odiyifoɔ Yesaia hyɛɛ nkɔm sɛ, ‘Monsiesie mo ho mma Awurade ba a ɔbɛba no no.’ ”
24Afei, wɔn a Farisifoɔ no somaa wɔn no bisaa Yohane bio sɛ, 25“Sɛ ɛnyɛ wone Agyenkwa no anaa Elia anaa Odiyifoɔ no a, adɛn enti na wobɔ asu?”
26Yohane nso buaa sɛ, “Me deɛ, nsuo na mede bɔ asu, nanso obi wɔ mo mfimfini ha a monnim no, 27a ne mpaboa mpo memfata sɛ meworɔ; ɔno na ɔbɛdi mʼakyi aba.”
28Saa asɛm yi sii Betania a ɛwɔ Asubɔnten Yordan agya, faako a na Yohane rebɔ asu no.
Yesu, Onyankopɔn Dwammaa No
29Adeɛ kyeeɛ a Yohane hunuu Yesu sɛ ɔreba ne nkyɛn no, ɔteaam kaa sɛ, “hwɛ, Onyankopɔn Dwammaa a ɔyi ewiase bɔne korɔ no! 30Yei ne deɛ mekaa ne ho asɛm sɛ, ‘Deɛ ɔdi mʼakyi reba no yɛ kɛse sene me, ɛfiri sɛ, na ɔwɔ hɔ ansa na mereba.’ 31Me deɛ, na mennim no, nanso mede nsuo bɛbɔɔ asu, sɛdeɛ ɛbɛyɛ na mɛda no adi akyerɛ Israel.”
32Na Yohane dii adanseɛ sɛ, “Mehunuu Honhom no sɛ asiane aba ne so sɛ aborɔnoma a ɔresiane firi soro. 33Na anka mennim no, nanso ɛberɛ a Onyankopɔn somaa me sɛ memfa nsuo mmɔ asu no, ɔka kyerɛɛ me sɛ, ‘Onipa a wobɛhunu sɛ Honhom no bɛsiane aba ne so no, ɔno ne deɛ worehwɛ nʼanim no. Ɔno na ɔde Honhom Kronkron bɛbɔ asu.’ 34Mahunu yeinom nyinaa sɛ aba mu na medi ho adanseɛ sɛ yei ne Onyankopɔn Ba no.”
Yesu Asuafoɔ A Wɔdi Kan
35Adeɛ kyeeɛ a Yohane ne nʼasuafoɔ no mu baanu gyina baabi no, wɔhunuu sɛ Yesu retwam. 36Yohane hwɛɛ no, kaa sɛ, “Yei ne Onyankopɔn Dwammaa no!”
37Asuafoɔ baanu no tee deɛ ɔkaeɛ no, wɔkɔdii Yesu akyi. 38Yesu twaa nʼani hunu sɛ wɔdi nʼakyi no, ɔbisaa wɔn sɛ, “Ɛdeɛn na morehwehwɛ?”
Wɔn nso bisaa no sɛ, “Rabi” (a ne nkyerɛaseɛ ne Ɔkyerɛkyerɛfoɔ), “ɛhe na wote?”
39Ɔbuaa wɔn sɛ, “Mommra mmɛhwɛ.”
Enti, wɔne no kɔ kɔhwɛɛ faako a ɔte no ne no tenaa hɔ firi awia nnɔnnan kɔsii anwummerɛ.
40Nnipa baanu a wɔtee Yohane asɛm no enti ɛmaa wɔkɔdii Yesu akyi no mu baako ne Simon Petro nua Andrea. 41Adeɛ a ɛdi ɛkan a Andrea yɛeɛ ne sɛ, ɔkɔhwehwɛɛ ne nua Petro ka kyerɛɛ no sɛ, “Yɛahunu Mesia no.” 42Ɔde Petro kɔɔ Yesu nkyɛn.
Yesu hwɛɛ Petro dinn ka kyerɛɛ no sɛ, “Wone Simon, Yohane ba no. Nanso, ɛfiri ɛnnɛ rekɔ wɔbɛfrɛ wo Kefa.” Ɛno ara ne Petro a nʼasekyerɛ ne Ɔbotan no.
Yesu Frɛ Filipo Ne Natanael
43Adeɛ kyeeɛ no, Yesu yɛɛ nʼadwene sɛ ɔbɛkɔ Galilea. Ɔhunuu Filipo ka kyerɛɛ no sɛ, “Di mʼakyi.”
44Filipo nso na ɔfiri Betsaida a ɛhɔ na Petro ne Andrea nso firi. 45Filipo firi hɔ kɔɔ Natanael nkyɛn kɔka kyerɛɛ no sɛ, “Yɛahunu Agyenkwa no a Mose ne adiyifoɔ no hyɛɛ ne ho nkɔm no no. Wɔfrɛ no Yesu. Ɔyɛ Yosef a ɔfiri Nasaret no ba.”
46Natanael bisaa Filipo sɛ, “Ade pa bi bɛtumi afiri Nasaret aba?”
Filipo nso ka kyerɛɛ no sɛ, “Bra na bɛhwɛ.”
47Ɛberɛ a Yesu hunuu Natanael sɛ ɔreba no, ɔkaa sɛ, “Israelni nokwafoɔ ni ampa.”
48Natanael bisaa Yesu sɛ, “Woyɛɛ dɛn hunuu sɛdeɛ meteɛ?”
Yesu nso buaa no sɛ, “Ɛberɛ a wowɔ borɔdɔma dua no ase hɔ no na mehunuu wo ansa na Filipo rebɛfrɛ wo.”
49Natanael kaa sɛ, “Ɔkyerɛkyerɛfoɔ, wone Onyankopɔn Ba, Israelhene no!”
50Yesu bisaa no sɛ, “Esiane sɛ meka kyerɛɛ wo sɛ mehunuu wo wɔ borɔdɔma dua no ase enti na wogye di anaa? Wobɛhunu nneɛma akɛseɛ a ɛsene yeinom. 51Mereka nokorɛ akyerɛ mo sɛ, mobɛhunu sɛ ɔsoro abue na Onyankopɔn abɔfoɔ redi aforosiane Onipa Ba no soɔ.”